Cristina Gil is a Law Clerk at the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from Georgetown University. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from American University Washington College of Law.
While studying at Georgetown University, she served as a legal aid intern at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), in Chicago. She also served as a law clerk for the Cook County Public Defender, and interned with Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL).
Prior to law school, Cristina worked as a paralegal for the Immigration Law Group in Washington, DC. She also worked as an Executive Assistant to the Chief Academic Officer at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, the first adult public charter preparing the diverse immigrant population of Washington, DC to learn English, obtain educational degrees, and workforce certifications. She later held the Recruitment, Visa and Immigration Specialist position in the Human Resources Department of Howard University.
During her time at American University Washington College of Law, she served as a Legal Clinic Volunteer at CASA de Maryland assisting with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application renewals. She also volunteered with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) in Harlingen, Texas providing pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in Port Isabel Detention Center. She later served as a Detention Hotline Volunteer with Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition helping immigrant adult detainees in Maryland and Virginia connect with their attorneys free-of-charge. Additionally, she worked as a law clerk at Trow & Rahal, P.C. and served as a legal intern at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. She was previously selected as a HBA-DC Foundation’s Public Interest Fellow and joined CAIR Coalition’s Detained Children’s Program providing legal services to immigrant children held in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in Maryland and Virginia.
Prior to joining ASAP, Cristina served as a Student Attorney with the Immigrant Justice Clinic at American University Washington College of Law, representing detained and non-detained clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She also conducted legal screenings and Know Your Rights presentations at La Clínica del Pueblo, a health center serving the Latinx LGBTQ immigrant community in Washington, DC.
Cristina is originally from Chicago, Illinois and is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. She is a first-generation graduate and fluent in English and Spanish.