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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. 

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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Immigration: 100%
    6 years

Payment

Fees:

Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Tania S. Silva

    Ms. Armstrong is well respected in the community. I endorse this lawyer with no reservations.

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  • Melissa Mari Lopez

    As the Executive Director at a local non-profit, Lauren and I have frequently worked together on cases. I trust her skills and judgment immensely. I can say without hesitation that I would recommend her to anyone seeking assistance with their immigration case.

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Contact info

Noble & Vrapi, P.A.

277 E. Amador Ave Suite 309
Las Cruces, NM, 88001

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NMAuthorized to practice law200902/24/2016
ILVoluntarily Inactive201005/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateNoble & Vrapi, P.A.2015 - Present
Managing AttorneyCatholic Charities of Southern NM2014 - 2015
Immigration Staff AttorneyCatholic Charities of Southern NM2012 - 2014
Staff AttorneyCapital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition2011 - 2012
Program SpecialistPolaris Project - National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)2010 - 2011
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Border Servant CorpsBoard of Directors2016 - Present
Immigration Section - New Mexico State Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2015 - 2015
Immigration Section - New Mexico State Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2012 - 2013
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of New Mexico School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of New Mexico School of LawLatin American StudiesMA - Masters2009
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignEnvironmental SciencesBS - Bachelor of Science2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
LULAC Immigration Education SymposiumDAPA/DACA2016
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 SeriesProfessions in Law2014
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 SeriesDesperation at the U.S.-Mexico Border: Compassionate Responses to an Immigration Crisis2014
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