East Texas Coordinator, Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project
Josefina Castro Argueta is the East Texas Coordinator for Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project, where she helps provide free immigration legal services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in rural and underserved areas of Texas. Josefina also worked at SAFE Alliance in Austin, Texas through AmeriCorps, where she also helped survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. A critical skill she has learned doing this work is the importance of addressing crisis and trauma while navigating access to different public services, including legal representation, housing, or healthcare. Josefina is the daughter of immigrants from El Salvador and Peru. She has always felt comfortable working alongside immigrant populations. In college she worked with various nonprofit organizations completing legal intakes, helping immigrants apply for residency and naturalization, and doing advocacy work in support of unaccompanied minors. Josefina was born in Los Angeles and lives in Austin. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017 with a major in Chicanx Studies and a minor in Labor and Workplace Studies. She is passionate about immigrant, LGBTQIA+, and reproductive rights... and cats. Josefina wants to go to law school and become an attorney. She is fiercely committed to social justice and creating a better world for all.