Rina’s interest in immigration law began with a service trip to Juarez, Mexico in 2008. She always had a passion for law, especially as a tool for social justice, and this trip provided a path. After that she began working at a legal aid organization focusing on asylum, U and T visas, waivers, and family-based petitions in Austin, Texas, and volunteering with a Refugee Resettlement program. As a paralegal at an immigration law firm, she gained experience with family-based petitions, and I-601 waivers in particular. In law school, Rina took all available immigration law courses, conducted research in modern as well as historical immigration trends, interned every semester at immigration non-profits and firms, and ran William and Mary’s immigration law and service organization. Finally, she was and continues to be active in lobbying efforts for the DREAM Act, comprehensive immigration reform, and ending family detention.
At HNI, Rina has experience in a wide variety of immigration cases, from family-based cases with issues including same-sex and trans marriages, military Parole in Place, and Child Status Protection Act; “DACA-Bally” cases; Waivers for unauthorized presence, crimes, and fraud or misrepresentation; removal proceedings and appeals; asylum; and naturalization, including 319(b) expeditious naturalization.
- 2014 – William and Mary Law School, J.D.
- 2011 – St. Edward’s University, B.A., Honors Program, magna cum laude
- Dean’s Certificate, award for public service (William and Mary)
- Holy Cross Scholarship, full four-year merits scholarship; Dean’s Scholarship (3), academic scholarship; Dean’s List (8); Honors Program; Alpha Chi, honors society; Psi Chi, honors society for psychology (St. Edward’s University)
- “Providing Holistic Services to Survivors: Practice tips for screening for trauma and violence and working with mental health, domestic violence, and sexual assault professionals,” Federal Bar Association Annual Conference (May 18, 2018)
- “Immigration and Removal Defense Basics, Procedural Updates,” William and Mary Law School (March 19, 2018)
- “Advanced Issues in I-601/I-601A Unlawful Presence Waivers,” AILA DC Chapter Fall Conference (November 8, 2017)
- “Why Don’t They Just Get In Line?” St. Edward’s University (September 21, 2017)
- Hogar Immigrant Services, Naturalization Workshops; Volunteer Attorney
- Pull for Progress; Director of Advocacy
- Bridge to Success: Dierma, Burkina Faso; Liaison with Engineers Without Borders