Annaluisa Padilla, an immigration lawyer from La Habra, CA, was installed as AILA’s President for the 2017-2018 term.
Ms. Padilla established her practice in 2002. As a solo practitioner she has represented individuals in removal proceedings, and before the federal court and USCIS; she also represents small businesses and corporations in employment-based petitions. Her practice is focused on humanitarian relief including asylum, VAWA and representing unaccompanied minors. Prior to her AILA service, Ms. Padilla served on the Boards of several Bar Associations including the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA) and the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) where she just completed her term as Assistant Vice President. She has volunteered with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the Domestic Violence Project, and the HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance. Additionally, she serves as pro bono attorney for ProBar and Kids In Need of Defense (KIND).
Ms. Padilla was born in Guatemala and immigrated to the United States in 1983, when her family settled in Van Nuys, CA. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and her law degree from Whittier Law School in 1997.
Ms. Padilla resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband Jerry Turgeon.
She is fluent in Spanish, and conversational in German and Portuguese. Ms. Padilla is active on social media; her Twitter handle is @apesq.
Family, General, Removal, Waivers, Naturalization, Asylum, Deportation.