Angelita Chavez-Halaka is an immigration attorney and Immigration Lead in the Cerritos, California office. She is experienced in family-based petitions, asylum, deportation defense, VAWA and DACA. Prior to joining the firm, Angelita represented pro-bono clients through the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) in Seattle, Washington. She has represented clients in immigration court and also helped clients obtain legal permanent residence and naturalization.
Angelita graduated from the University of Washington and also completed law school at the University of Washington School of Law. In addition to practicing law, she earned her Master’s Degree in Political Science with a research focus on immigration law and policy. She has taught courses on Legal Processes and has lectured on special topics in immigration law and policy.
Angelita can counsel clients on unlawful presence waivers, VAWA, family-based immigration, and naturalization. She is also experienced in employment-based visas such as the H-1B, L1, the PERM process, TN Visas, and complex immigration matters including eligibility for other forms of immigration relief.
Washington State Bar Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
BA & JD, University of Washington
Masters Degree, University of Oregon
PhD Candidate, University of Oregon
Latino/a Educational Achievement Project (LEAP) Advisory, Board Member
Citizenship and Immigration Clinic at Chugh, LLP
OneAmerica Citizenship Day Clinic Volunteer
Attorney Volunteer, CAIR/OCCORD Naturalization Clinics
WSBA Pro-bono Publico Awards 2017
WSBA Pro-bono Publico Award 2014-2015