Cristina Romero

  • Lecturer in Law

Tina Romero is senior staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society.  Since 2009 she has provided direct representation to immigrant youth in state and immigration courts. Tina advises the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice on immigration matters, provides trainings on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and coordinates the New York City SIJS Advocates' group. Tina is a member of the New York State Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court. She was a part of the teams that successfully litigated the class action lawsuit R.F.M. v. Nielsen, 365 F. Supp. 350 (SD NY 2019) and its companion case Zabaleta v. Nielsen, 367 F. Supp. 3d 208 (SD NY 2019). In 2014, she started the Immigrant Youth Advocacy Externship at Columbia Law School which she continues to teach with Amy Pont. She assisted in the creation of the ICARE coalition to ensure unaccompanied youth in New York City obtained representation in immigration court.  Tina graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 magna cum laude.  She received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2005.  She is admitted in New York and Illinois.