Treasury & Legal Affairs | Rodrigo Juarez Jr.
Rodrigo Juarez Jr. was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. He is a proud graduate of Homer Hanna High School and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Texas A&M University where he devoted most of his time studying international politics and relations, and was fortunate enough to take his passion and abilities to one of Spain’s oldest and most prestigious universities, la Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao, Spain. Upon graduating, Rodrigo returned home and worked as an Americorps for UT Outreach-RGV, a University of Texas at Austin program devoted to mentoring and assisting low-income high school students in the Rio Grande Valley regarding attending college or university. During his time at UT Outreach-RGV, Rodrigo personally observed some of the obstacles low-income and particularly undocumented students have to overcome in order to persevere and be successful. It was then that he decided to attend law school so that he would be better equipped to help bring about positive change in low-income and immigrant communities.
In 2016, Rodrigo obtained his Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland Oregon. As a law student, Rodrigo served as President of the Latino Law Society and clerked with several immigration nonprofits in the Portland-metro area. He founded, along with two of his colleagues, Lewis & Clark’s Immigration Student Group. It was through this group that Rodrigo and his fellow students were able to volunteer at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. There, they helped detained women and children in removal proceedings assert their rights under U.S. immigration and international law.
Rodrigo will always remember his time in Diley, Texas, his work there, and the relationship he developed with one particular Central American detainee. In Rodrigo’s own words, “I might have left Diley, but Diley will never leave me” (To read Rodrigo’s personal account click here.
Rodrigo has seen first-hand the effects that haphazard and badly thought-out policy can have on real people. He is committed as Texas Victory Project’s Director of Treasury and Legal Affairs to fight for working people and ensure bad politicians do not produce bad policy. He truly believes that the best way to bring about change in the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere is through increased community civic engagement and active organized participation.
Rodrigo is a proud Mexican-American and son of immigrant parents. He is a diehard San Antonio Spurs, Rayados de Monterrey, and Portland Timbers fan. He also enjoys spending time with his friends and family, discovering new places to eat and drink in the RGV, and relaxing with a good beer.