Yanitza joined Tahirih in 2022. As a Staff Attorney, Yanitza is responsible for representing individuals fleeing gender-based violence before the Immigration Court, USCIS and other agencies. Prior to joining Tahirih, Yanitza served as an Immigration Attorney for Catholic Charities of Baltimore, where she provided direct legal representation to individuals in removal proceedings, VAWA, U Visa and Adjustment of Status. She also assisted in mentoring Pro Bono Attorneys and conducted presentations on immigration benefits and relief.
During Law School, Yanitza was a member of the Honor Student Program and represented clients in family law matters such as custody, divorce, childhood support and, domestic violence.
I am inspired by Tahirih’s mission in serving women and girls in their fight against gender-based violence. Fighting for their rights means giving them a new beginning where dignity is a priority.
Education: Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, JD; Inter American University of Puerto Rico, BA
Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico