Immigrants First - Lisa Jonhson-Firth Bio

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Lisa Johnson-Firth, Esq.

Ms. Johnson-Firth is the principal of Immigrants First. She has been practicing immigration law exclusively since 2001 after winning asylum for a young mother from Turkey who was horribly abused by her husband and faced death if she was deported.  Ms. Johnson-Firth has developed expertise in removal defense, waivers, family-based adjustment, asylum and Convention Against Torture claims, naturalization, U and T visas, and Violence Against Women Act petitions.
Ms. Johnson-Firth is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center on the subject of Immigrant Women and Human Rights and she has taught immigration law at George Mason University, and international human rights at Randolph-Macon College.  She is a frequent speaker on immigration law, women issues, international human rights, and human trafficking.

Ms. Johnson-Firth was the Director of Legal Services at Tahirih Justice Center, an organization providing immigration legal representation to immigrant women and children.  She was also the Director of Legal Services at the Institute for Policy Studiesí program Break the Chain Campaign, which represents immigrants who have been trafficked into the United States.

Before her lengthy immigration law career, Ms. Johnson-Firth practiced for seven years at international law firms in the United States and England, where her concentration was in corporate, contract, and intellectual property law.  Ms. Johnson-Firth's experience in rigorous and demanding international law firms honed her legal skills and strategic approach to cases. 

Ms. Johnson-Firth has considerable experience and training in working with severely traumatized persons. She has been trained in mediation, alternative healing, and shamanic practices, all of which allow her to effectively work with clients who have suffered traumatic life events.  Her uniquely compassionate approach often facilitates an open and trusting relationship between herself and her clients that increases opportunities for successful resolution of even the most complex cases.