Jorge is a second generation Nuyorican and a proud product of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Born and raised by a single mother in Lillian Wald Houses, he grew up like a regular Lower East Sider, he played organized sports, attended the Boy’s Brotherhood Republic and later the Boys and Girls Republic, Educational Alliance, and New Life. He was also a Cub Scout, Troop 190, a member of both Milliken and Harriman Boy’s Club, and of the Lillian Wald Youth Patrol. Jorge attended and later worked at Camp Wabenaki, and participated in the Summer Youth Employment Program, and Henry Street Settlement Workforce Development Center as a teen.
Jorge attended La Escuelita Preschool, P.S. 188, J.H.S. 56, and the High School of Fashion Industries. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University at Albany, a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law, and an LL.M. in trial and advocacy from Basely School of Law, Temple University.
During law school Jorge served as a student mediator, representing pro se litigants with pending employment discrimination claims before the Southern District of New York. He also participated in the Immigrant Rights/ International Human Rights Clinic, where he successfully represented a detained Guatemalan national before an Article I Judge.
After law school, Jorge served as a judicial law clerk to a Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey. Recently, Jorge was an Agency Attorney with the New York City Commission on Human Rights where he was responsible for enforcing New York City’s Human Rights Law. Prior to the Commission, Jorge was a housing attorney with Legal Services NYC the nation’s largest provider of free civil representation.
Jorge is a lifelong advocate. Because of his dedication and leadership to the community in undergraduate he received the President’s Award for Leadership. In law school, he was the recipient of the Adeline Lillian Memorial Award for making the law school experience more life-affirming for others through compassionate contributions to the community. Recently, he was named the New York County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division, Star of the Bar.
Jorge attributes much of his successes in life to his mother who taught him the value of giving things your all, believing in yourself, being proud of yourself, and never forgetting your roots. He is also grateful to the Lower East Side and its residence for teaching him the importance of patience, resilience, community, and advocacy.