Historia de Migrants Foundation

En Abril del 2014 nació Migrant Rights Foundation, más adelante se llamaría Migrants Foundation, bajo la dirección del activista de los derechos humanos, político y abogado graduado en Venezuela José «Javier’ Torres. Javier Torres por casi una década organizó y gerenció el programa legal gratuito de inmigración de los Servicios Luteranos de la Florida, la agencia de reasentamiento de refugiados más prestigiosa de los Estados Unidos que presta servicios legales en inmigración a los inmigrantes de bajos recursos, principalmente cubanos, asilados y refugiados. La exposición a procesos complejos de inmigración, así como a la obtención y la administración de recursos del gobierno a través de subvenciones, dejó una profunda huella en Torres, que le hizo más adelante crear Migrants Foundation, esta vez, para servir a una población más amplia, que incluyera a todas las nacionalidades, incluso antes de que tuvieran un estatus legal en los Estados Unidos. Es así como nace Migrants Foundation en el 2014. En el 2014 se incorpora a la Junta Directiva el abogado Paúl Palacios, brindando un invaluable aporte legal a la Fundación. En Mayo del 2015, se nombra una nueva Junta Directiva, dándole la bienvenida al abogado Danny Álvarez Sr, ex-asesor de campaña del Gobernador de la Florida Rick Scott, y quien más adelante ser convertiría en el Hombre Hispano de Tampa 2015. Danny Álvarez sirvió a la vez como representante legal de la Fundación hasta Septiembre del 2016, siendo precedido en sus funciones por la prestigiosa Abogada Oxalis Bianca García. Actualmente y luego de haber atendido a más de un millar de inmigrantes en los últimos cinco años, Migrants Foundation o la Fundación del Inmigrante como se le conoce afectivamente en la comunidad, continúa consolidándose como una de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro con mayor alcance y credibilidad en la comunidad hispana de Tampa; prestando servicios legales de bajo costo en materia de inmigración, a lo largo y ancho de todo el Estado de la Florida y en otros Estados de la unión. Migrants Foundation se ha convertido en una refugio para las víctimas de persecución, los aplicantes de asilo, las víctimas de violencia doméstica, de tráfico humano y de crímenes. Diversas organizaciones de derechos humanos en los Estados Unidos, así como Abogados de diversas áreas de práctica, nos confían sus clientes en búsqueda de servicios legales de gran calidad profesional, indiscutible experiencia y accesibles para personas con limitados recursos económicos.

The purpose of our organization

  1. To identify immigration and human rights issues affecting immigrants and serves as a liaison between them and law enforcement agencies, government agencies, community base organizations, non for profit organizations, resettlement agencies, human rights organizations, educational organizations, immigrant groups, organized minority groups, and public and private entities.
  2. To provide referral, information of resources available in the community and other necessary services to the immigrants.
  3. To promote the dignity of the immigrants and their families through research, education, assistance, direct service and advocacy on immigration, human rights, social services, public benefits and welfare issues.
  4. To educate and encourage activism on immigration and human rights issues.
  5. To assist immigrants in order to prevent discrimination or abrogation of their rights by any private and public agency.
  6. Recruits volunteers, students, paralegals, professionals, lawyers and pro-bono attorneys to assist low income immigrants.

Nuestro equipo

Oxalis Bianca Garcia, Esq.
Oxalis Bianca Garcia, Esq. Legal Representative
Oxalis Bianca Garcia is an United States Citizen and a Licensed Attorney in Puerto Rico, Maryland and Florida. Oxalis is a dynamic legal professional with a record of achievement and demonstrated success. Experience in seeking out and retaining clients. MBA in International Business. Skilled at investigating legal controversies and finding legal solutions, using research resources, such as LEXIS and WESTLAW. Familiar with Abacus, ProLaw, ProDoc and SOS. Solid background in Family Law, Contracts, and Personal Injury, with some experience in Guardianship, Bankruptcy and Immigration. Volunteered as an attorney and mediator for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in Puerto Rico. Organizer for the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association Family Law Forms Clinic. Published author in Puerto Rico. She is currently the Lead Attorney at Migrants Foundation and the Owner/Attorney at Oxalis Law Firm, P.A. in Tampa, Florida.

Professional experience

September 2016 to present – Attorney
Migrants Foundation, Tampa, Florida

July 2016 to present – Owner/Attorney
Oxalis Law Firm, P.A. Tampa, Florida

Focuses on Family and Immigration. Certified Family Law Mediator
Represents clients in the following counties: Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota, Orange and Osceola.
Handles simple to moderate insurance defense cases through trial, arbitration or appeal for client. Provides legal advice and strategy cases, plus provides advice and handle pre-litigation matters.
Prepares legal pleadings, motions, statements, memoranda, trial briefs and other legal documents on cases. Provides legal advice and representation to clients, and appears in court as required. Attend mediations or conduct direct settlement negotiations with plaintiffs’ or defendant’s attorneys regarding cases in suit.
Acquires and applies appropriate knowledge of relevant legal/litigation discipline and handles complex litigation cases. Evaluates case specific legal issues and directs appropriate resources and responses.

