Staff

Brad Thomson | Immigration Attorney <br> Abogado de Inmigración

Brad Thomson | Immigration Attorney
Abogado de Inmigración

brad@immigrationlawpllc.com

Brad grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2004. After graduation, he lived in Honduras, Costa Rica, and Mexico where he taught English. In 2005, Brad launched his career in immigration as an AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer in Miami, Florida assisting with refugee relocation. He has gained significant experience working at four immigration law firms and in a law school immigration clinic. Brad’s tasks have exposed him to a diverse array of permanent resident and temporary visa applications. Brad has been selected as a Rising Star in immigration by "Super Lawyers" Magazine each year from 2017 - 2022. Brad is an immigration consultant to the Mexican Consulate in Detroit to provide immigration legal representation for Mexican nationals. Furthermore, Brad volunteers as an immigration consultant to the Washtenaw County Office of the Prosecutor and he served as a Board Member for the Washtenaw County Sheriff, Citizen’s Advisory Board. Brad was the media chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association for the state of Michigan, and he founded the Washtenaw County Bar Association Immigration Law Section. Brad is fluent in Spanish and a graduate of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan.

Loribel Bautista-Caraballo | Immigration Attorney

Loribel Bautista-Caraballo | Immigration Attorney

Loribel Bautista-Caraballo was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico. Her own experience with the immigration process steered her towards immigration law, choosing to work at the immigration clinic during law school and later attaining a Master of Law degree in Immigration and Naturalization Law. She worked for three years with the United States Department of Health as a Public Health Advisor for the Hurricane Maria Recovery Mission in Puerto Rico. At Immigration Law PLLC, her tasks include accompanying clients to USCIS interviews and representing clients before the Immigration Court.

Cecilia Fragoso | Paralegal

Cecilia Fragoso | Paralegal

Cecilia is originally from Durango, Mexico, where she graduated from Law School. She holds a Master´s Degree in Diplomacy and International Affairs from the Diplomatic School of Madrid. Besides the U.S., she has lived in five different countries; Belgium, Canada, Spain, Lebanon, and France, where she learned from other cultures and experienced the challenges an immigrant faces when leaving their country. Throughout her professional career, she has always tried to contribute to social matters. She has experience working for the Mexican government, private sector, and nonprofit organizations. Cecilia has worked in two Mexican Consulates in the United States; in Milwaukee, at the Legal Affairs Department, in charge of assisting victims of domestic violence, and in Detroit, as a Cultural Affairs Coordinator and Legal Assistant. She volunteered with the organization SB Brussel Overseas, assisting Syrian refugees, and did an internship at the International Organization for Migrations (IOM-UN). At our firm, Cecilia is in charge of Immigration Court Cases; Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Convention Against Torture; Cancellation of Removal, and Permanent Residency applications.

Mikelina Fran Gjergj | Paralegal

Mikelina Fran Gjergj | Paralegal

Mikelina Fran Gjergj was born in Shkoder and raised in Tirane, Albania. She earned her BA in Law and Society with Summa Cum Laude from John Jay College. During her undergraduate years, she was a fellow with the 2019 Ron Moelis Social Innovation Fellowship, a recipient of the Alfred Siegel Scholarship, the founder and inaugural president of the student organization Immigrant Women Justice Alliance, and a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success. In addition, Mikelina served as a volunteer leader with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and worked as an immigration advocate intern at Her Justice. Currently, she is furthering her professional career as an immigration paralegal at Immigration Law, PLLC where she is working on marriage/family members petitions, national visa center petitions, provisional waivers, and DACA. Additionally, Mikelina is conducting research where she studies Albanian women’s perceptions of domestic violence and how those perceptions corrrelate to their help-seeking behaviors. She plans to pursue a law degree, and simultaneously a PhD in Sociology. Mikelina sees herself advocating on behalf of immigrant women and teaching and lawyering for gender justice.

Jonnathan R. Limon | Paralegal

Jonnathan R. Limon | Paralegal

Jonnathan is from Southern California and moved to Michigan in 2006. He obtained his bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Eastern Michigan University in 2022. Jonnathan has served in the United States Army from 2015-2022 both on active duty and in the National Guard, where he attained the rank of Sergeant with medals for Army commendation, Army achievement, and good conduct. For the past several years, he has worked and helped the EMU Veteran Resource Center and provided guidance and support to our local veterans here in Michigan. He has also worked with the TRIO Student Support Services and assisted in local Schools in his area. Jonnathan is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Alex Francia | Paralegal

Alex Francia | Paralegal

Alex was born in the Washington, D.C. area, where he also did his legal studies in community college. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s in theology. For most of his life, Alex has lived and worked with immigrants from countries such as Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Korea, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Bangladesh. He moved with his family to Michigan in 2016. In our office, Alex works on immigration cases with USCIS such as marriage and family petitions, citizenship applications, National Visa Center cases, and DACA, Advance Parole Documents, U Visas and Hardship Waivers.

Ligia Velázquez | Paralegal

Ligia Velázquez | Paralegal

Ligia was born in Mexico City where she studied history and law. As a historian, she has worked in cultural promotion and historical research in different public and private institutions. As a lawyer in Mexico, Ligia worked in a Public Notary office responsible for the preparation and legality of documents such as real estate title transfer contracts, business contracts, corporate bylaws, wills, powers of attorney, real estate purchases, establishments of trust, donations, mortgages, government fees payments and other legal documents. Also, she worked eight years at a state-owned development bank in Mexico at the General Service and Procurement Departments as well as at the Internal Control Office. Ligia is married to an American citizen and moved to Michigan where she first worked as an interpreter. After a year, she accepted a consular officer position at the Consulate of Mexico, where she gained experience working with the Mexican diaspora at the Vital Records, Documentation and Protection departments; and helped vulnerable immigrant women at the Comprehensive Care Office for Women.

Rachel Fagan | Paralegal

Rachel Fagan | Paralegal

Rachel grew up in southeast Michigan, and is a spring 2022 graduate of the University of Michigan. She received high distinction, and has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and International Studies with a focus in public health in the Caribbean. In the past, her professional life has largely revolved around civil rights activism, including work on several political campaigns and initiatives in Ann Arbor. In addition to working at Immigration Law PLLC, she is currently working to improve her Spanish skills and preparing to attend law school in Fall 2023. Rachel started working at Immigration Law PLLC as an intern in Summer 2021, and now works as a staff member writing hardship waivers.