Joel Cruz-Esparza
Joel Cruz-Esparza, assistant attorney general with the Office of the New Mexico Attorney, presents, "Are You Interested to Learn Who Will Benefit Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?" on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in El Centro de la Raza's conference room, located in Mesa Vista Hall on the University of New Mexico campus. Lunch will be provided.

Cruz-Esparza's formative years in the legal profession were as a legal services attorney. He worked for nine years with the Farm Worker Legal Center in Las Cruces, N.M., a branch of Southern New Mexico Legal Services. He also worked as director of a Tri-County Citizenship Project with California Rural Legal Assistance in Salinas, Calif.

Cruz-Esparza received a bachelor of arts in psychology and a juris doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles. As an undergraduate, he attended the University of California, San Diego, and participated in its Education Abroad Program in Madrid, Spain, for one academic year.

Cruz-Esparza was born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, and, as a child, immigrated to the United States with his parents and attended public schools in both countries. He is fully bilingual and is now a naturalized United States citizen.

He lives in Albuquerque, N.M. with his wife and son.

This lecture is an installment of El Centro's Speaker Series Forum Literatura y Letras.

For more information, contact El Centro at 277-5020.

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