Claudia Cubas, Esq.
Claudia joined CAIR Coalition in 2011. She manages and coordinates litigation across all three programs at the organization involving issues related to access to justice, detention, and eligibility for relief for children and adults who are detained by ICE within the jurisdiction of the Fourth Circuit. Through her leadership, legal services to detained adults has grown increasing the number of jails we visit and cases we refer or represent on a pro bono basis. She believes that representation is the key to helping detained immigrants avail themselves of their rights in detention and succeed in gaining relief from removal. She has spearheaded the organizations’ development of pilot representation projects in Maryland and hopes to do the same in Virginia.
She has mentored countless trial and appellate immigration cases over the years before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, including those involving issues related immigration classification of criminal convictions. She has played a pivotal role in the legal strategy behind all of CAIR Coalition’s major pro bono case wins at the Fourth Circuit challenging the removability classification of criminal convictions, including Omargharib v. Holder, 775 F.3d 192 (4th Cir. 2014); Etienne v. Lynch, 813 F.3d 135 (4th Cir. 2015); Sotnikau v. Lynch, 846 F.3d 731 (4th Cir. 2017); and Castendet-Lewis v. Sessions, 855 F.3d 253 (4th Cir. 2017).
Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Claudia worked as an immigration attorney at a private law office and at the Central American Resource Center in Washington, D.C. Due to this background, she has a broad-based understanding of all aspects of removal defense work. Claudia has a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and a J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the U.S. District Courts Maryland and is a native Spanish speaker.