Criminal Justice Debt Fellow
Cristina Becker is the Criminal Justice Debt Fellow for the ACLU of North Carolina. She works to document and challenge the constitutionality of the exponential increase in court fees and fines on indigent clients and their disparate impact on communities of color.
Cristina graduated from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2013. In law school, she worked as a student attorney in the school’s capital litigation defense clinic, and was elected as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice. After law school, she served as an Assistant Public Defender for over two years at the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office in Charlotte, NC. There, she represented indigent teenage and adult defendants in criminal cases. She was also selected to be a member of the Racial Equity Network, a group of fifty attorneys statewide that convenes to educate attorneys on how to litigate the subject of race from pre to post trial phases.
Prior to law school, Cristina worked as a social worker for adjudicated children in Philadelphia, and as a Federal Child Welfare Policy Manager nationwide. She holds a B.A. in International Relations-East Asia from The College of William and Mary and is rusty in both Mandarin and French.