University: Florida International University
Major: Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Concentration in Education
Languages: Spanish, American Sign Language, Portugese
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Biography: I am Katherine Almendarez, a Honduran advocate. I arrived to the United States in 2014 seeking asylum from Honduras. During the last five years living in Miami, I graduated from School for Advanced Studies, a top high school in the U.S., one month after I graduated from Miami Dade College with my Associates Degree focused in Political Science. As a result, I am able to graduate two years early from Florida International University and receive my Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Latin America Studies and Education.
My main focus is the development of Latin American countries and serving as a liaison between those countries and the United States. Locally, I volunteer at an immigration non-profit law firm, advocate for immigrant’s rights on local and national television, and conduct workshops to provide accessibility to higher education for undocumented students. Nationally, I’ve debated in the NJ senate and proposed an immigration reform bill, spent my summer rallying outside detention centers, and I utilize social media to bring awareness to the violence happening in Latin Americans countries. Internationally, I founded the Key to Knowledge (KTK) non-profit organization to increase education equity in Latin America. KTK has gifted school supplies to over 500 students in Honduras, Venezuela, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. My team and I are now opening university chapters across the country to increase education accessibility in local cities.
I’m confident that my career path is to become an International Human Rights Attorney and utilize my power within the legal field to enact change throughout Latin America. As I embark on the next steps in my career, I’ve become a recipient of TRIALS 2019 where I will spend this summer preparing for law school admissions and career opportunities in the public sector at Harvard Law School. Once in law school, I will obtain my Juris Doctor in International Law and simultaneously a Masters in Public Policy to continue representing my people from Honduras and fighting alongside those facing injustices in the world.