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Annaluisa Padilla


The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) elected Annaluisa Padilla, an immigration lawyer from La Habra, CA, as the association’s Second Vice President for the 2014-2015 term. The election results were announced during sessions of AILA’s 58th Annual Conference being held in Boston, MA.

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.

Recent Blog Posts

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)

A Matter of Perspective (AILA Leadership Blog, January 17, 2014)

Shining a Light (AILA Leadership Blog, December 2, 2013)

Let’s Celebrate What Makes America Great and Keep Immigration Reform Moving Forward! (AILA Leadership Blog, July 3, 2013).

Why the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) is an integral part of immigration reform (AILA Leadership Blog, April 15, 2013).

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (AILA Leadership Blog, March 11, 2013).

Our Lady Liberty Still Stands As A Beacon Of Freedom (AILA Leadership Blog, February 18, 2013).

JUST A LITTLE RESPECT…¿Que no? Co-written with Victor D. Nieblas (AILA Leadership Blog, November 10, 2012).

Immigrant Women: Forgotten and Discounted (AILA Leadership Blog, October 25, 2012).

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)

Television Appearances (English)

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).