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To our clients and the general immigrant community: Please click HERE for information about the recent presidential election.

“Vulnerable immigrants need advocates more than ever before to defend and protect them. We have a new and renewed mission, and this should propel us forward and give us a new purpose. … Immigration lawyers need to be strategic regarding advising clients to apply for citizenship and travel out of the US.  We will use our legal acumen and every skill to protect our clients and our client’s businesses.  We will be the shield for them against all the hateful anti-immigration rhetoric that is bound to manifest itself even more from his supporters.  We will do what we do best with a renewed sense of purpose. … After 9/11, although we feared the worst, there were no drastic limits or moratoriums due to the resilience and strength of the immigration movement.  11/9 poses yet another grave challenge, but we are ready to brace for the fight to defend immigrants in the age of Trump and xenophobia.  And prevail we must as the cause is righteous and just.”

- Cyrus Mehta, November 10, 2016

Attorney Margaret O’Donnell established Global Law Advocates (GLA) in 2009 in order to live out her principles of compassionate service and legal excellence. She has focused her law practice exclusively in immigration since 1985, and practiced in several law firms and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project before starting her own in 2007.

Over the years, the firm has achieved successful outcomes for many clients, including in complex removal defense cases involving criminal convictions, motions to reopen prior deportation orders and allegations of marriage fraud. Global Law Advocates currently focuses mostly on family-based petitions for legal residence, visas for crime victims, waivers of inadmissibility, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

If you have questions or would like to see if our firm can represent you in your immigration case, please call us at (206) 774-8758, or email us at jvargas@globallawadvocates.com


Friday, January 20th: The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs will host Seattle United for Immigrant and Refugee Families: FREE legal services and information at McCaw Hall in Seattle Center (321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109). Services available include citizenship application assistance (12:00 PM – 3:00 PM), Know Your Rights training sessions (3:00 PM, 5:00 PM, & 7:00 PM), and other legal help (3:00 PM – 6:00 PM). Representatives from the City of Seattle will be offering information on other services available to immigrants and their families as well. Click here for directions, parking information, and more details about services available at the event.

Saturday, February 4th, 3:00 PM: Margaret will give a presentation in Spanish on immigrant rights and current immigration options for the undocumented at Palabra Viviente United Methodist Church (127 112th St SW, Everett, WA 98204). Please let us know if you’d like a copy of our PowerPoint presentation, or if you would like to arrange a presentation at your school, workplace, community organization, or church. You can contact our office at (206) 774-8758 or lbotz@globallawadvocates.com.

Attorney Margaret O’Donnell is also a playwright! Her new play UNDOCUMENTED made its debut at the Burien Actors Theater in August 2016, followed by two October performances at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle and at The Conservatory in Georgetown, Seattle.

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