Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Carolina Rubio MacWright ’06 had a passion to become a lawyer from a young age due to her parents and the political atmosphere in Columbia.
“I have always been very passionate about equality and protecting people’s freedoms,” says Carolina. “I felt like I lived in a prison in Colombia, always fearing for my life coupled with the impotence felt as a result of our corrupt legal system. Knowing I couldn’t truly bring change in my country given its reality, gives me so much fuel to fight for my dreams in this country because the roadblocks here don’t necessarily imply death. Fighting for freedom and those that are so invisible, in whichever way I can, has been my compass throughout my life and it continues to be.”
She came to America at age 19 and has continued to dedicate her life to issues concerning immigration.
“I am so proud of this young nation, but there are so many very serious issues that must be addressed and sometimes elucidating those with conversations and words doesn’t cut it,” says MacWright.
She finds her work in immigration rewarding but hard to work in due to the complexity and discretionary power of judges and officers. She continues to find it difficult to accept regulations even if she does not agree with them.
“Our immigration laws have not significantly changed since the ’60s, therefore, have not adapted to the many changes since, such as globalization, technology, refugee crisis, family reunification, the list goes on,” says MacWright. “The most troubling thing of all is how the execution of these laws and regulations is determined by the Executive Branch, which in turn just produces instability and inconsistency in an area that affects so many people. It’s very frustrating, but I have hope that change is coming.”
Much of her expertise comes from having to go through the system herself. Her experience has allowed her to help clients in a very special way.
“The stories that make me proud and invigorate me are those where I was able to empower women and girls to find a better future,” says MacWright.