May 23, 2024
Eliana de Haro Silva

Apart from being an outstanding student, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, Eliana de Haro Silva has shown a strong commitment to Stan State and the community.  

During her undergraduate journey, Silva became the Criminal Justice Club president and organized several activities and events to enrich the criminal justice program. She now works as a forensics technician at the Merced County Coroner’s Office. 

Silva will be graduating with her master’s degree in criminal justice this month and has been focusing her thesis research on sex workers and the vulnerabilities they experience in the criminal justice system. She is analyzing vulnerability in contexts where sex work is illegal, such as the United States, and in places where it is legal, such as Uruguay, and how the system creates these vulnerabilities. 

As a Latina woman from a working-class background, faculty mentors praised her intellectual curiosity and resilience while conducting research and working in a demanding field.  

“She is doing quite a tough job, as she is one of the technicians on scene when someone passes away,” said Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Sebastian Sclofsky. “Her impact in our program has been outstanding, and I am sure she will greatly impact on the community.”  

After graduation, she plans to work as a crime scene investigator at a law enforcement agency and possibly pursue her Ph.D. Silva also said she is interested in teaching forensic science or criminal justice at the college level. 

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Eliana de Haro Silva


Livingston, CA


Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

What memories stand out most from your time at Stanislaus State?

“I made a lot of great memories serving as vice president of the Criminal Justice Club and participating in the internship program during my undergraduate studies. I enjoyed engaging in research for my thesis and being able to dive deeper into the criminal justice system.”

Which faculty or staff member had the greatest impact on you, and why?

“During my time in the master’s program, Dr. Sebastian Sclofsky has been supportive and understanding. I am grateful for all the opportunities he has put in my path, and he has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and not be afraid to take risks. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for him.”

What advice would you give to current and future students?

“My biggest advice would be to network with your peers, professors and professionals in your field of interest. You never know if they may open the door for you toward career opportunities. Also, be open to new experiences, ideas and challenges because it can be the beginning of something great if you take the opportunity. Don’t let obstacles stop you from getting where you want to be. Continuous effort will eventually lead to success.”

Note: This article is part of the StanGrad series highlighting Stanislaus State students who are part of the Class of 2024. Read more StanGrad profiles.