Chelsea is committed to serving the needs of indigent immigrants and victims of human rights abuses, both locally in Philadelphia and across the globe. While in college at Emory University, Chelsea conducted research in Jalapa, Nicaragua with a rural development program called Hambre Cero/Zero Hunger; she was also a senior manager of the Green Bean, a student-run coffee shop that advocated for sustainable and Fair Trade policies for campus food vendors. After graduating with a B.A. in Journalism and International Studies, Chelsea worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Miriam’s House, a transitional home for women with HIV and their children in Washington, DC, and then as a public housing case manager for families involved in the Philadelphia foster care system. Chelsea eventually concluded that taking time off to pursue a legal education would allow her to serve her clients in the most effective and tenacious way possible.
During her time at Penn Law, Chelsea has researched health and human rights issues as a legal intern with Human Rights Watch in New York City, as well as provided direct legal services to immigrants in Philadelphia through work with the Nationalities Service Center, Friends of Farmworkers, Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia, and Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. After graduating this spring, she will serve as a judicial clerk for the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and then the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit before pursuing a public interest career in service to immigrant clients.