PIW would like to take a moment to introduce you to some of our instructors over the new few weeks. Please meet one of our long-term teachers, Ms. Irene Recio, Esq.:
Irene M. Recio is a recognized expert in immigration law with over 19 years of experience. In private practice, she successfully represented individual and corporate clients in affirmative filings with the U.S. Government, including applications for temporary and permanent residency and naturalization, as well as defensive procedures before the U.S. Department of State and Immigration Court. She has represented clients seeking political asylum in the United States on the basis of prior persecution as a result of political opinion, gender, religion, and sexual orientation, and has considerable experience with international adoptions. She has been active in efforts to reform current immigration procedures.
In addition, Ms. Recio has unique and proven expertise counseling employers on conformance with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations and compliance with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, as well as defense against work-site enforcement proceedings by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for alleged violations of immigration law.
Since 2014, Ms. Recio has worked for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at headquarters. For the last two years, she has served as a branch chief for the Administrative Appeals Office, which has appellate jurisdiction over most immigration classifications. She oversees adjudications in her branch, as well as represents her office in numerous agency working groups developing immigration policy, drafting regulations, updating filing forms and instructions, and seeking other ways to improve services to stakeholders.
She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, a Master’s degree in International Business Management from the University of Miami School of International Studies, and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Economics from the University of Miami. She has been recognized as a “Top Immigration Lawyer” by the Washington Business Journal, and as one Virginia’s best “Immigration/Naturalization” attorneys by the Virginia Business Magazine.
Ms. Recio has served on the boards of DHS Pride, the National LGBT Bar Foundation and the National LGBT Bar Association, an affiliate of the American Bar Association, as well as chaired the board of the Greater Washington DC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She was asked to participate on the American Bar Association Commission on Diversity and has written numerous articles and lectured on challenges/solutions for achieving diversity in the legal profession. Since 2011, she has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Paralegal Institute of Washington.