Christina Wilkes is a Partner at Grossman Law, LLC, and an immigration attorney with substantial experience handling family and humanitarian based immigration cases before the US Immigration Service, the Immigration Courts, and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Ms. Wilkes has represented and supervised attorneys handling complex asylum cases on behalf of clients from Benin, Bolivia, Burma, Cameroon, Congo, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mauritania, Rwanda, and Togo, among others. Ms. Wilkes has successfully represented dozens of clients in obtaining crime victim visas and obtaining Lawful Permanent Residency before the Service and the Courts.
Prior to joining Grossman Law in 2012, Ms. Wilkes spent seven years with Ayuda, a non-profit legal and social services organization in Washington, DC, where she founded the organization's Children's Immigration Project in 2005 and then went on to serve as the Legal Director from 2008 until 2012. Ms. Wilkes is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School and Smith College. Ms. Wilkes is fluent in English and Spanish.
- Maryland Court of Appeals (since 2004)
- District of Columbia Bar Court of Appeals (since 2008)
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (since 2014)
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (since 2012)
- Member, AILA-DC Chapter Asylum Office Liaison Committee (2016-17)
- Member, AILA-DC Chapter Baltimore Immigration Court Liaison Commitee (2016-17)
- Chair, AILA-DC Chapter MD Legislative Committee (2015-16)
- Vice-Chair, AILA-DC Chapter CBP Liaison Committee (2013-14)
- Vice-Chair, AILA-DC Chapter MD Legislative Committee (2013-14)
- Maryland State Bar Association (2015 - Present)
- Maryland State Bar Association, Immigration Law Section Council Member (2016 - Present)
- Government-Funded Counsel for Children in Immigration Court?, Maryland Bar Bulletin (August 2016).
- Representing Immigrant Children: Back to the Beginning, Maryland Bar Bulletin (August 2016) (with Rachel Zoghlin).
- New MD Law Protects Immigrant Youth, Maryland Bar Bulletin (August 2014) (with Rachel Zoghlin).
- MD Expands Opportunities for Abused, Undocumented Children, The Huffington Post (Apr. 17, 2014).
- U.N. Recognizes Plight of Slaves in Africa; U.S. Must Do More, The Huffington Post (Dec. 18, 2013).
- Testimony before the DC Council, Committee on Judiciary in support of Strengthening Youth Services and Rehabilitation Amendment Act of 2016, June 2016. Read her testimony here.
- Testimony before the Maryland Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Senate Bill 396, to modify Equity Court Jurisdiction in Custody and Guardianship Petitions for Immigrant Children, February 2014. Read her testimony here.
- Testimony before the Maryland House Judiciary Committee in support of House Bill 315, to modify Equity Court Jurisdiction in Custody and Guardianship Petitions for Immigrant Children, February 2014. Read her testimony here.
- Testimony before the DC Council, Committee on Aging and Community Affairs, in support of the Mayor's Office of Latino Affairs, April 2010.
- Testimony before the DC Council, Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, Metropolitan Police Department Oversight Hearing, March 2010.
- Testimony before the DC Council, Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, in support of the DC Office of Victim's Services, April 2009.
- Immigration & the 2016 Presidential Election, Tech Council of Maryland, June 2016
- Family Based Immigration, District of Columbia Bar Continuing Legal Education Series, May 2016
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Catholic Charities, January 2016
- Humanitarian Immigration, Gender and Child Abuse Asylum Claims, AILA DC Chapter Annual Conference, November 2015
- Model Immigration Court Hearing, AILA DC Chapter & Baltimore Immigration Court, October 2015
- Español Jurídico, Topics in Immigration Law, American University Washington College of Law, October 2014, October 2015
- Webinar: Particular Social Group Asylum Claims, Maryland State Bar Association, September 2015 (A recording of the webinar may be accessed online by MSBA members)
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Catholic Charities, Community Legal Services, and the Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland, September 2015
- Asylum Granted - Case Not Closed, post-Grant Benefits and Processes for Asylum Recipients, AILA National Conference, June 2015
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status,The Office of the Montgomery County Executive & Immigration Legal Services of Catholic Charities, January 2015, July 2016
- Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, AILA - DC Chapter Annual Fall Conference, October 2014
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Foundation, July 2014
- Working with Foreign (Trafficking) Victims, Governor's Conference on Combating Human Sex Trafficking in Maryland, May 2012
- Immigration 101 and Child Welfare and Immigration,14th Annual Maryland Child Abuse and Neglect Dependency Options Conference, Judges and Masters Day, May 2012,
- On Their Own: Annual Unaccompanied Immigrant Children's Annual Conference, Permanency Planning for Immigrant Children, April 2012
- Immigration Options for Immigrant Children, Richmond Department of Social Services, January 2012 (Also Prince George's County, MD International Student Guidance Office May 2010, DC Superior Court Judges December 2009, and DC Office of the Attorney General August 2008)
- Training to Mexican Delegation, Combating Human Trafficking: US Protections for Foreign Trafficking Victims, August 2011
- U Nonimmigrant Visas for Crime Victims, Trainings for Pro Bono Attorneys, January and June 2011
- Immigration 101, Fairfax County Community Forum, May 2010
- Navigating the Road to Naturalization: A Guide for Immigration Attorneys, DC Bar Continuing Legal Education Series, November 2009
- Social Group Strategies: Asylum Based on gang violence, domestic violence, and female genital mutilation, On their Own: Annual Unaccompanied Immigrant Children's Conference, October 2009
- Working with Limited English Proficient Clients, District of Columbia Bar, Training for New Attorneys, October 2009