Carolina Ugalde is a Paralegal at the Franco Law Group. She grew up in East Los Angeles to immigrant parents from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Her parents immigrated to the United States hoping to provide their children with better opportunities. Carolina’s mother made Carolina copy Spanish newspapers by hand to ensure that she maintained her fluency in the language, and connection to her culture. She witnessed her parent’s work diligently to provide for her and her siblings. The long nights, double shifts and sacrifices her parents made daily inspired her to work diligently to excel in school and in her career.
Carolina attended local schools in East Los Angeles, and was involved with local organizations geared toward improving the community. She volunteered for local homeless shelters, Christmas toy drives, and community beautification projects. Her efforts, ultimately, opened the doors for her at the University of California, Merced, where she studied political science and business management. During her time at UC Merced, Carolina interned for the Merced District Attorney’s office. While there, she became familiarized with the prosecutorial process. Carolina also had the opportunity to work for the House of Representatives with Congressman Ted Lieu. During her internship in Washington D.C, Carolina was able to meet with Members of Congress, and their staff, to discuss pervasive issues in the country. She was a constant voice for immigrants and marginalized communities during her time in Washington D.C.
When the new administration entered the White House, Carolina decided that she had to help the immigrant community. This desire led her to Franco Law Group, APLC. As a Paralegal, Carolina has a direct impact on the lives of many people who want to obtain immigration relief. Carolina tackles every case with attentiveness and resilience, as she cares for each client as if it were a member of her family.