Most of my current caseload involves the representation of individuals in removal/deportation proceedings. I represent many clients that have been living in the United States for the majority of their life but have been convicted of, or are currently facing, criminal charges. My clients find themselves in immigration court for criminal charges ranging from minor traffic infractions to serious federal felonies involving drug trafficking, money laundering, and even attempted murder. However, many of my clients have no criminal records and are facing immigration issues based solely on the location of their birth.
I am extremely passionate about my work because I believe our Government should treat all people equally regardless of where they were born and that our laws should not be construed or enforced to result in the senseless separation or destruction of immigrant families. I was born and raised in New York City, a city built by immigrants, and one that proudly displays the 305 foot-tall Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants in our harbor. So I fight hard for my clients in the hope that they may have an opportunity to pursue the same American dream through which so many earlier immigrants have prospered.
I volunteer with the Safe Passage Project, providing legal assistance to unaccompanied minors that were arrested by immigration authorities entering the US. These brave young children, fleeing narco-violence and extreme poverty, journey for months, alone, through hundreds of miles of mountains and deserts to get to be reunited with family in the US. PPID generously provides pro bono legal representation to children in these situations when possible.
I graduated from New York Law School with a Public Interest Certificate, an honor awarded to students that demonstrated dedication to public service. While studying at New York Law School I volunteered with the Unemployment Action Center, representing individuals that lost their jobs and were wrongfully denied unemployment benefits. I also volunteered with the Street Law Program, mentoring 6th graders at a middle school in the Bronx and teaching them about the legislative process and their constitutional rights. I had the privilege of serving as the President of the Federalist Society’s New York Law School Chapter for two years. As President I was honored to have had the opportunity to travel around the country meeting members of Congress and Supreme Court Justices.
Prior to attending law school I lived in Mexico City (La Condesa) briefly, studying Mexican Culture and Art History at Universidad Iberoamericana.
- Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, B.A., Photography, 2009
- New York Law School, J.D., 2012
STATE BAR ADMISSIONS:
New York: 2013
The Federalist Society
Phi Alpha Delta Tilden Chapter
New York State Bar Association
- Historian of Phi Alpha Delta New York Law School Chapter (2010 – 2012). Mentor, Street Law, 2012.
Areas of Practice
- Immigration Law
- Deportation Defense
- Waivers of Inadmissibility
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals