Director, Children’s Immigration Network
Guadalupe Fernández joined CHILDREN AT RISK in 2022. As the Director of the Children’s Immigration Network, she is responsible for the development and advancement of CHILDREN AT RISK’s advocacy projects and campaigns to transform the policies and practices that impact immigrant children and families across Texas. Guadalupe is committed to advancing justice and equity by building collective power among immigrant families, advocates, and allies.
Guadalupe joins C@R with a wealth of experience advocating for rights and policy for migrant children and families at all levels of advocacy: individual, systems, and social change. As the Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager at the Tahirih Justice Center’s Houston office, she developed the first program for local and state advocacy on policies that impact immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. At Tahirih, Guadalupe previously served as a Fully Accredited Representative through the Department of Justice and represented children and families in their deportation proceedings before both the Department of Homeland Security and the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which includes the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She joined Tahirih as the Children’s Legal Advocate, where she was responsible for ensuring that immigrant child survivors of violence and their families were empowered to navigate the complicated legal and social systems.
Prior to Tahirih, she worked at Catholic Charities Houston as the Lead Legal Caseworker for the Child Advocacy and Legal Services Program supporting detained and released unaccompanied immigrant children. In Washington DC, Guadalupe was on the steering committee of the DC Detention Visitation Network and completed internships at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). Over the years, she has served on multiple local and state-wide coalitions, working groups, and task forces. Guadalupe is also a consultant for Praxis International, where she mentors domestic violence programs across the country in strengthening their individual, institutional, and social change advocacy to end all forms of gender-based violence.
Guadalupe is the proud daughter of immigrants and a first-generation college graduate from Georgetown University.