City of Residence: Santee, California
Country of origin: Peru
Arrival in the U.S.: 2003
Ms. Carmen G. Kcomt was forced to flee Peru in 2003 in fear of retaliation for judicial decisions made while serving as Superior Magistrate. She currently lives in San Diego with her husband and three sons where she works as Director of the Legal and Social Department in a Community Health Center. She has a wide range of experience providing legal services to those in need, and serves on various task forces including Asylum Seekers, Human Trafficking San Diego, Women 4 Empowerment, and the Refugee Forum. She assists victims of domestic violence as an advocate at the Center for Community Solutions, and she was awarded for her work with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program.
Ms. Kcomt holds a Master’s Degree in International Law of Human Rights, and has served as a guest professor at the University of San Diego. She is a prolific author who has written over 80 articles in newspapers in Peru and San Diego, and has co-authored two textbooks regarding domestic violence and human rights for children. Her contribution to the community that makes her the most proud is managing an immigration legal services program, which has helped citizens from 16 countries – including 75 victims of human trafficking – who were victims of crimes. Most of these clients are immigrants, refugees, and LGBTQ individuals.
For Carmen, coming to the US meant: Reinventing myself