As the co-manager of Immigration Equality’s Pro Bono Program, Yleana works to expand and enhance our asylum project for LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants. She mentors pro bono attorneys and also directly represents clients in immigration proceedings at all levels.
Prior to joining Immigration Equality, Yleana was a staff and supervising attorney at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. She has represented foreign nationals before USCIS, immigration court, and the BIA. She has worked on affirmative and defensive asylum applications, U visa and VAWA petitions, family petitions, consular processing, TPS, and DACA applications. While at Catholic Charities, Yleana was a presenter for the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians of Unaccompanied Minors (LOPC). Previously, she was an associate at a private immigration law practice, Aparisi & Associates. She was also a legal researcher at the Center for Institutional and Social Change in New York where she studied state and local efforts at addressing the educational and financial needs of undocumented students.
Yleana is a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, a graduate of Columbia law school and a graduate of Brown University. Yleana is a member of the New Jersey bar and is fluent in Spanish.