Jannell is a bilingual criminal law attorney and a third-generation Harris County resident. She is running for misdemeanor Judge to represent one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the state and believes we need Judges who understand the intersectionality of immigration law with criminal law.
Jannell currently serves as an Assistant Public Defender representing indigent persons accused of a crime, and previously served as a prosecutor representing victims of crime. She has also represented individuals seeking asylum and facing deportation. Before becoming an attorney, Jannell worked for civil rights and criminal justice nonprofits, including the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. She has advocated for immigrant rights, civil rights, and smart-on-crime policies such as the Houston Center for Sobriety, a pre-charge diversion initiative.
Jannell is familiar with the criminal justice challenges of our time, and she hopes to serve as the next Judge for Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 2.