Emotional Abuse: The Silent Struggle in VAWA’s Framework

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was a groundbreaking move in 1994 to address and mitigate the deeply rooted issues of domestic and sexual violence in the U.S. While physical violence often stands out as the most visible form of abuse, VAWA’s acknowledgment of emotional abuse represents a crucial step towards understanding the multifaceted nature […]

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Administrative Closure

Administrative Closure is Back! Persons in removal (deportation) proceedings may again request that, in an exercise of prosecutorial discretion, their cases before the Immigration Court be administratively closed. Administrative closure is a judicial remedy allowing a case to be temporarily taken off of the courts active docket. This can be an excellent option for persons […]

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BIG Changes in Immigration Law

President Biden has proposed a sweeping immigration bill that would make many persons eligible for lawful status. As of today’s post (January 30, 2021), Congress has not yet passed this bill into law so the specifics of any new immigration options are currently unknown, but the Law Office of Karen Winston is closely monitoring the […]

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DACA Update: Trump Administration Defying the Supreme Court DACA Ruling

Updated July 31, 2020 On July 28, 2020, just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court held that the administration’s rescission of DACA was unlawful, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memo significantly restricting DACA. The restrictions to DACA as detailed in the recent memo include the following: No initial applications for DACA […]

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What is the Current Status of DACA? Updated July 20, 2020 ¿Cuál es el estado actual de DACA? Actualizado 20 de julio de 2020

Although the DACA program is flawed in that it does not offer a pathway to permanent status in the U.S., it is critical as it protects its recipients from deportation and allows them to receive employment authorization. Through these protections, the DACA program has provided immigrant youth with access to higher education, better paying jobs, […]

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Our Team, Paralegal Crisceidi “Cris” Diaz

Cris is a paralegal with our office who is known for her compassion, kindness, and tech savvy. Cris has been with the firm for 4 years. She is a pro with preparing U-visas, VAWA self-petitions, I-751 petitions, family petitions, fiance visas, naturalization cases and more. Originally from Cuba, Cris immigrated to the U.S. at age 14. Cris is a supermom to three handsome boys, and with a seemingly endless reserve of patience, she makes balancing work/mom life look easy. Cris is fluent in Spanish. […]

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