Anavictoria Avila is a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Policy Advocacy Clinic at Berkeley Law. She works on the clinic’s national campaign to eliminate debt imposed on youth and families by the juvenile court system. Avila joins PAC from the East Bay Community Law Center, where she served as an Education Advocate and Clinical Instructor at the Education, Defense and Justice for Youth Clinic (EDJY). At EDJY, she trained and supervised law students while providing holistic representation to system-impacted youth in special education, expulsion, and juvenile court proceedings.
Before EDJY, Anavictoria was the outreach coordinator for the Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children at Northwestern’s in-house clinic, the Children & Family Justice Center (CFJC). Anavictoria graduated in 2018 from Northwestern Law School, where she did five semesters of clinic practice with CFJC. Her experience covers the multiple facets of youth justice advocacy, including education advocacy, disability rights, trial advocacy, post-conviction litigation, expungement, clemency, immigration crossover issues, community collaboration and grassroots organizing.
Anavictoria earned her B.A. in American Studies from U.C. Berkeley, with an emphasis in violence and youth development, and a minor in art practice. She is an artist at heart, and in her free time, she paints murals and teaches painting classes in the local community.