My advocacy has earned me a positive reputation as a fierce advocate for immigrants’ rights. I have been committed to advancing the rights of immigrants for many years. My dedication to immigrants’ rights motivated me to develop an immigration law practice in California & New Mexico.
I have represented clients in all stages of litigation including numerous trials and appeals. Previously, I served as an Assistant Public Defender in Santa Fe, NM. Many of my clients were Mexican & Central American immigrants, including indigenus migrants from Latin America. My work as Immigration Counsel for the NM Public Defender Dept. included successfully addressing violations of equal protection and due process for non-citizen clients in the New Mexico criminal courts. My heavy caseload required me to appear in court almost daily for various hearings and I am very comfortable working in a court room as well as working with policy makers and government officials.
My advocacy includes presenting information, training, and education to diverse groups including attorneys, non-citizens, students & immigrants' rights activists. I have been invited to speak at universities, conferences, community organizing events, classes and the humblest of venues. I have advocated for immigrants' rights with policy makers and through invtation with media. Also, I have been a presenter at CLE seminars where I was invited to speak on immigration consequences of criminal convictions for the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA) & ethics & professionalism for the State Bar of New Mexico Immigration Section.
In 2011, I assisted the AILA Advocacy Dept. in Washington DC in collecting stories for the report, Immigration Enforcement Off Target: Minor Offenses With Major Consequences published on August 16, 2011. I have also published articles on Secured Communities, the "polimigra" and "crimmigration" issues for the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc. (NMCDLA) at their invitation. I have educated local judges on issues of bond, departure control orders, immigration parole and other matters that are relevant to protecting the rights of immigrant clients in the criminal justice system.
My personal research interests include immigration & border studies, in depth study of the intersection of immigration and crime, human trafficking laws, migrants’ rights, indigenous rights, and international human rights law. My research was published by The United Nations Crime & Research Institute (UNICRI) & The Max Planck Institute in an article I co-authored entitled, Human Trafficking on the U.S. – Mexico Border: Is There a Nexus with Immigration Policies? Most recently I have written about indigenous migrants from Mexico in the United States and the legal issues that arise for these transnational groups. I have also published articles on "crimmigration" issues for the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Asscoiation.
My resume can’t fully describe more than twenty years of volunteerism and community service work in California & New Mexico. In the Mission District of San Francisco, I worked as a community organizer, educator and performing artist. Before working as a legal advocate I served Latino communities as a bilingual teacher in Montebello and Whittier, California. While working as a teacher in Los Angeles County, I received an award of recognition for my community organizing work against crime and environmental injustice in La Puente and Whittier from Los Angeles County Supervisor, Gloria Molina. In New Mexico I have volunteered with Los Amigos de Las Mujeres de Juarez and served on the N.M. Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force. Also, I was recently asked to serve as a Board Member for New Mexico immigrants' rights non--profit organizations & on school boards serving immigrant communities.
This enduring dedication to immigrant communities is also rooted in my own personal identity and experience. My mother is an immigrant from Mexico and my stepmother is an immigrant from China. I have lived in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Europe and Mexico City. My experiences living in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Mexico and Texas have also deepened my understanding of the issues facing immigrant communities in the U.S. and I am passionate about achieving positive results for all clients. Clients can relate to me and they trust me. My clients know that I am committed to winning their cases.
Languages Spoken: Spanish, English, Mandarin
Licensed since 2009
Fixed (Never), Retainer (Always)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
Ms. Carolina Martin Ramos is a consummate professional. I had the privilege of working with her a year ago and found her to be a dedicated and passionate advocate for her clients. Her work is among the best in the legal profession and I would personally trust her with my most important clients. If you are reading this, you do not need to look any further because you found the best.
