Laura was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She moved to the United States when she was eight years old. When her family was required to adjust status, an immigration attorney played an important role in guiding her family through the complex process. Her journey to citizenship sparked a desire to become an immigration attorney. Since Laura was thirteen years old, she has volunteered with various Hispanic community-based organizations and has become an advocate for justice and equality among the Hispanic community.
Laura earned her undergraduate degree from Westminster College in Accounting and Communication. While in undergraduate, she was a Service Learning Scholar through AmeriCorps and provided over 450 hours of community service to the Hispanic community in Salt Lake City, Utah. She earned her law degree from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. While in law school, she participated in the Immigration and Criminal clinic and earned a Pro Bono Initiative Certificate for providing over 240 hours of service. One of her favorite pro bono projects included assisting victims of domestic violence and victims of crime file their U-visa petitions with USCIS at Ballard Spahr LLP.
She recently worked for Goldman Sachs in the Financial Crimes Compliance Department as a Senior Analyst. Previously, she worked as a public defender and law clerk in the areas of immigration, family, criminal and personal injury law at Stowell, Crayk and Bown, PLLC.
Laura is a member in good standing of the New Mexico Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Laura is an Aggie wife and a mother of two beautiful kids. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and dancing.