While other young girls played
with dolls, I was digging to China in my back yard.
I taught myself the Chinese numbers before I learned the American English alphabet.
I yearned to be part of an
international community bringing the world’s people together.
Cornell law school and Air Force
JAG (Judge Advocate General) helped to get me there.
Fast forward to present day and
I live the professional life I’ve dreamed of, bringing couples and families
My clients are those who have
been separated by immigration laws and thousands of miles.
The wait and the separation are
painful, I know.
You may wonder:
How can this American lawyer
have any insight? How can I understand the pain of separation from those
I will tell you.
I’ve been where you are now.
I experienced first-hand the
pain of separation from someone I loved due to immigration issues.
While serving in the Air Force JAG in Iraq, I fell in love with an Iraqi
member of my security detail. We planned
to marry and spend the rest of lives together.
When I returned to the United States in 2008, I successfully acquired a
fiancé visa for him.
However, it was not to be as the
Iraqi government recalled him to active duty to fight terrorism.
Three years after I returned to the United States, my fiancé and I
called off our engagement, as the Iraqi government would continue to need his
They will never let him go.
This is the first time I have ever publicly discussed my very painful
experience, but I think it’s important for you to know who I am and why I care
about you and your family.
Are you afraid to
call an immigration lawyer? I was.
When I returned from my deployment to Iraq, I immediately started
looking for ways to bring my fiancé to the United States.
Even though I had been a lawyer for several years, I did not have the
I looked online and talked to friends and colleagues who worked with the
immigration and consular services. I
received a lot of conflicting information.
Well-meaning friends and mentors told me I should give up.
I didn’t know if I should call an immigration attorney. And I was afraid too.
I wasn’t afraid a lawyer would cost too much. I would have paid anything to get the help I
But I was afraid the lawyer would tell me no, that what I wanted to do
I refused to take
no for an answer.
I dug in. I had a law degree and
years of experience navigating the United States government.
I devoted all my after working hours to learning how our immigration
system works. I learned what forms to
fill out and what evidence I needed to file.
Finally, I filed my fiancé visa petition on my own. After months of anxious waiting, the approval
This is not the experience I want for you.
To be responsible for the future of your loved one knowing the smallest
mistake could cause your case to be rejected is a terrible burden.
If I had known there were caring immigration attorneys out there willing
to fight for me, I would have hired one.
My own experience
fueled my passion for helping you.
When I left military service one thing was clear. I was going to devote the next chapter of my
life to help other families separated by outside forces.
I opened my immigration law practice in 2010. Since then, I’ve reunited hundreds of
families separated not just by miles but by significant legal barriers.
I will help you too.