Born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area, Kati’s first recollection of family advocacy is translating documents from English to Spanish for her Salvadoran parents. As a Senior Case Manager for the Family Wellness program, Kati works to provide immigrant families and youth with personalized and comprehensive case management to support their well-being. In addition to her direct service work with Central American Families and youth, she is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her dissertation work is a mixed-methods study of Central American Unaccompanied Minors living in San Francisco, CA. Kati is the recipient of a number of grants and awards including the Lionel Cantú Memorial Award, the 2017 Chancellor’s Dissertation Year Award, and the 2017 Chicago Ethnography Incubator Graduate Student Fellowship. Kati believes that direct service work and academia can work hand-in-hand to identify challenges and barriers that immigrants face, put these into broader context, and positively shape immigration policy, law, and discourse to provide equitable conditions for migrants and their families.