Maryland State Bar member since December 13, 2011; member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association. I focus on the practice of Immigration and Nationality Law before Immigration Courts and USCIS.
Before joining the firm, I was practicing employee benefits law representing pilot unions in the area of plan compliance. While practicing employee benefits law, I also focused on class action lawsuits involving plan assets for teachers unions.
In law school I participated as an Equal Justice Works Legal Intern at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) in Washington, DC. There I primarily focused on working with low income Hispanic communities in the area of naturalization. I continued to volunteer with CARECEN and other local community justice centers periodically providing pro bono services for naturalization cases as well as deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA).
I also held an internship with Democracia U.S.A., a national, multi-year, non-partisan Hispanic voter registration, civic engagement and leadership development organization that seeks to increase the prominence and participation of Latinos in the American democratic process.
During my undergraduate studies, I co-directed the Latino Youth Conference at American University for two years, successfully exposing hundreds of lower income youth to higher educational opportunities. While completing my studies I also served on the Board of Trustees for the Cesar Chavez Schools for Public Policy, my alma mater, where I was invited back to deliver the keynote address for the graduating class of 2006.
III. Dedication to Immigration Law
I was born in Nicaragua and moved to the United States at a very young age. In fact, it was my experience in moving from Central America to the United States that ignited my interest in immigration law. Having attended a high school for public policy, I began a career in advocacy with a major focus in education and legal rights. After spending years working with youth as well as organizing around issues that affect minority communities, I feel that there is no greater calling than the practice of immigration law.
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