Alejandra Gutierrez

Staff
Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow
Portrait photograph of Alejandra Gutierrez

Alejandra Gutierrez is an Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow for NCYL’s Youth Justice Initiative, sponsored by the Morrison & Foerster Foundation. Her work aims to reduce the incarceration and system-involvement of youth by changing systemic responses from punitive to a community, healing-centered approach. In her previous work, she walked alongside youth and families as they navigated the juvenile legal system and supported their engagement and leadership in movement-building efforts. Gutierrez began community organizing in 2009 and has been a part of California’s youth justice movement since 2013. Previously, she was a Labor Union Organizer, Program Director of a grassroots non-profit organization, and Program Associate at a philanthropic foundation.

Gutierrez grew up in Coachella – a small community in California’s Inland Empire. As a first-generation college student, she received her B.A. in Psychology & Social Behavior and Chicanx/Latinx Studies from UC Irvine and earned her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law. During law school, she was a part of the Civil Rights Clinic, the Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy, and interned with the Sacramento Juvenile Public Defender’s Office. Gutierrez is passionate about integrating culturally-rooted healing practices into her work to help bring generational healing. She envisions a world where children and youth of color are loved and their sacredness is restored.