Anthony Baca Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|NM||Authorized to practice law||2009||02/14/2012|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Dean's Award||University of New Mexico School of Law||2009|
|Attorney at Law||Immigration Law Office of Carolina Martin Ramos||2015 - Present|
|Asst. Public Defender, Serious Violent Felonies||Law Offices of the Public Defender||2014 - 2014|
|Attorney of Counsel||John Lawit, P.C.||2012 - 2012|
|Owner & Managing Attorney||Justicia Digna, LLC||2012 - Present|
|Managing Attorney Family Based Immigration Division||Law Office of John W. Lawit||2012 - 2012|
|Immigration Attorney||Law Office of Emilio J. Huerta||2012 - 2012|
|Assistant Public Defender||State of New Mexico Public Defender Department||2010 - 2012|
|Educator||Whittier City School District||1999 - 2005|
|Educator||Montebello Unified School District||1997 - 1999|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|San Diego County Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|San Diego North County Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|Indian Law Section, NM State Bar Assoc.||Board Member||2014 - Present|
|New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association (NMHBA)||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|New Mexico Bar Association, Immigration Section||Current Chair & Board Member||2012 - Present|
|El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos||Board Member||2012 - Present|
|Kern County Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|State Bar of New Mexico||Member||2009 - Present|
|State Bar of New Mexico, Indian Law Section||Member||2009 - Present|
|International Law Students' Association||Vice President||2007 - 2008|
|National Native American Law Students Association||Member||2006 - 2009|
|Non-Citizen Defendant DUI Case Dismissed After Deportation||all charges dismissed|
|http://nmafc.org/2014/02/nice-job-carolina-thanks-for-all-the-great-work-you-do/||Cases dismissed & immigration consequences avoided|
|Telemundo||Due Process Violations In Artesia, New Mexico||2014|
|For the Defense (New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)||The Criminalization of Migration in New Mexico||2013|
|For the Defense, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA)||Are Your Clients Disappearing in the Polimigra Abyss?||2011|
|For the Defense, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA)||Challenging Bail Determinations for Non-citizens in New Mexico||2011|
|United Nations Crime & Research Institute (UNICRI) and the Max Planck Institute, from Fear, Oct. 2008, at 16||Human Trafficking on the U.S. – Mexico Border: Is There a Nexus with Immigration Policies?||2009|
|LIMON: Latin American and Iberian Multidisciplinary Opinion Newsletter||UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute Hosts Fo- rum with Director of the United Nations Interre- gional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)||2008|
|University of New Mexico School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||2009|
|¡Bocón!||Women & Children Refugees From Central America Detained in Artesia, NM||2014|
|The Family Law Client in the Context of Immigration Law||The Situation in Artesia - Updates and what the New Mexico Legal Community Can Do To Help||2014|
|New Mexico's Criminal Justice System: A View From the Trenches||Decriminalization of Prostitution||2014|
|Latino U.S.A. with Maria Hinojosa on Natl. Public Radio (NPR)||Sex Workers' Rights & Latinos in the Sex Indiustry||2014|
|Bench & Bar Conference, 2014 Annual Meeting, Justice at Stake||Crimmigration in New Mexico||2014|
|Asilo Humanitario en Questión Debido a Procedimientos de ICE||Due Process Issues for Women & Children Detained in Artesia, New Mexico||2014|
|Criminal Issues in Immigration||Developments in Case Law Related to "Crimmigration" with Dan Kesselbrenner||2013|
|17th Annual National Latina/o Law Students Association (NLLSA)||Crimmigration Practice||2013|
|DIA Training on DACA||Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)||2012|
|The Border: Closer to Home than You Think, Conference Las Vegas, New Mexico, October 2011||Immigration & Law Enforcement||2011|
|Immigration Truth & Consequences||Immigration Consequences: Controlled Substances & DUI||2011|
|Immigration Law CLE, New Mexico Bar Association, October 2011||Representing the Foreign National: Issues in Professionalism||2011|
|Immigration Symposium: Dispelling Myths and Raising Awareness||Human Rights & Anti-Trafficking Legislation||2008|
|Immigration Symposium: Dispelling Myths & Raising Awareness||Human Trafficking Legislation & Immigration Policy||2008|
|Women Braving Violence Conference||Are law school creating advocates to end Violence Against Women or are they creating bureaucrats?||2007|