Selena Alvarenga

District Court Judge

Selena will be the first openly LGBTQ Judge in Travis County

Biography

Over two decades of experience in the courtroom as a criminal defense attorney have taught Selena Alvarenga what’s working in the Travis County justice system and what isn’t. People shouldn’t be sitting in jail waiting months for a trial. She will work to reduce pretrial detention, run a court that is fair and equitable, and strengthen alternatives to incarceration.

Selena’s life story is not that of your typical political candidate. If elected, she will make history by becoming Travis County’s first openly gay Latina immigrant judge.

She grew up in El Salvador. She was an only child whose mother died when she was eight. When Selena was just 13, she and her father left the country, escaping the horrific brutality of the Salvadoran Civil War. When they arrived in the US, Selena did not speak English. Her father, who had been a computer programmer at a bank in El Salvador, could only get work serving fast food. Selena was one of three Latin American immigrants in her class.

Like many of us, but unlike most judges, Selena started her college education at a community college. Selena always knew she was called to a career that would allow her to help others. While she was in law school, Selena became a US citizen.

Selena’s life is equal parts compassion and principled service. Travis County’s newest court will benefit from her many years as an indigent defense attorney and the unique experiences that have brought her to where she is today.

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