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Sidra Vitale*
Contact Information

svitale@nesl.edu

Sidra Vitale*

Instructor of Legal Writing

Education

JD New England Law | Boston, BS University of California

Professional Background

Sidra Vitale, Esq. practices immigration law with a focus on immigrant visas based on family connections, U and T visas for immigrant victims of crimes or human trafficking, adjustment of status, removal defense, including cancellation of removal and asylum, as well as temporary protected status, special immigrant juvenile status, deferred action (including DACA or “Dream Act” cases and DAPA), prosecutorial discretion, and protection for abused immigrant spouses under the Violence Against Women Act. Vitale also provides bro bono legal services through Kids in Need of Defense and the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project. In 2008 she was honored as 'Pro Bono Advocate of the Year' by the environmental and social justice organization, Alternatives for Community and Environment. She has served as an intern with the Executive Office of Environmental and Energy Affairs, the American Wind Energy Association, and the Environmental Protection Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, as well as Lead Article Editor for the New England Journal on Civil and Criminal Confinement.

Before pursuing law, Vitale gained over a decade of experience as a software engineer, and worked on in-vehicle GPS navigation systems, long before smartphones and Google Maps became popular, she notes. Vitale is currently a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and before the First Circuit Court of Appeals.