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Alexandra Santamaria

Legal Intern

Alexandra Santamaria is a rising third-year law student ( J.D. Candidate Class of 2025) at the University of Miami School of Law in Miami, FL. She received her B.A. degree in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA in 2018.


Not too long after graduation, she moved back to her native city of Houston to work as a legal assistant for Justice for all Immigrants (JFAI) in 2019, where she focused on grants that provided direct representation to immigrants in detention facilities who sought immigration bonds, paroles, asylum, and cancellation of removals. She supported several grants, including the Deportation Defense Houston Collaborative, the Church World Service Asylum Project, and Harris County’s Immigrant Legal Services Fund. She was also awarded a grant from the National Justice for Our Neighbors to work on the Caminamos Juntos Asylum Seeker Project at the border in Nogales, Mexico that helped asylum seeker families be paroled into the United States under a special Title 42 abeyance. Her time at JFAI inspired her to go to law school in 2022. During law school, she has interned for the summer at the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida in the Special Prosecutions Division that focused on child exploitation, human trafficking, and gang related violence.


In her 2L year, she interned at Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli, and Pratt, P.A. where she furthered her legal training in immigration with the leading immigration practitioners. She is excited to return to JFAI as a legal intern and resume the work she is most passionate about.  

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