During law school, Mr. Findaro had the opportunity to intern with the New York District Counsel Office of the Department of Homeland Security where he was able to successfully argue cases in Immigration Court and the Wackenhut Detention Center in Queens.
Mr. Findaro brings over ten years experience in practicing immigration and family law to the Palacios Law Group, and has represented hundreds of immigrants before the immigration courts, ICE, and DHS. He has served the immigrant community in virtually all areas of immigration law. His expertise includes, but is not limited to Removal Defense, Family and Employment Based Permanent Residence, Humanitarian Visas (VAWA and U-Visa), Asylum, TPS (Temporary Protected Status), Citizenship and Naturalization, Non-Immigrant Visas, and Detainee Cases.
Perhaps Mr. Findaro’s most noted accomplishment is successfully arguing an asylum case on appeal in the Dallas Immigration Court, in which the Immigration Judge vacated the findings of the asylum officer that his detained client was not credible in his asylum claim.
Prior to joining the Palacios Law Group, Mr. Findaro worked for over two years as a Staff Attorney and Justice AmeriCorps fellow for CARECEN (Central American Refugee Center) on Long Island where he represented unaccompanied migrant children from Central America in family court and immigration court proceedings. In this capacity, Mr. Findaro successfully terminated proceedings against immigrant children and helped them to adjust status.
In previous attorney positions with Legal Aid and the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (“the Safe Center LI”), Mr. Findaro successfully represented low-income clients in immigration, family, and matrimonial court proceedings. While working in these positions, Mr. Findaro acquired extensive experience working with immigrant victims of domestic violence and crime.
While working for Brandes and Associates, Mr. Findaro also worked on employment based petitions and helped secure visas for foreign nationals of “extraordinary ability” in the arts.
Mr. Findaro cares deeply for all immigrants who flee their native countries and come to the United States seeking refuge from gang violence, poverty, and injustice. For this reason, Mr. Findaro has done a considerable amount of pro bono work over the years for organizations such as Safe Passage Project where he has worked with unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings. He has also volunteered for Cuny Citizenship Day that provides free citizenship legal services to low income immigrants.
Mr. Findaro is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the only national organization for immigration attorneys. Mr. Findaro has been a recipient of the Berger Scholarship from AILA to attend national conferences in Vancouver, and San Diego because of his work with the refugees and low-income immigrants in his community.
In his free time, Mr. Findaro enjoys travel, sporting events, the beach, swimming, the theatre, and museums.