Karen Cornelio received her B.A. in Global & International Studies from the State University of New York at Oswego. While at Oswego, she studied abroad in Beijing, China and in San Jose, Costa Rica. While studying abroad in Costa Rica, she interned as a researcher/translator at a governmental organization called FUNPADEM. She also took Advanced Spanish courses at La Escuela De Idiomas located in the town of Desamparados. Prior to joining The Bronx Defenders, Karen worked as a Paralegal at the New York Legal Assistance Group’s Storm Response Unit. As a Paralegal, Karen assisted survivors of Superstorm Sandy navigate and obtain monetary assistance from the various agencies and programs that provide funds to them recover from the disaster long-term. And prior working at the New York Legal Assistance Group, she worked as a Disaster Case Manager at BronxWorks. As a Disaster Case Manager, Karen helped survivors of Superstorm Sandy recover from the storm in the short and long term by securing funds through city, federal and private agencies, such as Build-it-Back, FEMA and the American Red Cross. Karen is fluent in Spanish.