Annaluisa Padilla


AILA elected Annaluisa Padilla, an immigration lawyer from La Habra, CA, as the association's President-Elect for the 2016-2017 term. Ms. Padilla was elected during AILA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

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 served as Chair of the immigration section of Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and as Trustee to the LACBA Board in 2006-2008 and 2010-2012. She is currently serving a third two-year term for 2014-2016. She has volunteered with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the Domestic Violence Project, the HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance. Additionally, she serves as pro bono attorney for ProBar and Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) and sits on their Family Law Expert Panel for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status relief. She has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer 2011-2016.

She is fluent in Spanish, and conversational in German and Portuguese. Ms. Padilla is active on social media; her Twitter handle is @apesq.

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Expertise (English/Spanish)

Family, General, Removal, Waivers, Naturalization, Asylum, Deportation.

Selected Recent Blog Posts

Reactions to the President's Joint Address to Congress (AILA Leadership Blog, March 1, 2017)
The American People Have Elected the 45th President (November 9, 2016)
What is Donald Trump’s Position on Immigration? (AILA Leadership Blog, August 31, 2016)
Outrage (AILA Leadership Blog, May 18, 2016)
What Happened Yesterday (AILA Leadership Blog, April 19, 2016)
The End Nears for this Politically Charged Game of Chess (AILA Leadership Blog, April 14, 2016)
New Opportunities to Move Forward in 2016 (AILA Leadership Blog, January 19, 2016)
Can the Innocence of a Child Soften the Hearts of Anti-Immigrants? (AILA Leadership Blog, October 8, 2015)
When Our Government Operates in Its Own Flawed Reality, the Most Vulnerable Suffer (AILA Leadership Blog, September 28, 2015)
Little By Little, We Tear Down the Walls of Family Detention (AILA Leadership Blog, June 25, 2015)
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)

Selected Opinion Pieces by Ms. Padilla:

We are as rich a nation as those who live among us (The Hill, September 21, 2015)
Opinion: Do we need a shocking image of a dead child to end detention of refugees? (Fox News Latino, September 15, 2015)
Opinion: As immigration debate heats up, don’t let the facts be lost in the noise (Fox News Latino, July 15, 2015)
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:

Immigration Courts to Focus on Detainees, Not Kids' Cases (Associated Press, February 1, 2017)
SoCal's undocumented youth under Trump: 'It's difficult, not knowing what will happen' (KPCC, November 10, 2016)
Article: Undocumented workers live two years at a time under controversial government program (Deseret News, August 29, 2015)
Article: Fate of migrants seeking sanctuary can seem arbitrary (Arizona Daily Star, January 4, 2015)
The Immigration Line: Who's on it and for how long? (NBC Latino, April 11, 2013)

Selected Videos:

MichaeLA: President-elect Trump Arrives in Washington (HLN, November 10, 2016)
AILA Quicktake #102: Karnes Family Detention Center (October 15, 2014)
AILA Quicktake #85: House Hearings on Unaccompanied Minors (June 26, 2014)
AILA Quicktake #84: Announcement on Increased Family Detention Facilities (June 22, 2014)