Brad grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2004. After graduation, he lived in Honduras, Costa Rica, and Mexico where he taught English. In 2005, Brad launched his career in immigration as an AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer in Miami, Florida assisting with refugee relocation. He has gained significant experience working at four immigration law firms and in a law school immigration clinic. Brad’s tasks have exposed him to a diverse array of permanent resident and temporary visa applications. Brad has been selected as a Rising Star in immigration by "Super Lawyers" Magazine each year from 2017 - 2022. Brad is an immigration consultant to the Mexican Consulate in Detroit to provide immigration legal representation for Mexican nationals. Furthermore, Brad volunteers as an immigration consultant to the Washtenaw County Office of the Prosecutor and he served as a Board Member for the Washtenaw County Sheriff, Citizen’s Advisory Board. Brad was the media chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association for the state of Michigan, and he founded the Washtenaw County Bar Association Immigration Law Section. Brad is fluent in Spanish and a graduate of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan.
Loribel Bautista-Caraballo was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico. Her own experience with the immigration process steered her towards immigration law, choosing to work at the immigration clinic during law school and later attaining a Master of Law degree in Immigration and Naturalization Law. She worked for 3 years with the United States Department of Health as a Public Health Advisor for the Hurricane Maria Recovery Mission in Puerto Rico. At Immigration Law PLLC, her tasks include accompanying clients to USCIS interviews and representing clients before the Immigration Court.
Mikelina Fran Gjergj
Mikelina Fran Gjergj was born in Shkoder and raised in Tirane, Albania. She earned her BA in Law and Society with Summa Cum Laude from John Jay College. During her undergraduate years, she was a fellow with the 2019 Ron Moelis Social Innovation Fellowship, a recipient of the Alfred Siegel Scholarship, the founder and inaugural president of the student organization Immigrant Women Justice Alliance, and a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success. In addition, Mikelina served as a volunteer leader with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and worked as an immigration advocate intern at Her Justice. Currently, she is furthering her professional career as an immigration paralegal at Immigration Law, PLLC where she is working on marriage/family members petitions, national visa center petitions, provisional waivers, and DACA. Additionally, Mikelina is conducting research where she studies Albanian women’s perceptions of domestic violence and how those perceptions corrrelate to their help-seeking behaviors. She plans to pursue a law degree, and simultaneously a PhD in Sociology. Mikelina sees herself advocating on behalf of immigrant women and teaching and lawyering for gender justice..
Alex was born in the Washington, D.C. area, where he grew up with friends from countries across the world. He moved with his family to Michigan in 2016, continuing to build relationships with people from many different nations. Alex has an A.A.S in Paralegal Studies, a B.A. in Spanish, and an M.Div. In our office, Alex works on a wide variety of different immigration cases, including family-based green card applications in and outside the U.S., work and travel permits, DACA renewals, waivers, U visas, citizenship applications, and immigration court cases.
Rachel grew up in southeast Michigan, and is a spring 2022 graduate of the University of Michigan. She received high distinction, and has a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science and International Studies with a focus in public health in the Caribbean. In the past, her professional life has largely revolved around civil rights activism, including work on several political campaigns and initiatives in Ann Arbor. In addition to working at Immigration Law PLLC, she is currently working to improve her Spanish skills and preparing to attend law school in Fall 2023. Rachel started working at Immigration Law PLLC as an intern in Summer 2021, and now works as a staff member writing hardship waivers.
Ben Frey grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with Honors and Spanish from the University of Michigan. Additionally, he holds a Master's Degree in Translation and Interpreting from New York University, and it is thanks to these studies, along with nearly three years of living in Spanish-speaking countries such as Ecuador and Mexico, that Ben has become fluent in Spanish and gained significant French fluency. Much of his scholarly and professional work has been social-work adjacent and focused on issues facing vulnerable populations. Ben deeply enjoys putting his language skills to work with purpose-driven organizations, andhe has been primarily professionally involved in linguistic pursuits such as English as a Second Language (ESL) education, translation, and interpreting. Hebegan working in the immigration legal field with a Quito-based law firm, where he was responsible for I-601A inadmissibility waivers and FOIA requests. At Immigration Law PLLC, Ben handles various cases, including marriage petitions, hardship waivers, work permits, and immigration court applications. Outside of the office, Ben enjoys reading, exercising, traveling, and coaching the Skyline High School Crew Team in Ann Arbor.