Virginia was born in Nogales, Mexico and immigrated with her family to the San Joaquin Valley in California when she was five years old. Her parents were migrant farm workers and Virginia spent her summers working in the fields picking oranges, grapes and tomatoes throughout her childhood from the age of nine. After graduating from high school, Virginia went to school at the University of Washington where she majored in Comparative History of Ideas. Her first job after college was at a domestic violence shelter as a program manager for the Spanish speaking survivors program. In 2008 Virginia returned to the University of Washington to pursue her MSW. In 2012 after 16 soggy years living in Seattle, she, her husband and two boys moved to Arizona seeking sunny skies and new adventures. Virginia has worked with victims of crime at the Pima County Attorney’s Office in Tucson and most recently was employed at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office traveling around the state teaching victims’ rights law.