About Maria Flores
Maria Flores is a daughter of immigrants and a first-generation college graduate. She graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in both Criminal Justice and Psychology. As a child, she watched her parents struggle through the legal system on their own and decided to pursue a career where she can lend support to individuals caught in similar situations.
At the beginning of college, she volunteered to perform workshops in adult jail facilities and juvenile facilities about the importance of sustaining strong family connections during incarceration. While interacting with the participants, she quickly realized the false representation and the dehumanization of “criminals” in the media.
In the past, she served as a JusticeCorps member, where she assisted self-represented litigants maneuver through the court system. It was here where she learned about the legal process in family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and paternity. In her most recent internship, she was an investigative intern for the San Diego Federal Defenders Inc., where she assisted investigators and attorneys with trial preparation. She met with clients detained in federal detentions and couldn’t help but feel compassion towards their situation.
Maria’s goal is to help people involved with the justice system by easing some of their struggles and empowering them through knowledge. She passionately believes that everyone deserves a second chance, and that cruel punishment does not deter crime.
In her leisure, she enjoys learning about other people’s cultures, trying new recipes, and playing tennis.