Zoila Alvarez Hernandez


Corinne Wolfe Transformative Advocacy Fellow



Zoila Y. Alvarez Hernández is a Corinne Wolfe Transformative Advocacy Fellow dedicated to combating the entanglement of local, state, city and county resources going to increased immigration enforcement and its effect on immigrant children and families in New Mexico. Through her Fellowship, Zoila seeks to enforce immigrants’ civil rights through strategic litigation, education, and policy advocacy.

Zoila earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Spanish from UNM in 2010. Zoila earned a Masters in Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural Studies with a focus on bilingual education from the UNM College of Education in 2015. At UNM School of Law, she worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the UNM Center for Education Policy Research, helped co-found the Immigration Law Student Association, and served as a Marshall-Brennan Project Fellow. In 2018, Zoila worked as a student attorney for the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Law Clinic in Boston hosted at Greater Boston Legal Services where she represented South American and Caribbean asylees. Zoila is committed to creating lasting impact in New Mexico and hopes to use her work with the ACLU to help improve the health and well-being of New Mexico’s immigrant children and families.