Effective January 1, 2020, and through a formal agreement between two neighboring dioceses, Ms. Ashley Sanchez, immigration staff attorney with Cleveland Catholic Charities, has been assigned to provide immigration legal services to people living in the Diocese of Youngstown.
With experience in a variety of areas of immigration law, including asylum, citizenship, family reunification and removal defense, Ms. Sanchez holds a law degree from Berkeley Law, where she also earned certificates of specialization in international law. While in law school, Ms. Sanchez co-coordinated the California Asylum Representation Clinic, and participated in the immigration clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, California. Ms. Sanchez holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She also spent a year abroad studying at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Ms. Sanchez provides legal counseling and representation covering a wide-range of immigration matters, including: immigration consultation services, family-based petitions, citizenship and naturalization applications, adjustment status and permanent residency applications, work authorizations, protection-based claims (asylum, withholding of removal, protection under the Convention Against Torture), visas for victims (U Visas for victims of serious crimes, T Visas for victims of trafficking, VAWA for victims of domestic violence), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), immigrant visa processing/consular processing, inadmissibility waiver applications, Temporary Protected Status, and immigration court representation.
“In our line of work, a successful result may mean keeping a family together, or preventing the deportation of someone to a place where they face imminent harm or death,” Ms. Sanchez states. “We are excited to expand our immigration legal services to the Diocese of Youngstown, and look forward to helping as many people as possible.”
Services can be provided in a variety of languages, and all matters are treated professionally and confidentially.
Ms. Sanchez will be keeping regular office hours at the Catholic Charities Diocesan Office in Youngstown, and will be available to meet with clients at any of the Catholic Charities service sites located in the six-county diocesan region. Appointments are required for all locations, and can be scheduled by calling 330-599-4314.