Karenina graduated from Temple Law in January 2013 and obtained her license to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that same year. She first worked at the boutique immigration firm Corpuz & Archambeault, where she practiced both immigration and family law. She opened her practice in the heart of South Philadelphia in January 2015.
Karenina grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Her father, a small town doctor, taught her everything she knows about being client-centered and truly listening for how she can be of service to each of her clients. Her mother, who is from Guadalajara, Mexico, taught her how to care about people and to genuinely contribute to their lives.
As a psychology student at Haverford College, Karenina developed her interest in social justice and worked at a school for underprivileged children in Bangalore, India. She also perfected her Spanish skills while studying in Madrid, Spain. Karenina frequently visits her family in Mexico and has done service work in El Salvador.
Before law school Karenina worked for two years as a family law paralegal at Philadelphia Legal Assistance handling protection from abuse, custody and child support cases for domestic violence survivors. Throughout her law school career Karenina worked at numerous organizations, including Nationalities Service Center, HIAS, and the Solicitor’s Office of the City of Philadelphia. After volunteering with PhillyVIP for many years, Karenina now spends much of her free time mentoring community organizers and activists.
Karenina is a respected member of the prestigious Cipriani Inn of Court, where she works closely with family law judges, masters and lawyers to improve the quality of our family court system.
Karenina is also a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) where she serves as the Liaison to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. In her role as the PennDOT liaison, she has helped numerous immigrants obtain their drivers licenses, drivers permits and PA state ID’s and frequently supports other immigration lawyers in their efforts to do the same.
Over the years, Karenina has helped hundreds of families successfully resolve their divorce, child custody, child support, protection from abuse and dependency cases.
Offering client-oriented services, Karenina works with you to reach your goals for you and your family. Karenina understands that dealing with family law issues is not easy and strives to make the process as empowering as possible for you.
Karenina has successfully handled numerous immigration cases, particularly those involving both family law and immigration law. In particular, Karenina has received notable success with helping young people obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, as well as family-based applications, such as those based on marriage or for people seeking to bring family members to the United States. She has also successfully handled numerous asylum, citizenship, and deferred action (DACA) applications. She has represented survivors of domestic violence in both their Protection from Abuse cases in family court and in their applications for status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Karenina is known in the community for developing close partnerships with her clients, particularly when they are dealing with trauma. Her work with U Visa applicants who have been the victims of violent crimes has allowed many people to obtain legal permanent residency (green cards) in the U.S.
Karenina has successfully represented many immigrants in their removal (deportation) defense cases, including those who are seeking cancellation of removal, as well as those with criminal histories. She has helped many people get released from detention on bond and prevented many others from being deported, even after they’ve been issued a final order of removal.
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