As a queer first-generation Salvadoran and child of a formerly incarcerated parent, Gabby Sergi brings a unique personal perspective to criminal justice reform work. Gabby has been able to connect and advocate for minority communities behind bars, especially the LGBT+ community, by using the various parts of her own identity and story. Gabby graduated with honors from the University of San Francisco majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology, Law and Society, minoring in Child & Youth Studies and Legal Studies. During her studies, she worked full-time and interned with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and Huckleberry Youth Programs’ Juvenile Justice Diversion Program, CARC. Post-graduation, she educated at-risk at system-involved juvenile justice youth about their rights, the consequences of crime, and life skills with Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) in Oakland, California. She also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and was a Litigation Assistant for the Prison Law Office, a public-interest law firm, where she monitored conditions of confinement in California prisons and jails. Gabby plans on staying in the Bay Area to further her education at the University of California Hastings College of the Law and hopes to continue serving her communities as a juvenile Public Defender. Her J.D. will help children of incarcerated parents, immigrants, people of color, and LGBT+ folks – all of whom are overrepresented in our legal systems as clients, not service providers.