Before Sabrina Rivera became the Executive Director for the Orange County Justice Fund (OCJF) in 2021, Ms. Rivera served as the supervising attorney at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) for the California State University (CSU) Project that provided immigration legal services to eight CSU campuses in Southern California in affirmative and removal defense cases. Before CARECEN, Ms. Rivera served as the staff attorney at Western State College of Law’s (WSCL) Immigration Clinic in Orange County, California, where she directly represented clients in a range of matters, including deportation defense, humanitarian visas for survivors of violence, citizenship and asylum. She also supervised and mentored law students enrolled in the Immigration Clinic on cases and community-based education initiatives throughout Orange County.
Ms. Rivera previously served as an Adjunct Lecturer at UCI Law Immigrant Rights Clinic where she supervised law students in the Bond Represent Project. She also served as adjunct faculty at WSCL for six years, where she taught a lawyering skills class. She is the former chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Immigration Section. She received her JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and her BA in Chicana/o Studies and Political Science from California State University, Dominguez Hills.