Andrea Daniela Jimenez Flores joined the ACLU of Utah as the Immigrants' Rights Policy Fellow in December 2022. Andrea was five months old when she and her parents emigrated from Jalisco, Mexico, to Utah, United States. Her parents' strength, resilience, and immense support made it possible for her to become the first in her family to graduate college while overcoming obstacles presented by her immigration status as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient.
Andrea graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah with three bachelor's degrees in Communication, Political Science, and Sociology. While in college, she held many roles at Comunidades Unidas, focusing on advancing immigrants' rights, Latinx empowerment, workers' rights, civic engagement, and addressing disparities during COVID-19. Andrea interned for Utah State Senator Luz Escamilla and the Ibarra Strategy Group, where she was further exposed to the challenges faced by her community at the state and national levels. Andrea completed the 2021-2022 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellowship, wherein she worked on federal policy initiatives affecting historically underrepresented communities nationwide.
Andrea is ecstatic to learn from everyone at the ACLU of Utah and work towards meaningful advancements for equity and justice for immigrants in Utah. In her free time, Andrea enjoys the outdoors in her free time, going to the gym, cooking, watching rom-coms, and playing with Superman (her German shepherd).