Born in New York and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, Mónica graduated Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor's Degree in Information and Journalism. Afterward, she became a first-generation lawyer graduating Cum Laude with her Juris Doctor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, where she represented low-income clients on asylum, naturalization, and employment authorization matters as a Student Attorney under the supervision of the UPR Immigration Law Clinic.
During Law School, Mónica dedicated more than five hundred pro-bono hours advocating and working for Children and Youth's rights, particularly for those in Juvenile Institutions. She also developed educational materials on immigration processes and immigrant rights for the immigrant community on the Island. As well a member of the UPR Law Review, where she published the article "Discretion or Discrimination? Racial Profiling at Ports of Entry of the United States of America".
In addition to being licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, Mónica is a Certified Mediator by the same Court and a Certified Legal Project Practitioner by the International Institute of Legal Project Management in Australia.
Mónica is fluent in Spanish and English and has basic knowledge of Portuguese