Staff Attorney, Immigration- Padilla Practice
Victoria joined BDS’s Immigration Practice after she founded the Immigration Unit and served as the Immigration Unit Supervisor for nearly two years at the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County. During that time, she filed an Article 78 and numerous writs of habeas corpus challenging the unconstitutional detention of non-citizen clients based solely on administrative requests for continued detention by immigration officials. Additionally, she successfully vacated a number of pleas for non-citizens through negotiation and 440 motions. Prior to her time in Nassau, she clerked for the New York Immigration Court for two years, where she drafted memoranda and decisions for Immigration Judges.
During law school, Victoria participated in a number of immigration and human rights-related internships and clinics. She interned at the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland, and at the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, where she appealed convictions of genocidaires who allegedly committed acts of genocide and crimes against humanity. Through the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, she represented asylum-seekers from South Sudan and Tibet, respectively, in front of USCIS and the Boston Immigration Court, as well as petitioned for a U visa for a Brazilian woman who had been a victim of severe domestic violence and had been forced to join a prostitution ring.
Victoria earned her B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Wellesley College in 2009 and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2012. She speaks Spanish and is admitted to the New York and Massachusetts state bars, as well as the federal bars of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.