Representative Work

  • Successfully obtained asylum for African applicant on the basis of persecution suffered in native country due to applicant's sexual orientation

  • Provided pro bono assistance to victim of violent sexual assault under immigration provisions of Violence Against Women Act, allowing her to remain in the United States

  • Have successfully obtained protections for a number of abused spouses (both male and female) of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, under provisions in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

  • Has routinely assisted individuals and institutions with consular processing and visa waiver issues for matters pending in U.S. embassies and consulates abroad

  • In Re: Juvenile 2002-098, New Hampshire Supreme Court, 2002: View
    As counsel for juvenile, successfully argued in case with national implications that Romanian-born juvenile could claim protection under state's abuse & neglect laws, paving the way for the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant juvenile lawful permanent residence.

  • Albathani v. INS, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, decided February 6, 2003: View
    Lead counsel in nationwide case of first impression, appealing denial asylum of Lebanese Christian's asylum application and challenging the Board of Immigration Appeals "streamlining" process.

  • Pelaez v. INS, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, decided May 22, 2003: View 
    As counsel for petitioner, appealed denial of asylum application on behalf of Colombian municipsal official who fled his homeland to avoid threats against his life for refusing to "look the other way" when real estate developers with ties to the drug trade attempted to circumvent zoning, building and environmental laws.