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Janay Louise Farmer

Immigration Attorney at Kent, WA

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 3 years
    New York - NY 12 years
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2020
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2011
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Janay

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Janay Farmer is an associate attorney practicing exclusively immigration law, with a focus on complex removal defense, humanitarian processes, and family-based immigration matters. Ms. Farmer practices before the Department of Homeland Security Executive Office of Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, USCIS, the Superior Court of Washington, and the Department of State. She is admitted to the bars of Washington State, New York State, and the Eastern District of New York.

Ms. Farmer graduated from the University of Washington School of Law. Following law school, Janay worked as an Assistant Professor of Law at Haramaya University School of Law in Ethiopia. Upon returning to the United States, Janay worked and volunteered at numerous human rights and immigration-focused nonprofit organizations in New York City, including MADRE, Girl Rising, Immigration Equality, and the NYC Housing Court, as well as the HIV Law Project at Housing works, where she provided direct immigration and public benefits representation to low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS.

Ms. Farmer joined Hanis Irvine Prothero in June 2019 as an Associate Immigration attorney. She continues to represent French-speaking asylees Pro Bono for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and is a frequent volunteer with the King County Bar Association immigration clinics and Centro Rendu. Ms. Farmer is fluent in French and conversant in Spanish and American Sign Language.


Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC
6703 S. 234th Street
Suite 300
Kent, WA, 98032

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Posted by Kevin | August 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A Trustworthy and Pays Attention to details.
Janay has recently handled my citizenship application. I was really impressed by her efficiency and skills during the whole process. She prepared a thorough application package for me within a short period. She was a very good listener, and highly responsive to any question or concern that I had during the application process. She truly understood the whole application process and made me feel comfortable and confident without any reservation. I would like to recommend her to anyone who is seeking a trustworthy immigration attorney.
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Posted by Daniel | December 13, 2016
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Competent and Compassionate
Janay met my husband when she worked pro-bono for 'Immigration Equality'. She was instrumental in helping my husband apply for (and receive) political asylum - this was due to her skill and concern for my husband as a person and applicant. We have retained Janay to help us through the process of achieving US Citizenship for my husband. It is without compunction that I would recommend Janay to any clients seeking legal advice in the realm of immigration.
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2016
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Citizenship Through Naturalization
After going through the process of becoming a permanent resident and seeing how hard and taxing these immigration procedures can be with request for evidence (RFE), filling out wrong forms, and all the interview questions, I decided to hire a lawyer for my naturalization. I went with Janay Farmer because she has extensive immigration experience, she is knowledgeable and trustworthy. She first walked me through the process and what to expect, and helped me understand the forms. Janay answered all my questions, prepared me for the interview and represented me the day of the interview. Today, I am USA citizen and I would recommend Janay Farmer to anyone as in my case she made the process less stressful.
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  • Pro bono 25 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Hanis Irvine Prothero, PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • Northwest Immigrants Right Project
  • 2016 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • HIV Law Project at Housing Works
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Principal
  • Janay Farmer Law Group
  • 2014 - 2019
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • Immigration Equality
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Human Rights Legal Advocacy Pro Bono Attorney
  • Madre
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • Centre for Civil and Political Rights
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Legal Consultant for NGO Partnerships
  • Girl Rising / 10 x 10
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Assistant Professor of Law
  • Haramaya University College of Law
  • 2011 - 2011
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  • University of Washington School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Matter of JF
  • US Citizenship


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)
  • Asylum Committee Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)
  • Pro Bono Committee Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - 2020
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (New York City Area chapter)
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English
  • Spanish
  • American Sign Language
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
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Immigration Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Janay is extremely knowledgeable about immigration law and she truly cares about her clients. She is meticulous in her representation and always knows even the most obscure areas of the law. We have worked together on cases before and I always trust her judgment and assessment. She is also extremely personable and I can tell that her clients love her. Janay is awesome, and if someone I cared about needed legal advice and I could not do it myself, I would not hesitate to send them to Janay."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I respect Janay for her resourcefulness and her dedication to put her clients in the best position to succeed. Immigration is one of the more complicated areas of law and I trust Janay to do right by anyone I refer to her."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Farmer has extensive experience working on asylum cases. Her passion for serving the immigrant community is admirable. Without hesitation I endorse Attorney Farmer."
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Kent Immigration Lawyer Janay Louise Farmer
Janay Louise Farmer
Immigration Attorney
Kent, WA
Licensed for 12 years