Claudia Arrieta

Country of Origin:

El Salvador

Themes:

Citizenship, Immigration, Racism/Discrimination, Human Rights & Social Justice, Identity & Heritage, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Adjusting to Life in Canada

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Bio

Claudia is a Juris Doctor Candidate at the University of British Columbia. She is currently completing Temporary Articles at the Law Students' Legal Advice Program, and sits on the executive of the Canadian Bar Association's Law Student's Forum.

Soon after immigrating to Vancouver, Claudia completed a Certificate in Court Interpreting at Vancouver Community College. After that, she graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in International Relations and Latin American Studies.

While completing her undergrad at SFU, she worked as a trilingual representative at Club Intrawest, servicing clients in Spanish, French and English. Claudia also volunteered extensively in student groups and within her department, culminating in her presidency of her student union.

Claudia remains dedicated to giving back to her community. During first year of law school, she volunteered with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and her faculty's career services team.

She is looking forward to the summer, when she will start Summer Articles in ICBC's litigation department.

Claudia is fluent in Spanish, French and English.

Story

Hi there! My name is Claudia and I am from El Salvador. I immigrated to Canada in 2010 and consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to live and thrive in Vancouver.

Soon after I moved I decided to pursue a career in law, and since then, I have been dedicating all of my efforts to making that dream come true.

My journey to become a lawyer started while working as a legal translator in my hometown in El Salvador. In that role, I translated for a mining company, an airline, multinational corporations and government officials. During this time, I also underwent a prolonged immigration process. For over two years, I managed my family’s application and in 2010, I landed in Vancouver to

continue my journey.

The combination of work, study and volunteer work allowed me to assimilate and adapt to my new home.

I am an ardent believer in the power of storytelling and to this day, draw inspiration from the testimonies of people around me. I am looking forward to sharing my story, with the hope that I can inspire, inform or motivate someone at least a tiny bit.