Virginia Reyes is a Paralegal at the Franco Law Group. She was born in Los Angeles to an immigrant mother who immigrated from Durango, Mexico at the age of 19 to ensure that her children had a better future. She was raised with four other sisters. She grew up with the culture, food, language, and music of Mexico because her mother never wanted her to lose touch with her native land. Virginia actively participates in Ballet Folklorico, and was part of Reflejos de Mexico throughout college, performing at several festivals and events.
Virginia attended the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in political science and graduating in 2016, two years early. She also, simultaneously, worked at Habitot Children’s Museum and Berkeley Art Museum, and volunteered at East Bay Sanctuary Covenant in college. She found her home away from home with Hermanas Unidas Inc., a student organization, whose motto is “Poder De La Mujer.” Being around other powerful, diligent Latinx students daily inspired her and drove her to reach her fullest potential as a student. Leveraging all of her educational resources, she studied in Paris and London.
Virginia’s passion for law was awakened at a very young age, and her experience at East Bay Sanctuary Covenant only continued fueling her drive as she successfully helped immigrants seeking asylum, U-Visas, residency, and naturalization while there.
Virginia was drawn to the Franco Law Group after noting its leadership team was comprised of powerful women. She loves the firm’s commitment to educate the community and enjoys being part of a dedicated team. She diligently works to help clients gain status during the Trump administration. Earning her paralegal certificate, she is well rounded on immigration, assisting in family-based petitions, removal defense cases and quality checks. She is the coordinator of the Pro-Bono program and ensures the firm maintains its docket of 10% pro bono cases as well as organize workshops to educate the community about their rights. She also directs the Legal Education Department whose mission is to train other immigration organizations to provide quality representation to the community through weekly trainings held every Monday at the firm. She continues to be the voice of her community, and at the Franco Law Group, hopes to continue pulling underrepresented people out of the shadows.