Manuela Jimenez is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Global Governance program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours Sociology and Legal Studies from the University of Waterloo.
During her undergraduate degree she was involved in various extracurricular activities. She participated in the Undergraduate Mock Trials Canada (UGMT) as both a competitor and later on as the Vice President of Operations where she was able to expand her knowledge of Canadian law. She was also a member of the Latin American Student Association (LASA) and the University of Waterloo Young Liberals Club where she worked as the Executive of Communication for both. In her last year of her undergrad she was an Editorial board member for the Undergraduate Legal Studies Journal where she reviewed, edited and provide suggestions to fellow peers on their publications.
Over the last year she has focused her volunteer work as a Spanish translator and interpreter for the Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support (MCRS), a non- profit organization, where she has acted as the intermediary for caseworkers and refugees, providing them help navigating through the refugee claim process. Throughout this volunteer experience, Manuela has seen first- hand the social and legal restriction that migrants have in terms of their precarious citizenship status and the inequalities they have faced to get to Canada.
Manuela’s volunteer experience has sparked her research interests which are primarily concerned with migration, security and justice. Particularly, the global migration crisis and the political and international law issues surrounding this topic. She hopes that her time at the Balsillie School of International Affairs will help her develop her research focus further.