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SANDRA SALTRESE-MILLER, an experienced immigration attorney,  has fought for the rights of immigrants for twenty years. She has represented scores of clients in immigration court and federal court. Before opening her own immigration law firm, she was the supervising immigration lawyer at one of Denver’s most well established nonprofit immigration clinics, where she defended indigent immigrants against deportation.  This tough immigration lawyer also specializes in appellate litigation both in immigration law and criminal matters.
She filed the first Violence Against Women immigration case in Colorado. She co-counseled the first constitutional challenge against the government’s restrictive immigration legislation in the Tenth Circuit Appeals Court. See Jurado-Gutierrez v. Gonzalez.  This talented immigration lawyer successfully litigated the first illegal disclosure asylum case in Colorado, where she halted deportation of asylum seekers whose asylum materials were illegally disclosed to their country of origin. Ms Saltrese-Miller also specializes in professional visas for scientists, artists, and academic scholars.


Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 98%
  2. Criminal Defense: 2%



Hourly ($150-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Saltrese, Faville, & Deseguin, Ll.C.

2635 17th Street, Ste 200
Denver, CO, 80211


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Superb Lawyer RatingAVVO2013
Excellent RatingAvvo2013
Very good ratingAvvo2012
Certificate of AppreciationDU Battered Women's Reform Project1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder/attorneySaltrese, Faville & De Seguin, LLC2009 - Present
Legal and Social Policy DirectorSafehouse Progressive Alliance For Nonviolence2008 - 2012
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of Colorado School Of Law2004 - 2004
Adjunct ProfessorNaropa University2001 - 2001
Adjunct ProfessorDenver University College Of Law (immigration clinic)1998 - 1998
Founder/AttorneyLaw Office of Sandra Saltrese-Miller1995 - 2009
Supervising attorneyJustice Information Center1993 - 1996
Contract AttorneyAppellate Division of the Colorado State Public Defender1991 - 1993
AttorneyDenver Public Defender1991 - 1993
LAW CLERKPima County Public Defender1990 - 1991
LEGAL INTERNColorado State Public Defender, Denver Office1989 - 1989
Student InternUniversity Of Colorado School Of Law1988 - 1989
Law ClerkRothstein, Hughes, Bennett, Daly, and Donatelli1988 - 1988
InterpreterUniversity of Colorado, School of Law, Legal Aid1988 - 1988
Law InternEdwards, Terrill & Mygatt1986 - 1986
Editorial AssistantSage Publications, Inc1981 - 1982
Editorial Assistant & Reader, Trade DivisionMacMillan Publishing Co1967 - 1969
ReaderRandom House Publishing1966 - 1967
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationChair - Colorado Federal Litigation Committee2014 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1993 - Present
US Court of Appeals for the 10th CircuitBar Member1993 - Present
US District Court ColoradoBar Member1993 - Present
Supreme Court of the United States BarBar MemberN/A
American Civil Liberties Union of ColoradoBoard Member2004 - 2004
DU Battered Womens Clemency Reform ProjectVolunteer Attorney1998 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Contreras-Canche v Immigration and Naturalization Service 28 F3d112 (10th Cir 1994)prevailed
Jurado-Gutierrez v INS 190 F3d 1135, 1148 (10th Cir 1999)Prevailed
Akinwunmi v. Greene, 194 F.3d 1340 (10th Cir. 1999)Prevailed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Colorado LawyerPublications: Crime and Banishment2000
Colorado County Court Bench BookInternational Treaty law & International Child Abduction (Contributor)1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New School for Social ResearchAnthropologyN/AN/A
University of Colorado - BoulderAnthropologyBA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laudeN/A
University of Colorado School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Presentación Acción DiferidaDACA/Acción Diferida2012
Lawline.comThe Representation of Noncitizen Victims of Domestic Abuse2010
Social Justice and Public Interest ConferenceThe Representation of Noncitizen Victims of Domestic Abuse2009
National Conference on COTESOLImmigration2007
Naropa UniversityProspective Immigration Legislation -- Dream Act2006
UNIVISION (Spanish language television station)Hartford Pilot Project (Detention Program)2004
ACLU, ColoradoPatriot Act2003
Naropa UniversityPatriot Act Legislation2001
National Convention, Seattle WAImmigration (panelist)1999
Colorado Hispanic Bar AssociationConstitutionality of new Immigration Laws1998
AILA Colorado CLEConstitutionality of new Immigration Laws1998
National Lawyers Guild ConferenceImmigration1997
Legal Aid ClassesImmigration1997
Immigration classImmigration (guest lecturer)1997
Hispanic Law Society, DUAntiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.1996
Debated Tom Tancredo on Channel 7Proposition 187 debate1994