Christine Stouffer, Attorney

Christine is a certified specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law with the California State Bar. She has been practicing exclusively immigration law since 2006. She previously worked as Interim Staff Attorney for Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco with their Pro Bono Asylum Program, and as Staff Attorney for Arab American Legal Services, part of the San Francisco Immigrant and Legal Education Network.

A variety of experiences over the years led Christine to immigration law. She has traveled extensively and lived in Morocco and France. Her mother and her husband are both immigrants to the United States. Based on her personal experiences, she has a deep appreciation for the challenges faced by individuals and families living in a new country. What is already challenging is only made more difficult when, as in many cases, life in a new country brings separation from loved ones. It means a lot to her to work in a field that allows her to help clients navigate the complicated immigration laws so they can focus on moving forward with their lives and reuniting with their families. Christine feels truly honored by the chance to get to know people from all over the world, learn their unique histories, and help translate the law in such a way that allows her clients to make the most informed decisions about their immigration matter. Once the appropriate path is identified, she enjoys working as a team with clients to present the strongest case possible to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service or the Immigration Court.

Christine is fluent in French, and conversant in Arabic and Spanish.

Licenses and Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California

Professional Organization Memberships and Associations

  • Member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • EOIR Co-Liaison to the San Francisco Immigration Court for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Northern California Chapter (2014-2016)
  • Pro-Bono Co-Coordinator for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Northern California Chapter (2013-2014)
  • Co-Chair, National Lawyers Guild Immigration Committee, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (2008-2011)
  • Member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (2006-present)

Honors

  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star for Immigration (2012-2014)
  • Rising Star Award from the San Francisco Minority Bar Association (2009)
  • Award for Achievement in Public Interest Law from Golden Gate University (2005)

Volunteer / Pro Bono Activities

  • Mentor Attorney, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Pro Bono Asylum Program (2006-present)
  • Volunteer Attorney, Centro Legal de la Raza Oakland’s Low Fee Evening Immigration Clinic (2010-present)
  • Volunteer Attorney, La Raza Centro Legal San Francisco’s Free Evening Immigration Clinic (2005-2010)

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Introduction to Removal Defense, Immigrant Legal Resource Center Continuing Legal Education Program, 2015 and 2017
  • Panelist, Emerging Human Rights Conditions in the Middle East and Their Impact on Asylum, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Lunchtime Continuing Legal Education Workshop, 2013
  • Panelist, Mentor, Mentee and Interpreter Panel, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Fall 2012 Asylum Seminar for Pro Bono Advocates, 2012

Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D., 2005
  • University of Washington, B.A., Middle Eastern Studies, 1998

 

Mindy Taira-Kaplan, Attorney

Mindy Taira-Kaplan has been practicing immigration law since 2013. Prior to joining the Law Office of Christine M. Stouffer, Mindy worked at a deportation defense firm in Oakland, California, representing clients in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, as well as with asylum, family-based, waiver and U visa applications.

Mindy graduated cum laude from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While earning her law degree, she participated in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and the Workers’ Rights Clinic where she assisted individuals to exercise their legal rights in the workplace. She also successfully represented numerous affirmative asylum applicants in their asylum interviews while interning at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant. Before attending law school, Mindy earned her Bachelor degree in Studio Art from New York University and studied abroad in London. She exhibited her paintings and photographs in galleries in New York, Berlin, and Vienna.

Mindy became interested in advocating on behalf of immigrants after working in the restaurant industry in New York. Mindy admires the bravery and strength of her clients who made the difficult decision to leave their home countries and rebuild their lives in the United States, and is honored to be able to assist them in finding a path to legal status.

Mindy is admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S District Court for the Northern District of California.  She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Mindy speaks Spanish fluently.

 

Ana Trujillo, Paralegal

Ana is a certified paralegal with past experience at a family law firm, and past immigration-related experience having volunteered at the non-profit organization Catholic Charities in Concord California before joining the Law Office of Christine Stouffer.

Ana became interested in working in immigration law growing up as an immigrant. Ana witnessed and experienced the difficulties immigrants lacking lawful status in the United States face day to day.  Ana was raised by immigrant parents who worked hard from sunrise to sundown in the fields of Salinas, California to raise her and her siblings. Ana has witnessed firsthand the sacrifices that hundreds of immigrant parents make coming to an unknown country seeking work and a brighter and safer future for their families. Ana is proud to be an immigrant herself and grateful to be able to help and make a difference in the lives of many people who are struggling like she and her family once did.

After obtaining legal status in the United States, Ana pursued a paralegal certificate in order to work within the field of immigration law. Ana enjoys being able to help people, and enjoys being part of a team of advocates at Law Office of Christine Stouffer who truly care about clients and strive to provide excellent and quality legal services.

Ana is fluent in Spanish.

 

Fabiola Hernandez, Legal Assistant

Fabiola is a recent graduate of U.C. Berkeley hoping to pursue her Masters and J.D. in the future. Fabiola immigrated to this country as a child and has experienced first hand the struggles immigrants face. Fabiola is passionate about bettering the lives of marginalized groups of people, especially immigrants, and hopes to continue eventually work in policy.

Fabiola has previous experience interning with asylum seekers at area non-profit East Bay Sanctuary. She has also worked with immigrant families in the education field as a summer school coordinator and after-school program coordinator. Fabiola is currently happy to be working in an immigration law office where she can serve immigrants while gaining skills within immigration law and advocacy.

Fabiola is fluent in Spanish.