Cristina Romero has been an attorney with the Legal Aid Society since 2005.
For four years, she represented low-income tenants in eviction proceedings. In 2009, she joined the Immigration Law Unit, where she works exclusively with juvenile clients. Her practice focuses on obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for clients in removal proceedings, foster-care, or living in alternative family arrangements.
Romero practices before EOIR, New York State Family Courts, and USCIS. She routinely trains and consults with the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice attorneys on immigration matters. She also trains attorneys and students throughout New York on SIJS practices in cooperation with other legal service providers for children.
Romero coordinates the New York City SIJS Advocates' group. She engages in both local and national policy advocacy on SIJS related issues and assists on appeals when necessary. Romero supervises SIJS cases with pro bono attorneys from private law firms.
She is admitted in Illinois and New York.
She received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2005 and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2001.