Lauren Armstrong is an associate with Noble & Vrapi's office in Las Cruces, NM. Ms. Armstrong transitioned into private practice after approximately six years in the non-profit sector. She has particular expertise regarding victim advocacy and children’s cases.
Ms. Armstrong received her J.D. (Cum Laude) and M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2009 and received her B.S. (High Honors) from the University of Illinois in 2002. While in law school, Ms. Armstrong clerked for the Chicago Immigration Court and participated in the Community Lawyering Clinic and Immigration Practicum. Ms. Armstrong also conducted field research on indigenous land rights in Panama and has published articles in the University of New Mexico Tribal Law Journal and Florida A & M University Law Review.
After law school, Ms. Armstrong began working as a Program Specialist with Polaris Project’s National Human Trafficking Resource Center in Washington, DC. While there, Ms. Armstrong provided training, technical assistance, and direct representation on human trafficking cases.
Ms. Armstrong then worked as a Staff Attorney with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition in Washington, DC, where she provided training, pro se assistance, and direct representation to detained immigrants in removal proceedings. Ms. Armstrong mentored pro bono attorneys on detained cases during that time and handled her own caseload involving LPR cancellation of removal and T visas.
From 2012-2015, Ms. Armstrong worked with Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico, where she handled a diverse caseload (including naturalization, DACA, and family-based cases) and led the agency's programs for undocumented children (SIJS) and crime victims (VAWA, U Visa).
Ms. Armstrong has presented at various conferences and speaking engagements on the topic of immigration, with a focus on the protections available to undocumented children and crime victims. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Border Servant Corps and is a former Board member of the Immigration Section of the New Mexico Bar. Ms. Armstrong is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Panama ’02-’05) and is fluent in Spanish.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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|NM||Authorized to practice law||2009||02/24/2016|
|Associate||Noble & Vrapi, P.A.||2015 - Present|
|Managing Attorney||Catholic Charities of Southern NM||2014 - 2015|
|Immigration Staff Attorney||Catholic Charities of Southern NM||2012 - 2014|
|Staff Attorney||Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition||2011 - 2012|
|Program Specialist||Polaris Project - National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)||2010 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Border Servant Corps||Board of Directors||2016 - Present|
|Immigration Section - New Mexico State Bar Association||Board of Directors||2015 - 2015|
|Immigration Section - New Mexico State Bar Association||Board of Directors||2012 - 2013|
|Florida A & M University Law Review||This Land is Our Land: Indigenous Rights and Rural Development in Darién, Panama||2010|
|Tribal Law Journal - University of New Mexico||Indigenous Legal Traditions, Cultural Rights, and Tierras Colectivas: A Jurisprudential Reading from the Emberá-Wounaan Community||2009|
|University of New Mexico School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|University of New Mexico||Latin American Studies||MA - Masters||2009|
|University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||Environmental Sciences||BS - Bachelor of Science||2002|
|Women's Intercultural Center||Immigration Updates||2016|
|Radio KAMA - Consulado Mexicano||Asuntos Migratorios||2016|
|LULAC Immigration Education Symposium||DAPA/DACA||2016|
|Platicas con el Consulado General de México en El Paso, Texas||"Asuntos Migratorios: Acción Ejecutiva (DAPA), Acción Diferida (DACA) y Violencia Doméstica"||2015|
|Diocesan Life, Justice, and Peace Conference||"Immigration, Child Well-Being, and Families"||2015|
|3rd Judicial District Court Family Law Luncheon||"Kinship Guardianship Proceedings and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status"||2015|
|NMSU Speaker Series||Professions in Law||2014|
|NM State Bar CLE - The Family Law Client in the Context of Immigration Law: What Every Attorney Should Know||"Relief through the U Visa and VAWA"||2014|
|GMCR Civil Discourse Series||Desperation at the U.S.-Mexico Border: Compassionate Responses to an Immigration Crisis||2014|
|Children's Law Institute Annual Conference||"Protections for Immigrant Children and Mixed Status Families: A Practical Guide For Eligibility, Screening, and Referrals"||2014|
|AAUW-NM Fall Workshop & State Leadership Team Meeting||"Immigration Issues Affecting Women and Children"||2014|
|Vulnerable Populations Training - Baker & McKenzie / Washington, DC||"Advocating for Victims of Exploitation and Abuse: T and U Visas"||2012|
|Regent University School of Law - Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar||"Humanitarian Visas"||2012|
|Faith Summit on Domestic and Sexual Violence||"Recognizing and Responding to Human Trafficking"||2011|
|DC Bar Foundation - Advanced Asylum Training||"Gang-Based Asylum Claims"||2011|
|NM State Bar - Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar||"Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions in New Mexico"||2010|