October 2014 to July 2016 – Associate Attorney
Byrd & Gonzalez, P.A. Tampa, Florida

Grew the Family Law Department from nothing to full case load (30 cases) in 18months. Brought in over $150,000 in legal Fees during that time.

Develop the Family Law and Immigration department. Attorney of record for Family Law, Criminal Law and Immigration cases. Interview clients and asses their case. Provide legal advise and pursue agreed upon case strategy. Prepare and file with the Court relevant legal documents; Prepare declarations and form complaints. Review and prepare discovery. Represent client at hearings/mediations/Trials. Contact clients. Experience practicing in the following counties: Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota, Orange and Osceola.

January 2014 to September 2014 – Associate Attorney
Law Offices of Paul B. Genet, P.A. Palm Harbor, Florida
Laid Off due to downsizing.
Develop the Immigration/Criminal/Family Law department. Assist with Personal Injury, Bodily Injury and Uninsured Motorist demands. Attorney of record for Immigration, Family Law and Criminal Law cases. Interview clients and asses their case. Provide legal advise and pursue agreed upon case strategy. Prepare and file with the Court relevant legal documents; Prepare declarations and form complaints. Review and prepare discovery. Represent client at hearings/mediations/Trials. Contact clients. Experience practicing in the following counties: Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota, Orange, Osceola and Seminole.

August 2011 to January 2014 – Associate Attorney
Law Offices of Paul B. Genet, P.A. Palm Harbor, Florida
Laid Off due to downsizing.
Develop the Immigration/Criminal/Family Law department. Assist with Personal Injury, Bodily Injury and Uninsured Motorist demands. Attorney of record for Immigration, Family Law and Criminal Law cases. Interview clients and asses their case. Provide legal advise and pursue agreed upon case strategy. Prepare and file with the Court relevant legal documents; Prepare declarations and form complaints. Review and prepare discovery. Represent client at hearings/mediations/Trials. Contact clients. Experience practicing in the following counties: Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota, Orange, Osceola and Seminole.

August 2011 to January 2014 – Associate Attorney
Kaufman, Englett and Lynd, PLLC Tampa, Florida
Summarize legal documents; Perform records and legal research; Verify legal forms for accuracy; Exercise independent judgment in preparing a case strategy; Meet with clients and discuss case strategy. Draft relevant legal documents; Prepare declarations and form complaints. Review and prepare discovery. Represent client at hearings. Contact clients.

December 2010 to August 2011 – Maryland Attorney/ Senior Legal Assistant
Jane E. Carey Law Office, P.A., Orlando, Florida
Responsible for drafting pleadings, scheduling hearings and mediations. Responsible for addressing client’s legal concerns when attorney is not available. Responsible for legal research of complex legal controversies. Exercised independent judgment and implemented business development plans to expand into the Hispanic market. Worked extended hours as dictated by case load. Attended Bankruptcy CLE. Attorney of Record in the State of Maryland for a high profile case. Approved Bankruptcy CLE course.

August 2010 to September 2010 – Bilingual Phone Interviewer
Garcia Law Firm, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Exercised independent judgment and provided authorative advice and guidance in determining and implementing the client’s best defense strategy in lawsuits. Provided accurate legal advice and exercised independent judgment in defending clients at District courts, Circuit Courts and Appellate court levels. Worked extended and unscheduled hours as dictated by caseload. Mediated cases. Negotiated Settlements. Drafted and Proposed a Law Bill.

Nov 2006 to Jul 2009 – Partner Attorney
Garcia Law Firm, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Exercised independent judgment and provided authorative advice and guidance in determining and implementing the client’s best defense strategy in lawsuits. Provided accurate legal advice and exercised independent judgment in defending clients at District courts, Circuit Courts and Appellate court levels. Worked extended and unscheduled hours as dictated by caseload. Mediated cases. Negotiated Settlements. Drafted and Proposed a Law Bill.

Sept 2004 to Oct 2006 – Attorney
Carlos Padin’s Legal Office, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Researched legal issues and controversies using research resources, such as LEXIS and WESTLAW. Analyzed various matters relating to torts claims. Advised on the preparation of legal opinions, memoranda, and other legal documents and statements.

Aug 2004 to Jun 2005 – Legal Internship
Legal Office of the Community, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Interviewed potential clients. Provided accurate legal advice and exercised independent judgment in defending client’s interest. Drafted legal opinions, memoranda, motions, discovery requests and other legal documents and statements. Assisted Attorney of record in Court.

May 2004 to Jul 2004 – Summer Legal Internship
Circuit Court Aguadilla County, Aguadilla, PR
Researched and analyzed complex legal issues for controversial cases for which the law was unclear.

