Noelle spent the past four years working at the crossroads of immigration, criminal justice, and gender-based violence, both in direct services and on a policy level. Her experiences convinced her of the dual needs to use the law as a force for progressive change and to tackle race, gender, and class oppression from a cross-disciplinary perspective. The opportunity to address both of these needs through an interdisciplinary legal education is what ultimately drew her to Penn Law. Noelle has a particular interest in the national and international domestic workers’ movements, and hopes to spend her time at Penn honing her knowledge of workers’, women’s, and immigrants’ rights.
Before coming to UPenn, Noelle researched relationships between law enforcement and immigrant communities with the Vera Institute of Justice. Previously, Noelle worked at Sanctuary for Families in the South Bronx, where she assisted undocumented survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking with immigration filings, housing, education, and public benefits applications.
Noelle earned her BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her honors thesis analyzed graphic novel memoirs written by women in exile.