Carla joined the ACLU of Texas as the Administrative Assistant to the Border Rights Center in September of 2018.
Carla was born in El Paso, TX and spent much of her childhood travelling back and forth between her hometown and its sister city, Ciudad Juarez. Much of her identity has been shaped by the binational nature of her community and her place in a family of Mexican immigrants.
She graduated from the University of Texas of El Paso in 2017, with a degree in Sociology and Communication Studies. Most of her sociological work focused on the intersection of gender and religion. In February 2018, as the culmination of her time spent as an HSI Pathways to the Professoriate Fellow, she presented at the HSI Pathways Cross Institutional Conference. Her work addressed Christian Nationalism, social control and the regulation of female bodies in the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale and its relation to the current sociopolitical climate in the United States.
She has spent the last four years as a dedicated volunteer for the North Texas Chapter of Make-A-Wish and Girls Empowerment Network in Austin, Texas.