Ala Amoachi, Esq.
Ala Amoachi focuses her practice exclusively on immigration law. Her passion for immigrants’ rights is inspired by her personal history as the child of a refugee who obtained political asylum status in removal proceedings. In June 2006, Ms. Amoachi graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Subsequently, in May 2009, she obtained her Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law with a concentration in International Law. She is fluent in Spanish.
As a law student, she studied immigration law and was involved with the Political Asylum Clinic and Practicum for two semesters, where she advocated for immigrants applying for political asylum and relief under the Violence against Women Act. Apart from her clinical experience, Ms. Amoachi has years of experience in immigration law, which includes removal defense, family petitions, adjustment of status, political asylum, cancellation of removal, detained and juvenile cases, TPS, NACARA, appeals, and more.
Ms. Amoachi is licensed in New York and the New York federal courts (Eastern and Southern Districts).
Ms. Amoachi’s cases have been published in the New York Law Journal and featured on Telemundo and in the NY Daily News. She prides herself on being part of an innovative firm which is dedicated to the advancement of human rights and is willing to take extraordinary measures to advocate for their clients’ best interests.
Bryan S. Johnson, Esq.
Bryan Johnson holds a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law, where he focused his studies on immigration law. Mr. Johnson was a student advocate at the Hofstra Political Asylum clinic, where he helped several clients win their asylum cases. After graduating from law school, Mr. Johnson spent several months at a bustling long island immigration law firm and decided to open up his own shop so that he could better serve his clients’ interests.
Mr. Johnson graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in history. He wrote his senior honors thesis on the Cristero uprising in Mexico, a Catholic rebellion that almost defeated the Mexican government. He is fluent in Spanish.
Mr. Johnson is passionate in representing his clients and will always try his best to obtain results. In 2011, his client was on the brink of being deported. Mr. Johnson reached out to Telemundo and cnn.com to assist in stopping the client’s deportation. Shortly after his client’s story aired on telemundo, his client was released from detention and given a one year stay of removal.
Mr. Johnson is an avid traveler, having lived in Mexico for several months and visited over 7 countries in Latin America.
Mr. Johnson is recognized as a national expert on defending children from deportation. He has taught immigration law to thousands of immigration lawyers, including at the American Immigration Lawyer Association’s (“AILA”) annual National and New York conferences.
In 2015, Mr. Johnson renounced his AILA membership given its leadership’s failure to even attempt to hold Obama administration officials personally accountable for their responsibility in the commission of child abuse and deprivation of rights crimes against thousands of children from Central America, including several of his children clients.
Mr. Johnson and Ms. Amoachi are working hard to fight back against the Obama administration’s unlawful, unconscionable, and at times criminal efforts to detain and deport vulnerable children and mothers to the war torn countries of Central America.
In July of 2014, Mr. Johnson, aided by Ms. Amoachi, traveled to Washington D.C. with 3 of the firm’s unaccompanied children clients to testify before the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Mr. Johnson and Ms. Amoachi currently represent two families jailed in Artesia, New Mexico, and Karnes City, Texas, on a Pro Bono basis because they are furious at their own government’s unconscionable acts that are harming vulnerable women and children.