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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
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:
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:
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)