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Carolina Martin Ramos

Immigration Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Justicia Digna

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NM
    Acquired 2009
    Status
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About Carolina

Learn Carolina’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
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    Practice outside of New Mexico is limited to immigration law/federal and international human rights law.

    15 years

My advocacy has earned me a positive reputation as a fierce advocate for immigrants’ rights. I have been committed to advancing the rights of immigrants for many years. My dedication to immigrants’ rights motivated me to develop an immigration law practice in California & New Mexico.

 

I have represented clients in all stages of litigation including numerous trials and appeals. Previously, I served as an Assistant Public Defender in Santa Fe, NM. Many of my clients were Mexican & Central American immigrants, including indigenus migrants from Latin America. My work as Immigration Counsel for the NM Public Defender Dept. included successfully addressing violations of equal protection and due process for non-citizen clients in the New Mexico criminal courts. My heavy caseload required me to appear in court almost daily for various hearings and I am very comfortable working in a court room as well as working with policy makers and government officials.

 

My advocacy includes presenting information, training, and education to diverse groups including attorneys, non-citizens, students & immigrants' rights activists. I have been invited to speak at universities, conferences, community organizing events, classes and the humblest of venues. I have advocated for immigrants' rights with policy makers and through invtation with media. Also, I have been a presenter at CLE seminars where I was invited to speak on immigration consequences of criminal convictions for the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA) & ethics & professionalism for the State Bar of New Mexico Immigration Section.

 

In 2011, I assisted the AILA Advocacy Dept. in Washington DC in collecting stories for the report, Immigration Enforcement Off Target: Minor Offenses With Major Consequences published on August 16, 2011. I have also published articles on Secured Communities, the "polimigra" and "crimmigration" issues for the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc. (NMCDLA) at their invitation. I have educated local judges on issues of bond, departure control orders, immigration parole and other matters that are relevant to protecting the rights of immigrant clients in the criminal justice system.

 

My personal research interests include immigration & border studies, in depth study of the intersection of immigration and crime, human trafficking laws, migrants’ rights, indigenous rights, and international human rights law. My research was published by The United Nations Crime & Research Institute (UNICRI) & The Max Planck Institute in an article I co-authored entitled, Human Trafficking on the U.S. – Mexico Border: Is There a Nexus with Immigration Policies? Most recently I have written about indigenous migrants from Mexico in the United States and the legal issues that arise for these transnational groups. I have also published articles on "crimmigration" issues for the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Asscoiation.

 

My resume can’t fully describe more than twenty years of volunteerism and community service work in California & New Mexico. In the Mission District of San Francisco, I worked as a community organizer, educator and performing artist. Before working as a legal advocate I served Latino communities as a bilingual teacher in Montebello and Whittier, California. While working as a teacher in Los Angeles County, I received an award of recognition for my community organizing work against crime and environmental injustice in La Puente and Whittier from Los Angeles County Supervisor, Gloria Molina. In New Mexico I have volunteered with Los Amigos de Las Mujeres de Juarez and served on the N.M. Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force. Also, I was recently asked to serve as a Board Member for New Mexico immigrants' rights non--profit organizations & on school boards serving immigrant communities.

 

This enduring dedication to immigrant communities is also rooted in my own personal identity and experience. My mother is an immigrant from Mexico and my stepmother is an immigrant from China. I have lived in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Europe and Mexico City. My experiences living in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Mexico and Texas have also deepened my understanding of the issues facing immigrant communities in the U.S. and I am passionate about achieving positive results for all clients. Clients can relate to me and they trust me. My clients know that I am committed to winning their cases.

 

 

