Rebecca Cortes

Rebecca Cortes is a rising junior in the Honors Program at Fordham University at Lincoln Center, and is originally from Butler, New Jersey. She is majoring in Humanitarian Studies on the pre-law track with a double minor in English and Peace and Justice Studies. Her passions revolve around the intersection between human rights advocacy and the legal field. Rebecca acquired a particular interest in immigration advocacy after working with Make the Road New Jersey, where she was selected to be a Dream Ambassador and work with attorneys to review affidavits for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants. On campus, Rebecca is a student delegate for the Dean's Anti Racism Committee, and she is conducting a research project in the Matteo Ricci Seminar with three other students to create a resource guide for newly arrived immigrants in New York City. Last summer, she was one of 100 chosen students nationwide to attend the National Leadership Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. This summer, Rebecca will work as a Legal Writing Intern for Rosenblum Law, conducting research on various sectors of the legal field, including criminal defense law, family law, and personal injury law. Rebecca is working to become an immigration lawyer dedicated to civil rights cases and eventually, she aspires to be a judge in the New York Supreme Court. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys playing the clarinet, saxophone, and piano, writing, thrifting, and spending time with her friends and family.