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Annaluisa Padilla


The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) elected Annaluisa Padilla, an immigration attorney from La Habra, CA, as the association’s First Vice President for the 2015-2016 term.

Ms. Padilla was born in Guatemala and immigrated to the United States in 1983. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and her law degree from Whittier Law School.

Ms. Padilla, a solo practitioner, served as Trustee of the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA) for six years and as Treasurer in 2010 and 2011. She also served as Trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) in 2006-2008 and 2010-2012, and Chair of their immigration section for the 2007-2008 term. She has volunteered with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the Domestic Violence Project, the HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance; she currently serves as pro bono attorney for ProBar and KIND (Kids In Need of Defense). She is fluent in Spanish, conversational in German and Portuguese. She was recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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Expertise (English/Spanish)
Family, General, Removal, Waivers, Naturalization, Asylum, Deportation.

Selected Recent Blog Posts
From Leave It to Beaver to Modern Family (AILA Leadership Blog, March 2, 2015)
Politicizing Established Principles of Prosecutorial Discretion Without Offering Real Solutions (AILA Leadership Blog, February 17, 2015)
Latinos: History Proves Your Votes Can Make a Difference (AILA Leadership Blog, October 31, 2014)
A Shameful Chapter in Our History (AILA Leadership Blog, September 25, 2014)
Shifting Pressure, Shifting Strategies - Whose Move Will Be Checkmate? (AILA Leadership Blog, March 27, 2014)
GOP's Principles on Immigration Reform: A Welcome Sign, So Let's Steer Forward (AILA Leadership Blog, January 31, 2014)

Selected Opinion Pieces by Ms. Padilla:
Opinion: Karnes Detention Center for immigrants - A Hollywood façade of due process (Fox News Latino, September 23, 2014)
Prosecutorial discretion - a catalyst for immigration reform (The Hill, December 3, 2013)

Selected Recent Articles that Quoted Ms. Padilla:
Article: Could Justin Bieber Be Deported? (CNN, 1/28/2014)
The Immigration Line: Who's on it and for how long? (NBC Latino, April 11, 2013)

Selected Videos:
AILA Quicktake #102: Karnes Family Detention Center (October 15, 2014)
AILA Quicktake #85: House Hearings on Unaccompanied Minors (6/26/2014)
AILA Quicktake #84: Announcement on Increased Family Detention Facilities (6/22/2014)

Television Appearances (Spanish)
Annaluisa Padilla discussing changes to immigration laws in the United States at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín, in Guatemala (October 13, 2008)