Lauren advises multinational clients on U.S. federal immigration and nationality law, nonimmigrant visas, and permanent residence. She helps clients obtain permanent residence through the Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researcher, and Labor Market PERM categories. Her clients have included large multinational and small companies in the pharmaceutical, management consulting, insurance and mining industries.
The daughter of a Cuban immigrant, Lauren witnessed firsthand the impact that status in the U.S. can have on an individual’s life. Fascinated by immigrant stories, Lauren engaged in pro bono opportunities and coursework focused on immigration throughout law school, including participating in Boston College Law School’s Immigration and Asylum Externship Program. She also studied abroad in London, and participated in an International Consulting Project program with Boston College in Beijing, China.
During law school, Lauren was selected to participate in the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in Lancaster, California, where she worked with detainees at the Mira Loma Detention Center and presented a Legal Orientation Program covering the following topics: removal proceedings and their consequences; requirements to qualify for immigration bond; the most common criminal convictions with immigration consequences; and the requirements of different types of legal claims that would qualify a person to stay lawfully in the U.S.
Additionally, Lauren has volunteered with Mobilization for Justice and its Kinship Caregiver Law Project, which provides representation with SIJ cases, and matches caregivers interested in pursuing legal custody, legal guardianship and private placement adoptions with attorneys. Lauren was responsible for conducting intakes and writing petitions, affidavits and responses to Requests for Evidence in regard to SIJ cases.