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Location

Carolina Martin Ramos
302 Washington St
#1500-2200
San Diego, CA, 92103

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Reviews

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Posted by Marlenin cordero | August 24, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excelente servicio
Estoy trabajando con Carolina desde el día uno me insipiro confianza a un que todavía no se a resuelto mi situación se que estoy en excelente manos la recomiendo al 100 mucha gracias por trabajar con el caso de mi esposo
Posted by Ismael | March 7, 2015
Ismael and Daniela Adame
We would like to thank Carolina Martin Ramos, our attorney for helping us achieve my wifes permanet residency. She stood by our side every step of the way and never left us alone, she was always there to answer any of our concerns! We would highly reccommend her and her staff for our their great outlook and overall for their great work!!!
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Response from Carolina Ramos April 4, 2015
Thank you so much for your kind words! It was a pleasure to work with both of you! You are a wonderful couple and we wish you the very best always!!! Felicidades!!!
Posted by Jezabel | June 24, 2014
An outstanding person and one amazing lawyer!
Me and my family are so blessed to have met the lawyer Carolina Martin Ramos and had her work on our cases. She handle our immigration cases so professional and was so understanding of our situation. Carolina helps people a lot and has the biggest heart anyone can imagine. We strongly recommend this lawyer. We forever be thankful to her.
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Response from Carolina Ramos June 25, 2014
Gracias J!!! Su familia es muy especial para mi!
Posted by Jennifer | November 8, 2012
Most Integrity and Confidence, Caring yet works hard to get the right results
Mrs. Ramos work for us on an immigration case. She was so compasionant, we knew immediately that she was the attorney that we needed to work with. We are so glad to see that she is in her own office now where she will thrive and be able to help many people in our situation.
Response from Carolina Ramos June 25, 2014
Thank you so much! I remember you guys fondly and hope everyone is well!!! I would love to hear form y'all!
Posted by Louise | August 18, 2012
Awesome!
I have had the pleasure of working with Carolina @ the jail. She is so compasionate & understanding and has extensive knowledge of immigration issues. Carolina always goes above and beyond to help her clients, and is always available when needed. I would highly recommend Carolina for not only your immigration matters, but criminal issues as well.
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Response from Carolina Ramos June 25, 2014
Thank you Louise!!! YOU are an amazing empathetic advocate!
Posted by glency | June 14, 2012
Greatfully thankful with this great lawyer.
Ms. Carolina has been one of the most effecient lawyers I have ever met. She help me out succesfully with no buts or inconvenients. She's very professional and efficient. She is a knowledgeable and wise lawyer. I totally recomend her, because she knows her job and helps you with all she cans even the imposibles. Thank you Carolina
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Response from Carolina Ramos June 25, 2014
Mil gracias! Siempre la deseo lo mejor! Fue un privilegio a representarla!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Executive Director & Managing Attorney
  • Justicia Digna
  • 2023 - Present
  • Owner & Managing Attorney
  • Immigration Law Office of Carolina Martín Ramos
  • 2020 - Present
  • Co-Executive Director & Legal Director
  • Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim
  • 2021 - 2023
  • Director of Programs and Advocacy
  • Centro Legal de La Raza
  • 2019 - 2021
  • Supervising Attorney
  • American Bar Association Immigration Justice Project
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Director, Family Reunification Project
  • Al Otro Lado
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Immigration Attorney
  • Amezola Legal Group, APC
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Asylum Officer
  • Refugee, Asylum and International Operations (RAIO) of United States Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Director, Victims of Crime Program
  • Casa Cornelia Law Center
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Director of Human Trafficking Program
  • Casa Cornelia Law Center
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Attorney at Law
  • Immigration Law Office of Carolina Martin Ramos
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Asst. Public Defender, Serious Violent Felonies
  • Law Offices of the Public Defender
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Owner & Managing Attorney
  • Justicia Digna, LLC
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Attorney of Counsel
  • John Lawit, P.C.
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Managing Attorney Family Based Immigration Division
  • Law Office of John W. Lawit
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Immigration Attorney
  • Law Office of Emilio J. Huerta
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • State of New Mexico Public Defender Department
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Educator
  • Whittier City School District
  • 1999 - 2005
  • Educator
  • Montebello Unified School District
  • 1997 - 1999
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Education

  • University of New Mexico School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009

Sample of Legal Cases

  • “MS. L.; et al., Petitioners–Plaintiffs, v. U.S. ("ICE"); et al., 310 F. Supp. 3d 1133, (S.D. Cal. 2018).
  • Still pending
  • Aleman Gonzalez v. Barr, 955 F.3d 762 (9th Cir. 2020).
  • Pending before US SCOTUS
  • Dundon v. Kirchmeier
  • Pending
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Associations

