TESSA M. CABRERA

Associate Attorney

Mrs. Cabrera was born in Mexico City, but raised in San Diego, California. She attended undergrad and law school in San Diego. She joined the firm in 2016. Her immigration experience is comprised mainly of removal defense and family-based immigration cases. She has extensive experience representing detained and non-detained clients in removal proceedings that are seeking asylum or cancellation of removal. As well as representing clients at bond hearings, for parole requests, and on appeal. Additionally she has experience with U Visas, adjustment of status, waivers, naturalization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and Stays of Removal.

In law school Mrs. Cabrera worked for the San Diego Public Defender’s Office and gained knowledge of criminal law which allows her to thoroughly understand the immigration consequences of criminal arrests and convictions. Mrs. Cabrera has always been passionate about working with marginalized communities, specifically the immigrant and LGBTQ communities.

In her free time, Ms. Cabrera volunteers with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to fight for equality on all levels for all people. HRC is the largest organization fighting for LGBTQ equality in the United States. She is a member of the National Board of Governors for HRC and has been a member of the San Diego Steering Committee since 2014. She enjoys spending time with her wife 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 #304233

Education:

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

B.A., San Diego State University, 2008

Associations/Affiliations:

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA)

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – Member of the National Board of Governors

San Diego Steering Committee Member

HRC San Diego Gala Co-Chair 2017-2019

Languages:

English

Spanish

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