I yearned to be part of an international community bringing the world’s people together. Cornell law school and Air Force JAG (Judge Advocate General) helped to get me there.
Fast forward to present day and I live the professional life I’ve dreamed of, bringing couples and families together. My clients are those who have been separated by immigration laws and thousands of miles.
The wait and the separation are painful, I know.
You may wonder:
How can this American lawyer have any insight? How does she understand the pain of separation from those you love?
I will tell you.
While serving in the Air Force JAG in Iraq, I fell in love with an Iraqi member of my security detail. We planned to marry and spend the rest of lives together. When I returned to the United States, I successfully acquired a fiancé visa for him. However, it was not to be as the Iraqi government recalled him to active duty to fight terrorism.
Three years after I returned to the United States, my fiancé and I called off our engagement, as the Iraqi government would continue to need his services. They will never let him go.
This is the first time I have ever publicly discussed my very painful experience, but I think it’s important for you to know who I am and why I care about you and your family.
Although my personal life is not what I anticipated, my professional life is. I am dedicated to bringing families, separated by thousands of miles, immigration laws, and political boundaries, together.
I also am dedicated to public service and I volunteer to help refugees find safety and peace here in the United States.
I focus my legal practices on helping families, especially Middle Eastern families, reunite or come to the United States to invest in an American business. I’m even re-learning Arabic to enhance my ability to communicate effectively and help my clients.
You are invited to reach me at 214-431-5237.
1998 – Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Politics, Lyon College, Batesville, AR
2001 – Juris Doctor,Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY
Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
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