I fell into immigration after working in photography for 10 years. I have always been interested in the law and curious about other countries, so when I became a paralegal at a large immigration law firm, I found the work to be very rewarding.
I will never forget one case I worked on that involved a business owner and his whole family. He had special security requirements thrust upon him just because of where he was born. His company went out of business, but we transferred his priority date and helped him and his family get green cards and achieve some stability, which was very rewarding.
I was drawn to Alcorn Immigration Law for the opportunity to work remotely from New York on extraordinary ability cases involving individuals who work in high tech. Every day I learn something new about a variety of subjects and issues that are outside of my area of experience. It’s almost like being a reporter. As a native New Yorker, I don’t drive. The first case I worked on involved autonomous vehicles. That was the perfect case for me.
In my free time, I like to take long urban hikes. I often walk from my neighborhood in Coney Island, Brooklyn to Manhattan, a trip of about 10 miles, which usually takes me three to four hours. Before the pandemic, I spent a lot of time volunteering as a guide at the Coney Island Museum. I’m also a licensed New York City tour guide. I grew up here in Coney Island, and my great-grandmother used to sell candy apples on the Coney Island Boardwalk. I always loved sharing the magic of my unique neighborhood with visitors. I hope to return to that soon.