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  • We wanted to share that Florida immigration attorneys and AILA members Neil Rambana and Elizabeth Ricci are being recognized with a major award. Their law firm, Rambana & Ricci, P.L.L.C., has been selected as an honoree on the 2019 Seminole 100 list, which highlights 100 of the fastest-growing U.S. businesses owned by Florida State University alumni.
  • Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak (NPZ) Law Group, P.C., an immigration and nationality law firm, makes community service part of its mission every year. On an international level and through The Gabriel Project, NPZ helped to fund the building of a Health Care Center in the slums of Thane, near Mumbai, India. Every year during Thanksgiving week, lawyers David Nachman and Snehal Batra visit the slum to provide school supplies, medical supplies, and personal hygiene products.
  • In Separated at the Border, Diamond Herrera, a 24-year-old freelance journalist and Jason Taylor, an ex-Army Ranger and journalism professor team up to fight human trafficking and abuse at a privately-run immigrant youth detention facility in the Florida Everglades. Along the way, Di and Jason are forced to take on a Miami-based gang and a corrupt facility administrator while skirting the law and dodging a suspicious Broward County Sheriff's detective.

    Separated at the Border is an exceptional example of fast-paced, contemporary adult fiction that tells the story of a young woman's quest for professional and personal fulfillment while searching for a solution to the plight of incarcerated and abused immigrant children.

    Now available in trade paperback and ebook from all major booksellers, or directly from the publisher, MyakkaPress.com.

  • Butzel Long immigration law attorney Reginald A. Pacis has been appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve as a Commissioner to the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC). Pacis is one of 12 people appointed to serve on the Commission. His term runs through November 30, 2022. The MAPAAC helps address the needs and concerns of the Asian Pacific American (APA) communities in Michigan.
  • National award-winning immigration attorneys Helen Tarokic and Alexandra Lozano have published a groundbreaking new book on the oft-misunderstood T Visa, currently designated for victims of human trafficking. In Ignite your Practice with the T Visa: Guide for Immigration Lawyers, the authors dispel common myths surrounding human trafficking and demonstrate how the underutilized T Visa can provide a legal, 'fast-track' solution to immigrant visa challenges.

    Ms. Tarokic is available for interviews and/or commentary.
  • BUFFALO, NY - Eileen M. Martin, a partner with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, has been elected to the board of directors of World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (WTCBN).

    Celebrating its 30th year, WTCBN, part of the World Trade Centers Association, assists companies in Western New York and Southern Ontario find success beyond their domestic markets.

    As co-leader of the immigration practice group at Lippes Mathias, Ms. Martin has more than 20 years of experience in immigration law assisting clients from around the world in various matters including work permits, employment-based immigration, port-of-entry issues, visa issuance, family-based immigration, immigrant and nonimmigrant waivers, and assessment of U.S. citizenship.

  • Blanca Zarazúa received the Ralph B. Atkinson Civil Liberties Award on Saturday, October 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the MIIS, Irvine Auditorium 499 Pierce St, Monterey. Secretary Leon Panetta, a former recipient of the award, introduced Ms. Zarazúa. Presented by the Monterey County Chapter of the ACLU of Northern California, the award honors Ms. Zarazúa for her work supporting immigrants and immigrant rights.
  • Raquel Hecht On November 1, 2018, Oregon AILA member Raquel Hecht was honored with the Gerald H. Robinson award for excellence in immigration advocacy. Raquel is pictured here with Senator Merkley of Oregon who also received an award for political advocacy on behalf of immigrants.

  • Cite as AILA Doc. No. 15071005.