Verastegui joined CLINIC in June 2020 as a consultant and became a Legal Assistant in the Defending Vulnerable Populations Program in December 2020. Prior to joining CLINIC, she worked at several social justice centers and at Rutgers University. She has experience in program planning, community outreach, grants administration, and has been actively involved in social justice and immigrants' rights work for more than 10 years.
Verastegui volunteered with the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law to help families and unaccompanied minors at detention centers in Dilley, Texas, and Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., respectively. She previously served as the lead for the Immigration Rights Huddle for Indivisible Central NJ. She also currently volunteers with Al Otro Lado as a translator and interpreter.
Verastegui graduated from Rutgers University with a master's degree in adult and continuing education and a graduate certificate in translation and interpreting between English and Spanish. She has a bachelor's degree in English from the College of New Jersey and most recently completed an immigration law course through the Immigration Service and Aid Center’s Summer Institute. Verastegui is fluent in Spanish.