Dedicated to aggressively defending her clients immigration rights.

Karen A. Winston

Karen is passionate about keeping families together. She has a demonstrated record of service to the immigrant community and is proud to advocate on behalf of her clients. Karen puts her clients first and makes helping them obtain positive outcomes in their cases her top priority.

In 2010 Karen was awarded a prestigious Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Through the Fellowship Karen created the Baker Defense Project of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid which provided free representation to foreign nationals detained at the Baker County Jail in Macclenny, Florida. Karen directed and ran the Baker Defense Project for over three years.

Directing the Baker Defense Project equipped Karen with extensive experience representing clients before the Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and USCIS. Through the Project Karen successfully represented individuals in asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture (CAT) claims, waivers, bond hearings, humanitarian parole requests, deferred action requests, U-visas, T-visas, VAWA self-petitions, and Cancellation of Removal cases. Karen also provided regular “Know Your Rights” presentations to immigrants detained at Baker and advocated for their humane and just treatment.

Some of Karen’s work through the Baker Defense is described in the Folio Weekly article, “Representing the Voiceless,” is Available online at,69?print=1

Karen also co-authored a report on conditions at the Baker County Jail, entitled “Expose and Close.” Available on-line at: Download Expose and Close

Law Office of Karen Winston, LLC

Recognizing the growing need for experienced, compassionate, and dedicated immigration attorneys in Jacksonville, Florida, Karen opened the Law Office of Karen Winston, LLC. At the Law Office of Karen Winston, we put our clients’ needs first.

Karen helps her clients navigate the complicated immigration system every step of the way. With initial strategy sessions and frequent communication throughout the process, Karen helps her clients to try and achieve the best possible outcome for themselves and their families. Karen understands that communication and preparation are critical in successfully navigating complicated immigration cases.

Karen is committed to providing a high quality representation in all types of immigration cases including representation before any Immigration Court in the U.S., the Board of Immigration Appeals, Federal Courts, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Karen is licensed by the Supreme Court of Florida, and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Karen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Florida Coastal School of Law.

Karen is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and currently serves as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations liaison for the Central Florida Chapter of AILA. Karen is a member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and also serves on the state and local board for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida.

All staff at our firm are dedicated to assisting you every step of the way. Staff at the Law Office of Karen Winston are fluent in Spanish and Haitian Creole. Call or e-mail today to see how we can meet your immigration needs.

Phone: (904) 723-4570