Highlights of 2015

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This past year was our best ever, as we significantly expanded our staff and outreach.

We now have more than 20 full-time employees, including five attorneys, in our four Long Island offices — in Central Islip, Huntington Station, Riverhead and Hempstead.

On behalf of our terrific professional team, I was honored to receive several awards this year for our firm’s community service — from the National Puerto Rican and Hispanic Social Workers, the Salvadoran American Chamber of Commerce and the Cuban-American Civic Organization.

Last year was also a breakthrough year for our Riverhead office. We had been renting offices at 80 West Main St. in downtown Riverhead, but in February, we finalized our purchase of the building and expanded our own offices. Under the firm direction of operations manager Jorge Gomez, we were able to renovate the building, which is home to Roxana’s Multiservices and well as two tax and accounting businesses and a small restaurant/deli, all serving the large Hispanic and immigrant population on the East End.

Flor Cruz, our Riverhead manager and official “Employee of the Year,” has done a tremendous job in making our office the go-to place for immigration services on the East End. We want to especially thank the Guatemalan community for its wholehearted and enthusiastic support of our services.

On the western front, at our newly expanded Hempstead office, I am pleased to announce the 2015 hiring of two exceptional immigration attorneys — Meredith Kalman and Shoshanna Mallet. Meredith. a former Fulbright Scholar and English professor, is also fluent in Spanish, French and German — handy skills for an immigration lawyer.

Shoshanna Mallet was an asylum officer for nearly 10 years for USCIS. (I appeared before her many times at the Rosedale asylum office on NACARA cases when I was first starting out an immigration lawyer 20 years ago.) Shoshana most recently directed the Center for Integration and Advancement of New Americans in Queens. Shoshanna will be supervising our asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile cases.

Two other new hires deserve special mention. Gloria Robles, who most recently was office manager at Circulo de la Hispanidad in Hempstead and is a reporter for Noticia LI, has done a terrific job for us as paralegal and community outreach director. And Christine Fredericks, an experienced immigration paralegal originally from Ecuador, has shined as supervisor in our Hempstead office.

All in all, it was a tremendous year for our office. We look forward to an even more exciting and productive year in 2016.


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