  • Congreso Nacional de Los Pueblos Indigenas en La Diaspora
  • Ancestral Authority
  • 2023 - Present
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2023 - Present
  • Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC)
  • Board Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Member, Red Owl Legal Collective/Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC), National Lawyers Guild (NLG), Volunteer Attorney at Oceti Sakowin, Standing Rock Sioux Nation (2017).
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • San Diego North County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Indian Law Section, NM State Bar Assoc.
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association (NMHBA)
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Kern County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • New Mexico Bar Association, Immigration Section
  • Current Chair & Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Indian Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • International Law Students' Association
  • Vice President
  • 2007 - 2008
  • National Native American Law Students Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Mandarin

Honors and Awards

  • Angel of Trafficking
  • Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC)
  • 2018
  • Dean's Award
  • University of New Mexico School of Law
  • 2009

Publications

  • For the Defense, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA)
  • Are Your Clients Disappearing in the Polimigra Abyss?
  • 2011
  • For the Defense, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA)
  • Challenging Bail Determinations for Non-citizens in New Mexico
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Voice of Witness: Amplifying Unheard Voices, Partner Spotlight: An Interview with Centro Legal de la Raza, 2020.
  • Martin Ramos, Carolina. Voice of Witness: Amplifying Unheard Voices, Partner Spotlight: An Interview with Centro Legal de la Raza, 2020.
  • 2020
  • Univision 14, Live Television Interview in Spanish
  • Martin Ramos, Carolina. Univision 14 Area de La Bahia, Abogada de inmigración explica cuáles son los alcances de la visa U y quiénes pueden tramitarla (Immigration Attorney Explains the Benefits of the U Visa and Who May Qualify) September 4, 2019.
  • 2020
  • Undocufunds Are Supporting Immigrants When the Government Won’t, Ray Leyva-Uyeda, Talk Poverty, June 18, 2020.
  • Martin Ramos, Carolina. Undocufunds Are Supporting Immigrants When the Government Won’t, Ray Leyva-Uyeda, Talk Poverty, June 18, 2020.
  • 2020
  • The Border is Here
  • Speaker, Project Peace East Bay - Speaker Series, Immigration & Human Rights
  • 2020
  • Low-income and Undocumented Immigrants Struggle Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, July 6, 2020.
  • Martin Ramos, Carolina. NPR, PBS, KQED, Michael Krasny, Low-income and Undocumented Immigrants Struggle Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, July 6, 2020.
  • 2020
  • Latinx Commencement Ceremony
  • Keynote Speaker, American River College, Latinx Commencement Ceremony
  • 2020
  • Alameda County Advisory Council
  • Policing Alternatives, RAHEEM & Alameda County Advisory Council
  • 2020
  • "Introduction to Representing Asylum Cases in Immigration Court" (Adela Mason & Carolina Martin Ramos)
  • Asylum Law & Procedure
  • 2020
  • YR Media, Radio Interview
  • Martin Ramos, Carolina. Deportation Fears Trigger Anxiety and Sleep Problems for Latinx Teens, Nina Roehl, YR Media, July 16, 2019.
  • 2019
  • Television Interview, Fear of ICE Raids Sparks Fear, Activism Among Bay Area Immigrant Communities
  • Martin Ramos, Carolina. “More Than Anything, It’s Just Really Exhausting”: Fear of ICE Raids Sparks Fear, Activism Among Bay Area Immigrant Communities. The Mercury News, July 11, 2019.
  • 2019
  • Multiple University of San Diego (USD) Events from 2015 to Present
  • University of San Diego (USD), Multiple presentations on immigration law, asylum, and human trafficking (2015 - 2019).
  • 2019
  • KRON, Television Interview,
  • Martin Ramos, Carolina. “Thousands Living in Limbo Awaiting Planned ICE Raids, Deportations,” KRON 4 Bay Area, June 24, 2019.
  • 2019
  • Intersections: Art & Law at the Border
  • Intersections: Art & Law at the Border, ''Artistic Interventions Across the Border"
  • 2019
  • How to Support Asylum Seekers Locally
  • Indivisible East Bay, How to Support Asylum Seekers Locally
  • 2019
  • How Three Cities Tackled ICE Raids, YR Media, July 18, 2019.
  • Martin Ramos, Carolina. How Three Cities Tackled ICE Raids, YR Media, July 18, 2019.
  • 2019
  • Centro Legal de la Raza, 50th Anniversary Gala, Oakland, CA
  • Speaker & Presenter of the Spirit Award to Cristhian Pineda Diaz
  • 2019
  • Alameda County Rapid Response Network
  • Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership (ACILEP)(2019-2020)
  • 2019
  • "Introduction to Representing Asylum Cases in Immigration Court"
  • Presenter & Facilitator, San Diego County Bar Association, MCLE
  • 2019
  • Television Interview in Spanish, Telemundo, San Diego, CA
  • Martin Ramos, Carolina. Telemundo 20 San Diego, Exigen a ciudades del norte del condado que cesen colaboración con ICE (Demands for North County Cities to Cease Collaboration with ICE), March 21, 2018.
  • 2018
  • San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN)
  • San Diego Rapid Response Network (2018-2019)
  • 2018
  • Human Trafficking Task Force
  • San Diego Lawyers Club, Human Trafficking Task Force (2015-2017)
  • 2017
  • Human Trafficking For Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Speaker, Human Trafficking, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Summer Stephan, & Carolina Martin Ramos
  • 2017
  • High Risk Team
  • High Risk Team, San Diego County District Attorney's Office, Vista, CA
  • 2017
  • California Women Lawyers Annual Conference
  • The Laws & Challenges of Human Trafficking, (Jamie Quient, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Summer Stephan, & Carolina Martin Ramos).
  • 2017
  • Human Trafficking, Awareness Rally, Congresswoman Susan Davis, CA Senator, Toni G. Atkins
  • Speaker, Junior League of San Diego, CA, Human Trafficking, Awareness Rally, Congresswoman Susan Davis, CA Senator & Former Speaker of the California State Assembly, Toni G. Atkins
  • 2016
  • CA State Assembly Democratic Policy Summit
  • Speaker, California's Human Trafficking Crisis: Scope and Solutions Panel
  • 2016
  • Immigration Law & Human Trafficking, Radio Interview
  • Martin Ramos, Carolina. Voces Hispanas, September 10, 2015.
  • 2015
  • Criminal & Immigration Issues For Detained Aliens in Proceedings, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Speaker, Criminal & Immigration Issues For Detained Aliens in Proceedings, San Diego County Bar Association, Carolina Martin Ramos & Andrew Nietor.
  • 2015
  • Criminal Issues in Immigration
  • Developments in Case Law Related to "Crimmigration" with Dan Kesselbrenner
  • 2013
  • DIA Training on DACA
  • Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • 2012
  • The Border: Closer to Home than You Think, Conference Las Vegas, New Mexico, October 2011
  • Immigration & Law Enforcement
  • 2011
  • Immigration Truth & Consequences
  • Immigration Consequences: Controlled Substances & DUI
  • 2011
  • Immigration Law CLE, New Mexico Bar Association, October 2011
  • Representing the Foreign National: Issues in Professionalism
  • 2011
  • Immigration Symposium: Dispelling Myths and Raising Awareness
  • Human Rights & Anti-Trafficking Legislation
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
Endorse Carolina
Immigration Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carolina Martin Ramos has a long history of supporting the immigrant communities in New Mexico and California. She is smart, compassionate, and a fierce advocate for her clients. She is the first person I would turn to with an immigration issue."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carolina is a great immigration and criminal defense attorney. She is knowledgeable, creative, dedicated, and most of all, she is a passionate advocate."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Carolina Ramos. Very knowledgeable and multilingual. What else you can ask from your immigration lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Carolina is very passionate attorney who not only works for her clients diligently, but cares deeply for the cause of immigration itself. Very effective immigration attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carolina brings compassion to her practice and makes her stand out among immigration attorneys."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Ramos is an excellent attorney who advocates zealously for her clients. I have discussed various issues related to immigration and criminal law with Attorney Ramos. A true professional."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Carolina Martin Ramos is a consummate professional. I had the privilege of working with her a year ago and found her to be a dedicated and passionate advocate for her clients. Her work is among the best in the legal profession and I would personally trust her with my most important clients. If you are reading this, you do not need to look any further because you found the best."
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San Diego Immigration Lawyer Carolina Martin Ramos
Carolina Martin Ramos
Immigration Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 14 years