TESSA M. CABRERA

Associate Attorney

Ms. Cabrera joined Hurwitz Holt, APLC in 2016. Her immigration experience consists of assisting clients with applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), adjustment of status, naturalization, employment authorization, administrative closure, U nonimmigrant status, and removal defense. She also has experience in criminal law and thoroughly understands the immigration consequences of criminal arrests and convictions.

Ms. Cabrera’s passion for immigration law began in law school when she wrote a paper on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines as it applies to undocumented persons convicted of illegally reentering the United States. Her research focused on the disparate but nevertheless harsh consequences for illegal reentry: federal criminal courts offer lesser sentences to those individuals that have become culturally assimilated to the United States, because of the amount of time they have lived here and their family ties but ultimately after they serve their sentence, still get deported. after graduating from law school in 2014, she worked for two prominent immigration firms in San Diego before joining Hurwitz Holt, APLC.

In her free time, Ms. Cabrera volunteers with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to fight for equality on all levels for all people, in particular the LGBT-immigrant population. She enjoys spending time with her family and their two dogs, Franklin and Pocket. She also enjoys hiking, traveling, camping, concerts, food and cooking.

Memberships:

State Bar of California, admitted 2015, Bar No. 304233

Education:

J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2014

B.A., San Diego State University, 2008

Associations/Affiliations:

San Diego County Bar Association

Human Rights Campaign – San Diego Steering Committee

Membership Outreach and Community Engagement Co-Chair

Languages:

English

Spanish

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