Karla serves on the P+B team as a paralegal.
She is a graduate of Tulane’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, where she received her Master’s with distinction. Her thesis explores the use of grilletes (GPS ankle monitors) and the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (“ISAP”) as a gendered method of immigration control. The thesis traced the politics and rhetoric that influenced the development of alternatives to detention and documented how the grilletes had impacted the sense of self, relationships, and perception of time and space of those forced to wear them. Karla also has a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from Loyola University of New Orleans.
Karla is also an artist that uses mixed media to tell the stories of immigrants, especially immigrant women.
She is fluent in English and Spanish. She is a proud DREAMER who is originally from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, but now calls New Orleans her home.
Prior to joining Pelton + Balducci, Karla worked as the Wage Claim Clinic Administrator for the Workplace Justice Project where she worked with individuals – the majority of them immigrants – who had been the victims of wage theft by their employers. She is also a participating member of the Congreso de Jornaleros. As part of a large family of immigrant workers, Karla cites her family’s endurance as her primary motivation for working in immigration advocacy.
In her spare time, Karla enjoys drawing, dancing, and eating poboys.