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Immigration Attorney Rhodora
Derpo is a first generation Filipina American.  She emigrated
from the Philippines at the age of ten and can relate to the
challenges that non-citizens experience in the United States.


Ms. Derpo began her work in immigration law while she was
attending University of Hawai`i William S. Richardson School of Law.  As a Student
Attorney for the Immigration Law Clinic, she
represented indigent clients charged with
committing removable criminal offenses.  In 2003, Ms. Derpo
served as an Immigration Advocate for Grants to Encourage
Arrest Policies in Hawai`i.  As an Immigration Advocate, she
developed and adapted language appropriate materials for
state-wide presentation and national distribution.  Ms. Derpo
collaborated with immigrant service organizations in scheduling
and presenting information about stalking to immigrant
communities. She authored Safety Planning for Immigrants,
a victim rights handbook that has been published by the
National Center for Victims of Crime.  And, as a Law Clerk at
Hawai`i's only nonprofit immigration law center, Ms. Derpo
worked on cases involving self-petitions under the Violence Against
Women Act. 


2008, Ms. Derpo established Immigrant Rights Advocate, an
immigration law practice specializing in family-based and
immigration.  As part of her ongoing effort to promote
education and awareness on immigration matters, Ms. Derpo provides
free immigration law seminars and workshops to community-based
and nonprofit organizations. 


Ms. Derpo's commitment to equality and social justice informs her work as an immigration law practitioner.




Languages spoken: Tagalog, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 85%
    8 years
  2. Business: 15%
    8 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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2757 N. Lincoln Ave. # 305
Chicago, IL, 60614



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Advocates for Public Interest Law GrantAdvocates for Public Interest LawN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of California - DavisN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Naturalization and Citizenship SeminarsBecoming a United States Citizen2011
Naturalization and Citizenship SeminarBecoming a United States Citizen2011