Annel Becerra is a paralegal at Social Justice Collaborative and a recent graduate of UC Berkeley. After immigrating to the United States at a young age, Annel became involved in a host of programs during her undergraduate years to provide support to immigrants in the Oakland area. At a nonprofit in the East Bay, she taught ESL and citizenship classes while volunteering with Centro Legal de la Raza’s employment and housing clinics and working with the Youth Empowerment Program visiting a local shelter for undocumented youth.
After immigrating from Mexico at a young age, Annel spent her childhood in Santa Barbara. Faced with a lack of diversity and therefore limited resources for immigrants and citizens of color, she found a home in Oakland. One of her greatest accomplishments is graduating from UC Berkeley and showing her younger brother and sister that it’s possible to determine your own path in life and to empower not only yourself but those around you.
Outside of her work at SJC, Annel loves to backpack and plans to hike the Pacific Coast Trail and travel through Peru and Chile before attending law school.
Annel’s favorite part about working at SJC is the staff. Being part of a productive and supportive work environment has given her the opportunity to learn and grow. She finds inspiration in the staff’s dedication to their work and motivation in advocating for a cause that makes a significant impact in the lives of many like herself.