University: Claremont McKenna College
Major: Chicanx/Latinx Studies, Public Policy
Languages: Spanish, American Sign Language, Portuguese
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Biography: I am Katherine Almendarez, a Honduran advocate. I arrived in 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. Now, I attend Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California where I’m majoring in Chicanx/Latinx Studies and Public Policy.
My main focus is the development of Latin American countries and serving as a liaison between those countries and the United States. Locally, I volunteered at an immigration non-profit law firm, advocated for immigrants’ rights on local and national television, and conducted workshops to provide access 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 additionally 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. My commitment to this field was solidified with my participation in TRIALS 2019, a pre-law summer program at Harvard Law School where I learned about admissions and career opportunities in the public sector.
Once in law school, I plan to 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.