Cynthia L. Martinez is a Professional Paralegal at Guirguis Law. She was born in Nuevo Leon, Mexico to Jesus and Maria Martinez. She has since grown into a woman of love, faith, and conviction. Each person has a story to write and a message to portray and this is just what she aims to do, and to help our clients to do at Guirguis Law.
She was brought to the United States at the very young age of two and from this young age she was already enthralled with a love and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Being the middle child she was caught between an older sister and a younger brother. Every Sunday her parents would take her and her siblings to Church, every Wednesday to prayer and, when the time came for it, every Friday for youth group. This ingrained in her a deep sense of devotion to others, which now is a vital component in her service to our clients. Given that Guirguis Law is a Christian based law firm, she was a perfect fit and positive enhancement to our Guirguis Law team.
Her parents also instilled within her a love for all types of knowledge. Throughout elementary and middle school she worked hard to be set apart from the typical stereotype that as a Hispanic she had been given in the small town of Sanford, NC. She proved to everyone that she could be more and that she could be not only just as smart but also even more intelligent than the other children in her classes. Her success was an inspiration to her cohorts, and showed others how Hispanics should be respected through her hard work and success.
By the time she started high school her passion for knowledge only increased. She took advantage of any Honors or Advanced Placement classes. Additionally, she also developed a love for music and played the trumpet in her high school marching band all four years.
Her tenth grade year was when she first realized how much of a limitation she had as an undocumented student. While all her friends got their licenses, she was stuck driving without a license and living in constant fear of her predicament. Her eleventh grade year was very difficult for her. You see, when all her friends began applying for college and universities, she began drawing back because she knew she could not afford going to college or university nor did she qualify for any type of financial aid. However, despite this severe limitation, she still moved forward. She always hoped that if she worked hard enough and obtained good enough grades the right opportunity would present itself. She now knows that Guirguis Law is where she is meant to be because she is able to best use her struggles and drive for knowledge to empathize and zealously assist our clients.
Sadly, in 2009 her mother was diagnosed with cancer and her life took an unexpected turn. She almost failed her first class and was in danger of not graduating. However, she succeeded and graduated in June of 2009.
In 2011, she began to get involved with the NC Dream Team and she committed an act of civil disobedience in Charlotte NC and then again in 2012 at the NC General Assembly. She did this because she was courageous enough to stand up for what is right, and demand change in our legal system. Her dedication for change, alongside others like her who demanded change in our immigration system of law, led to the evolution of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Joyously, in 2012 she also gave birth to the angel that she knows God sent into her life to lead her even more so in the right direction. Since his birth her life has changed drastically for the better. Now she works hard to be the best mother she can be and instill in him the same love for God that her parents instilled in her. She knows that life as a single mother is very challenging but the benefits overwhelm the obstacles, and allows her to realize that she can do all things through Christ Who strengthens her. It is this same type of dedication, confidence and tenacity that helps the Guirguis Law team succeed on behalf of our clients, despite the complexity of problems that our clients face.
One of Cynthia’s favorite quotes is a Verse that she reflects upon: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6