Working To Secure Your Safety, Your Family & Your Future.
I am a human rights activist turned attorney.
My firm represents people escaping persecution, victims of crime and violence, families trying to reunite or trying to keep their family together, and we also assist businesses and professionals achieve their immigration goals.
I am compassionate with my clients, but aggressive with the law while seeking innovative solutions and pushing boundaries in order to provide more protection and opportunities for my clients.
|VA||Authorized to Practice Law||2012||02/13/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Volunteer of the Year, DC Chapter, Liaison Committee||American Immigration Lawyers Association||2018|
|Arthur Russell Morgan Human Rights Fellowship||University of Cincinnati College of Law||2009|
|Carl Wilkens Fellowship||Genocide Intervention Network||2009|
|CHAIR, DC Asylum Liaison Committee||American Immigration Lawyers Association||2016 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Kayi & Wilkes PLLC||2013 - Present|
|Pro-bono Attorney||Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition||2013 - Present|
|Owner||Wilkes Legal Contracting||2012 - 2014|
|Law Clerk||Kentucky Department Of Public Advocacy||2012 - 2012|
|Judicial Law Clerk||Department Of Labor OALJ||2011 - 2011|
|Limited Practicing Intern||Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati||2011 - 2011|
|Legal Intern||Schonbrun, DeSimone, Seplow, Harris, Hoffman, & Harrison, LLP||2011 - 2011|
|Legal Intern||International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia||2010 - 2010|
|Founder||GENed||2007 - 2009|
|Agent||Tingen's Insurance Agency||2005 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia||Member||2013 - Present|
|National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)||Diploma, Advocacy in Immigration Matters (Trial Skills)||2018|
|University of Cincinnati College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2012|
|Columbia College (Columbia, SC)||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|Building a Home Away from Home||Trauma-informed care||2018|
|AILA DC FALL CONFERENCE||Strategies for Winning Asylum Cases||2016|
|Human Rights: Promotion and Protection Advocates Reflection on their Work`||Immigration||2015|
|Orientation for arriving Ethiopians||Asylum||2014|
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