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.