Cristina is an Immigration Policy intern at the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy.
As an undergraduate, Cristina organized and created initiatives for the advancement of immigrant youth and minority students. During her senior year, Cristina designed and received funding for a mentorship program for immigrant high school students with the purpose of helping students successfully graduate from high school and attend college. In 2006, she received the Queens College's Student Activities Award.
Cristina is a founding member of the New York State Youth Leadership Council, a network of young advocates representing high schools, colleges, communities of faith and community-based organizations committed to promoting the advancement of immigrant youth through leadership development and advocacy. She has advocated for the passage of the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform for the past three years.
Cristina worked at the Latin American Integration Center, where she developed a youth curriculum focused on civic participation and immigrant communities, and engaged youth in voter mobilization efforts in Queens. She also became the Immigrant Rights Organizer, where she worked developing the power and leadership of immigrant communities in Queens for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform and pro-immigrant legislation.
Cristina has been profiled in the Daily News and El Diario, and quoted in the Daily News, Columbia Spectator, El Diario, and Hoy.