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. Since then, she has been immersed in the immigration field and is fortunate to have worked in both non-profit and law firm settings. She has been involved in lobbying efforts for the DREAM Act for over a decade, and continues to push for a clean Dream Act, comprehensive immigration reform, and ending family detention.
Rina furthers these goals by being a member of the AILA DC Advocacy Committee, the Federal Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, and by giving speeches on immigration topics at universities.
As an attorney at HNI, Rina has experience in a wide variety of immigration cases from family-based cases including same-sex and transgender marriages, military Parole in Place, and Child Status Protection Act; to DACA and DACA adjustment cases; removal defense and appeals; asylum; and naturalization, including 319(b) expeditious naturalization. She specializes in waivers for unauthorized presence, crimes, and fraud or misrepresentation and is particularly fond of the I-601A Provisional Waiver.
- 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)
- “Immigration Law Fundamentals: Visas, Residency, and Relief from Deportation,” myLawCLE and the Federal Bar Association (January 17, 2019)
- “Hot Topics in Consular Processing,” AILA DC Chapter Fall Conference (November 7, 2018)
- “Justice Denied: Asylum Seekers at our Southern Border, Family Separation, and Mandatory Detention,” University of Maryland (October 16, 2018)
- “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