Women We Love 2022: Alejandra Caraballo

Alejandra Caraballo

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“When I was doing direct legal services, my clients were some of the most inspiring people given everything they’ve gone through,” Alejandra Caraballo, a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, tells GO. As a child, Caraballo saw firsthand how powerful the law could be after a lawyer helped her father secure workers’ compensation following an on-the-job accident that left him disabled. Now a lawyer herself, Caraballo is proud to give back to the community that has given her so much. “Being able to help them with my legal skills and get them to a better place was such a privilege,” she says. Throughout law school, Caraballo invested herself in public interest work at Safe Harbor Asylum Law Clinic and at the HELP Elder Law Clinic. But her true interest lies in LGBTQ+ advocacy, which she turned to after coming out as trans soon after passing the bar exam. Before joining Harvard, Caraballo worked as a staff attorney with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, and at the LGBTQ Law Project at New York Legal Assistance Group, where she focused on immigration and family law. Now as a teacher, she wants to inspire the next generation of lawyers to pursue their goals, and to show them that no career is unattainable. “I hope to continue being a symbol of visibility for young trans folks who are struggling, and show that they can do anything they want and that anything is possible,” she says. “If a trans woman of color can teach at Harvard Law School, there’s nothing that trans people can’t do.” –AB

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