Isa Avila Breach

Research Associate



Isa (she/her) joined IPL in January 2023, where she currently conducts qualitative research on refugee resettlement in the U.S. and on immigrant language barriers to healthcare. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science from U.C. Berkeley, where she was particularly interested in environmental justice, climate displacement, and food sovereignty movements. Isa was born and partly raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, and immigrated to the US as a child.

Prior to joining IPL, Isa worked as a Litigation Assistant at the Prison Law Office, where she fought to defend the rights of incarcerated individuals in prisons in California and Arizona. She was in charge of Trans advocacy in prisons and monitored conditions of confinement in Santa Clara County jails. Isa has also worked at a domestic violence shelter in the Bay Area, currently volunteers as an interpreter on asylum cases, and is a part of the Otay Mesa Detention Resistance pen pal program.