Neha Vyas

Senior Attorney

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Neha VyasNeha Vyas joined Gibbs Houston Pauw in 2006 and has over 15 years of experience in immigration law. She focuses her practice on Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”), U Visas, asylum, family-based immigration, citizenship, and removal defense, including appeals.

Neha is a frequent speaker and presenter at immigration law conferences and continuing legal education seminars.  She has over 15 press and media appearances including interviews on National Public Radio (“NPR”) and quotes in the Seattle Times.  Neha has been involved in legislative efforts for immigrants’ rights by testifying before the State Senate and King County Council and participating in community outreach events.

Prior to joining Gibbs Houston Pauw, Neha was the Legal Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (“NWIRP”) and managed her own immigration practice in Arizona. She also worked at Tucson Ecumenical Council for Legal Assistance (“TECLA”), a non-profit assisting Salvadorans and Guatemalans fleeing their countries’ wars in the 1980’s.

BAR / COURT ADMISSIONS

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

EDUCATION

  • Campbell University School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • University of Carolina, B.A., 1993

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), Active Member
    • Washington Parents’ Committee Co-Chair 2013
    • Washington Chapter Executive Office for Immigration Review (“EOIR”) Committee Member 2013
    • Washington and Oregon Chapter Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) Committee Vice-Chair 2004, Member 2003
  • National Immigration Project, Active Member
  • One America, Citizenship Day, Volunteer Attorney 2012-2013
  • CHAYA, Co-Chair 2006; Board Member 2006-2009
  • Immigrant Families Advocacy Project, Board of Directors 2007-2009
  • Washington State Coalition for Language Access, Member and Lead Organizer 2005-2006
  • Asylum Program of Southern Arizona, Executive Member of Board of Directors 2002
  • Indian Society of Southern Arizona, Board of Directors 2000
  • Kingston’s National Registry of Who’s Who, Life Member

ACHIEVEMENTS  

  • Award for Outstanding Dedication to Battered Immigrant Women, Southeastern Arizona Behavior Health Service, 2001
  • E. Michael Berger Memorial Scholarship, AILA Conference, 1999

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Immigrant Rights” entry in Jeanne Armstrong and James Loucky, Eds., Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Immigration, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, Inc. (2006)
  • “Beyond the Fear: Facing up to the Procedural Challenges in Asylum and Refugee Law,” Speaker Handbook, AILA Northwest Regional Conference (2006)
  • “Immigration Law in the Midst of Family Matters,” CLE materials (2005)

LANGUAGES

  • Hindi
  • Spanish