Brenda is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington D.C. She entered law school to pursue international human rights law after working on a few social justice campaigns, including advocating for educational equity, providing access to healthcare, and promoting economic opportunities in low-income rural areas. Her experiences conducting field work and research in Ghana enlightened her to the impact and reach a legal approach can have on larger value-based campaigns.
She continued to pursue similar campaigns in law school as a member of the Journal of Gender Social Policy & the Law, a competitor in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society, President of the African Justice Initiative, and a member of the Social Justice Alliance. She worked with the Department of Education tracking legislation that advanced educational equity in the United States, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights to speak to truth to power and provide a human rights education to incarcerated youth in Maryland, the Impact Litigation Project at American University to advocate for disability rights in Columbia before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and the Civil Litigation Clinic at American University to navigate local residents through sensitive issues, including gender-based discrimination, domestic abuse, and unlawful employment termination.
Her passion to aid individuals and affect systemic change converged in the border town of El Paso, Texas where she worked with asylum seekers across multiple continents and worked towards reuniting separated families through various avenues of immigration relief. This experience brought her back to El Paso upon graduating from law school where she spent three years managing an immigration law practice of a national law firm.
Brenda joined Green | Evans-Schroeder's litigation team with the aim of guiding noncitizens through the complexities, and anxieties, of the removal system, with a willingness to pursue alternative forms of relief, and to find creative approaches to promote the rights of her clients and the community at large.