Julie Astorga

Dream Beyond Bars Fellow


Julie Astorga is a first generation transfer student from MiraCosta College. She is currently a senior at UC Berkeley, majoring in English. After her time at Cal, Julie intends to attend law school to further her commitment to equity and restorative justice. On campus Julie is a part of several organizations and communities such as Berkeley Underground Scholars, Gilman Scholars, Emerging Professional Program, and more!

Β Julie Astorga is a first-generation Chicana that grew up in a single-parent, immigrant household in North County San Diego under challenging circumstances. Throughout her life, Julie has shown exemplary leadership talents: from heading her community college PUENTE Program to amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities in the area of juvenile justice and youth advocacy in her current fellowship at Dream Beyond Bars. Julie’s journey to this point has been shaped by her experiences, witnessing firsthand the vulnerabilities and injustices faced by marginalized communities within the system. It is the driving force behind her passion for reform.

In her freetime, Julie enjoys traveling, attending music festivals, and spending time with her friends and family.

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