Mayra Lozano

2019 to 2020
Immigrant Defenders Law Center
Placement Location:
Los Angeles
Legal Studies and Chicana/o Studies
Guerrero, Mexico

Mayra Lozano is a proud immigrant from Guerrero, Mexico. She was raised by two immigrant parents in Compton, California. Mayra is graduating from UC Berkeley with a B.A in Legal Studies and Chicana/o Studies. She is an aspiring immigration and human rights attorney who wants to work with immigrant and refugee communities. She is dedicated to working with both communities to ensure they have access to legal services and proper representation. 

Her interest in immigration and human rights stems from her own experience as an immigrant and from working with both communities. Most recently she interned with UCLA’s Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, where she worked directly with a grassroots worker rights organization in Southeast, Chicago. In collaboration with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos and the University of Illinois – School of Public Health, she co-wrote a health report highlighting OSHA violations and health risks in the recycling industry in Southeast Chicago. She provided the report to 10th ward Alderwoman Garza to aid during negotiations with recycling companies. 

During her time in Chicago, she also worked alongside community organizers in various public campaigns against wage theft and other labor rights violations. Mayra is currently working as a volunteer at East Bay Sanctuary Covenant a non-profit that is dedicated to offering sanctuary, advocacy, and legal services to those seeking refuge. 

For three years, she has worked with the Residential Education Department at Cal as a Resident Assistant and Community Coordinator. She also served as a fellow for the Casa Magdalena Program which aims to provide mentorship for first generation, low income, and Latinx students at Berkeley. She participated in a service/learning trip with Alternative Breaks in New Orleans, where she worked on various community rebuilding projects. 

During her time at Cal she also worked full time as a cashier and Apple product specialist. Mayra is currently writing an honors legal studies thesis, “Undocumented, Unprotected, and Overworked: Understanding the role of Undocumented Status in the Workplace” which looks at the new economies of work experienced by migrants. 

Mayra has received many awards and honors including being selected as the student speaker for TEDxBerkeley 2017. She is also a Cal Alumni Achievement Award Program scholar, Hispanic Scholarship fund scholar, Leadership Award recipient, and Mildred Jordan Sharp Merit scholarship recipient. 

Her goal for the Gardner Fellowship is to learn from leaders and community members on how to best provide public service to marginalized communities.