Noemi Cruz-Cruz is a candidate for the Master of Public Affairs (DC Concentration) at the LBJ School. She is a graduate in international studies from Willamette University, with minors in history and politics.
Her interest in immigration policy led her to advocate for unaccompanied minors' rights as a legal assistant with the YMCA of Greater Houston-International Services and as a paralegal with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). Her work furthered her interest in aligning immigration and environmental policy to tackle future climate driven migration.
Cruz-Cruz is a CONNECT fellow, spearheading a financial health survey program designed to influence policy addressing access to financial sources for financially vulnerable families. She also is a senior student associate with the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, where she is responsible for collecting data for the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project.
Cruz-Cruz hopes to find a Policy Apprenticeship in DC with a nonprofit organization or think tank focused on immigration policy, particularly in the areas of forced displacement, climate and environmental displacement, and child migration.
Policy interests: Immigration; climate and environmental displacement; unaccompanied migration