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Elinor Tesfamariam is a managing member and immigration attorney at Plenpovo Law.  Mrs. Tesfamariam has well-rounded experience in all forms of immigration law, particularly family petitions adjustments of status; asylum; Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, detention and employment-based visas. Mrs. Tesfamariam is particularly knowledgeable about detention processes and has a successfully negotiated with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on behalf of many clients


Prior to establishing Plenpovo Law, Mrs. Tesfamariam was the co-founder and Managing Member of Immigration and Human Rights Law Group, where she successfully managed many employment-based visa cases, family visas, and detention cases.


Passionate about ensuring justice for all, Mrs. Tesfamariam has vigorously developed  an expertise in immigration and human rights issues. Actions taken by Mrs. Tesfamariam regarding, key human rights and immigration issues include:  holding “Know Your Rights” seminars, holding seminars on female genital mutilation (or cutting) (FGM or FGC), offering educational sessions on the Rwandan genocide, assisting in the creation of fair anti-drug enforcement laws and sentencing guidelines. 


Mrs. Tesfamariam is originally from Eritrea, East Africa.  She immigrated from Africa to the United States at the age of 13 years old.    Mrs. Tesfamariam  has experienced the difficult living conditions in Africa first-hand, and is also familiar with the struggles and triumphs faced by an immigrant in the United States.


Mrs. Tesfamariam earned her law degree from Seattle University School of Law.  She also holds a bachelor degree in Law and Diversity from Western Washington University.  She is a member the Washington State Bar Association.


Languages spoken: Amharic, Tigringa

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    10 years, 350 cases



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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalPlenpovo Law, PLLC2009 - Present
Immigration Attorney & Managing MemberImmigration & Human Rights Law Group2007 - 2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Know Your Rights SeminarKnow Your Rights2008
Know Your Rights SeminarKnow Your Rights2007