Biography

Helen has an Oakland-based immigration law practice dedicated to providing direct representation and legal services to individuals before immigration courts and agencies. Her practice focuses on the representation of children, youth and young adults. Helen graduated from Harvard Law School in 2009. After law school, she completed a fellowship at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center focusing on the intersection of immigrant youth, juvenile justice and gangs. Prior to law school, she worked in Brazil for several non-profits on a variety of human rights issues. While in law school, she was actively involved in Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic and Harvard’s Immigration and Refugee Clinic, including human rights investigations in El Salvador and Brazil. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles where she majored in international development studies and minored in Spanish. She serves on the boards of Community and Youth Outreach the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Northern California Chapter (AILA Norcal), as treasurer. She is also an EOIR co-liaison for AILA Norcal. She is inspired by immigrants’ contributions, strength and resilience.