My firm focus is to keep families together whether it is through adjustment or family petition. I also prepare waivers through extreme hardships. I do a lot of work with refugees and asylum applicants who are fleeing from political, religious, or for other reasons such as sexual orientation. I have been in practice for over 14 years and most of my clients have been with me through the entire process.Example cases
Many of my clients have been with me for 10 years or longer, which gives me the opportunity to help the whole family.
One example is a man who came to the US in 1990 escaping from political persecution. He was caught by immigration authorities coming across the border and put into deportation proceedings. We applied for political asylum and won his case in 1994. This provided us with the opportunity to petition for the wife and 6 children to come into the US as refugees also, and they came finally in 1997. The whole family was able to get their green cards in 1998, and finally, once the mom and dad had learned enough English, we applied for US citizenship for them in 2004. The mom and dad passed their citizenship test in 2005, and on that same day, the two oldest children also passed their citizenship tests. When the mom and dad and two oldest sons were sworn in as U.S. citizens in February of 2005, the three youngest kids, who were still under 18 years of age, also automatically became citizens.
This was definitely one of the most exciting days of my career as an immigration attorney! I enjoy the continuity and flow of family members coming back over the years to complete each successive step from entry to the United States to full U.S. citizenship, to petitioning for other family members to also immigrate.
369 Pine Street
San Francisco CA 94104
I have a Ph.D in Psychology. I worked in a veterans hospital with people who had depression. I was interested in working with torture survivors and started working with them as an attorney. Since then my practice has grown to cover other fields of immigration.
My background in psychology gives me a unique approach as well as an empathy and appreciation for the sacrifices my clients have made to come to the United States to make a better life. This is especially useful in high-stress cases such as hardship waivers or deportation cases. My clients have also been my teachers, enlightening me regarding their first-hand experiences of civil wars and genocides, the dangers of traveling hundreds of miles through deserts to cross into the United States, separation from children and other family members, and other real world immigration issues.
As a sole practitioner attorney, I have the first and last word on what cases I will take or won't take. If I take on a case, I make a commitment to each individual client to provide the best service possible. If I feel that I am not the right attorney for a particular client, I gladly provide referrals to other qualified and experienced immigration attorneys who have the particular expertise that I think is needed.
I am a fearless advocate for my clients, able to easily liaison with adjudicators in local offices of federal agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Citizenship and Immigration Service, and the Department of Justice.
I enjoy travel, movies, and cheering on my kids in their figure skating.
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