2022 LEILA Awards
We are thrilled to share that Belen Gomez, the driving force behind our firm, was honored with the prestigious title of the 2022 Latina Business Owner of the Year by the National Latina Business Women's Association IE Chapter. This remarkable accolade stands as a testament to Belen's steadfast dedication, exemplary leadership, and profound impact in the Latina business community. Her unwavering commitment to empowering individuals and families through our range of legal immigration services not only transformed lives but also inspired our entire team. Belen's pursuit of excellence, compassionate guidance, and tireless dedication to justice make her a shining example within our community and a true inspiration to us all.
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Helping Dreamers Achieve the Dream
The boutique firm’s niche and focus is immigration law—especially family-based petitions, working with DREAMERS (young people brought to the U.S. as kids), and also working with survivors of crimes. Belen understands the nuances and relationship of immigration law with other areas of law and how those areas can affect a client’s case. These areas include tax, criminal, constant policy changes under different administrations, working with various agencies (USCIS, National Visa Center, US consulates abroad, the immigration court (Executive Office of Immigration Review), the Board of Immigration Appeals, even private immigration detention facilities). Although immigration law is federal law, state and local laws can dramatically affect her clients as well, so she often advocates for a client at many agencies. For example, many of her clients are survivors of crimes, which requires her to work closely with local police agencies to certify that the client was a victim and to help the authorities investigate the crime.
Man Deported as Teen Returns to U.S.
Miguel, now 33 years old, returned to the United States on February 16, 2023, with a U Visa after being wrongfully and unconstitutionally transferred to ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, nearly 14 years ago after his involvement in a juvenile incident in Orange County, California...Miguel was the victim of Prop 187, an immigration measure approved in 1994 in California, but was struck down in federal court shortly after the law passed and was declared unconstitutional, preventing it from ever taking effect.
“Miguel’s juvenile information should have never been shared with ICE for his removal from the U.S. in the first place,” stated Attorney Belen Gomez, “but in this case we were fortunate to get him back. It doesn’t get back the last 14 years he and his family suffered from being apart but perhaps it will give people hope.” In addition to being reunited with his family in the U.S., Miguel is committed to moving forward. He plans to continue his education and succeed in his career so that he can be a good husband and role model to his two children.