Professional memberships
– Member of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association
– Member of the Canakaris Family Law Inns of Court, Clearwater, FL
– Admitted to and member in good standing of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Law Bar
– Admitted to and member in good standing of the State of Maryland Law Bar
– Admitted to and member in good standing of the State of Florida Law Bar
-Published article in local newspaper for the Puerto Rico Certified Mediators Association
-Published article in journal for Puerto Rico Bar Association, the Jose de Diego Association Delegation of Aguadilla.
Education

Sept. 2011
M.B.A.
American Intercontinental University Online
International Business

Dec. 2005
Juris Doctorate
Interamerican University School of Law, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Law School A.B.A. approved

Jun. 2001
B.S.B.A. Business Administration
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
-Major in Human Resource Management

Paul “Pablo” Palacios, Esq.
Paul “Pablo” Palacios, Esq.Legal Representative / Founder
Abogado enfocado en casos de inmigración de todo tipo. Defensa de deportación, asilo, visas de víctimas de crimen, peticiones de esposas abusadas (VAWA), peticiones de familiares, perdón provisional, visas de fianceés, ciudadanía, y cualquier otro tipo de caso de inmigración.

Practice Areas:
Immigration & Deportation
Intellectual Property, Trademarks and Copyrights

Licensed:
Supreme Court of Florida
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

Legal Memberships:
Florida Bar
DC Bar
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association

Education:
2008-2011: Stetson University College of Law (Gulfport, Fl, Juris Doctorate)
2010-2010: University of Granada (Granada, Spain) Master of Law in Consumer and Enterprise Law
2001-2003: University of Tampa (Tampa, Fl) Masters: MBA, Concentration in International Business and Finance
1990-1993: University of Florida (Gainesville, Fl) Major: Computer Engineering, Minor: Mathematics

Paul also has served on the following boards or positions:
Founder Migrants Foundation
Hillsborough County Special Magistrate, 2013-2014
HYPE Nationals Treasurer
Vice President HYPE Tampa Bay
Vice President, TICH (tichonline.org)
Executive VP, NSHMBA Tampa Bay

Javier Torres
Javier TorresExecutive Director
Jose Javier Torres is a Venezuelan-American citizen, graduated from Law School in 1996 at the Universidad Santa Maria (Venezuela), with advanced studies in International Economic Law and Integration, Certifications in Management of Nonprofit Organizations (University of South Florida – USF) and Emergent Leadership in Politics (Institute for Advanced Studies in Management – IESA).
After extensive training and experience in American Immigration Law and fulfilling all eligibility requirements, he is now preparing to take the Bar examination next July 2019 in order to be admitted as a lawyer in the United States.
In the past twelve years, Jose Javier Torres has been entirely immersed in the immigration area. He worked for seven years at Lutheran Services of Florida as Manager of Legal Services, being the founder for the Free Legal Services Program for Refugees and Asylees.
In April 2014, Jose Javier assumes the Executive Direction of the Foundation of the Migrant Rights Foundation, now Migrants Foundation and served as Manager of Legal Services at Palacios Immigration Law.
Jose Javier currently serves on the boards of several organizations in the area of Tampa Bay, as following: Emeritus President/Founder of Casa Venezuela Tampa Bay, Director of Venezuelan Awareness Foundation, Director of Karry Carrasco Foundation and President of the Venezuelan Suncoast Association-VSA-; and a former Director at TICH and Senior Advisor on Hispanic Youth Voice – VJH.
When he lived in Venezuela, Jose Javier worked for 14 consecutive years in the automotive industry, holding managerial and executive positions at BMW, Ferrari, General Motors, Mitsubishi and Hyundai, among other major corporations. Likewise, from 2002 and until 2006 he was appointed National Coordinator of Peace Judges and a member of the Directive Board of Justice First on the streets for the political party ‘Primero Justicia’.
Being immersed in both sectors, private and nonprofit, Jose Javier has been able to implement a successful formula of management development, leadership and management of any model of public or private organization.
Through his links with prestigious nonprofit organizations in the United States, Jose Javier has been prominent on getting billionaire resources from the Federal Government and State Authority to assist immigrants in need. On several occasions, Jose Javier, along with other community leaders, visited the United States Congress in Washington, DC, to advocate in front of Congressmen and Senators for fair immigration laws that would benefit the Hispanic community.
Known as the Hispanic Advocate, Jose Javier has understood the importance of immigration in the lives of millions of people in this country, and has since focused his career to inform, defend and help Hispanic immigrants, promoting active campaigns for the protection of their rights.
Jose Javier is a leading analyst of the political situation and human rights in Latin America, with emphasis on Venezuela; being an exceptional expert witness to assist in the defense of cases of political persecution and human rights violations.
Roselys Carreno
Roselys CarrenoSupervisor
Veronica Echegaray
Veronica EchegarayLegal Assistant
Maria Eugenia Pacheco
Maria Eugenia Pacheco Legal Assistant
Andrea Carolina Torres
Andrea Carolina TorresResearcher
Juana M. Castillo
Juana M. CastilloAdministration
Gustavo E. Morales
Gustavo E. MoralesInterpreter / Translator