Born in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, Esteban moved to North Carolina with his family in 1979. The youngest of four boys, Esteban grew up as a migrant and seasonal farm worker with his family. He started working at the age of eight during the summers picking cucumbers and cropping tobacco in Eastern North Carolina.
Following his graduation from South Lenoir High School, Esteban enrolled at Appalachian State University (ASU) in Boone, N.C. He studied Anthropology and Latin American Studies at ASU. His activism on and off campus helped earn him an opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., following his graduation. He was selected to be a Ford Fellow with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and assisted Congressman Jose Serrano’s office. Esteban was also selected to be Public Policy Fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and served his fellowship with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).
Esteban received his Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law in Durham, N.C in 2006. While at NCCU, Esteban was elected to serve as President of the Student Bar Association (SBA). Esteban was the first Latino in the school’s history to serve in this capacity.
Following his admittance to the North Carolina Bar in 2006, he practiced criminal defense with Velasquez & Associates in Durham, North Carolina. He later formed Central Law Group, PLLC with his law school classmates Tin and Shane.
Esteban has been active in many local and state groups and associations. Esteban is fluent in Spanish and English.
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