Cynthia provides removal defense to recently bonded and detained non-citizens that change venue to the New York City or Varick Street immigration courts as part of New York State’s New York Immigrant Family Unity Program (NYIFUP).  Prior to NYLAG she worked as a staff attorney at Kingsborough Community College’s New American’s Center and CUNY Citizenship Now! where she prepared affirmative immigration applications at various District Offices of New York City Council Members.  Prior to that she practiced family-based immigration and removal defense as a solo practitioner.  Upon graduating law school, she worked on complex removal defense cases at the Law Offices of Elsa Martinez, an immigration firm founded by a former legacy INS prosecutor.  During law school she externed at the Los Angeles Immigration Court and clerked at the Law Offices of Rene Ramos, a criminal defense firm specialized in post-conviction relief where she later worked as an associate attorney.  She’s externed and volunteered at various Los Angeles and New York City-based nonprofits, including Public Counsel, CARECEN, Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Immigration Legal Assistance Project, Pro Bono Representation Panel, and Domestic Violence Project, Human Rights First, and the Legal Aid Society of New York.  She graduated from Occidental College cum laude with B.A. in English and Comparative Literature Studies and received her J.D. from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.  She is admitted to practice in California and New York.