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May 28, 2014

Rocío Albarrán 3L was awarded the Peggy Browning Fellowship, a 10-week summer fellowship where she will work at CLEAN Carwash Campaign in Los Angeles.

Peggy Browning Fellows are students who have not only excelled in law school but who have also demonstrated a commitment to workers’ rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer, and personal experiences. Albarrán is one of 70 recipients of this fellowship nationwide this year. 

Rocío Albarrán

As a child of once-undocumented immigrants from Mexico, Albarrán’s parents worked hard to benefit their family, and took minimum wage jobs that were often abusive, she said. As an undergraduate at UCLA majoring in political science and sociology, Albarrán developed a particular interest in defending the rights of workers while volunteering as a tutor for day laborers and marched with them on May Day 2006. 

After graduation, she served as alumni affairs coordinator for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she advocated for immigrant and undocumented students’ access to college-required courses, for English language learner and special education accommodations, and to increase parent engagement. 

Through USF’s Employment Law Clinic, Albarrán helped represent a client in a United States Coast Guard hearing and worked on wage and hour issues, providing legal services to low-wage workers through Instituto Laboral de La Raza.

“The fellowship is a unique opportunity to learn more about the current issues workers face while serving a community that resonates with me,” said Albarrán. “A person’s ability to earn a livelihood impacts every aspect of her life. Without stable and safe working conditions, working class families are exposed to abuse and marginalization. Over the course of the summer, I will work and learn under the tutelage of advocates committed to improving the lives of working class families.”