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melanie shapiro

Melanie Shapiro is an experienced immigration lawyer in Massachusetts. She works with clients from all over the U.S. and internationally to help keep their families together, keep them safe, and change their lives It has been an honor for her to develop relationships with her clients, earn their trust, and be a part of their journeys. Her ultimate goal is to see her clients succeed in their lives. Her firm’s slogan is “holistic, compassionate lawyering” and she looks to help her clients with not just their immigration cases, but any other issues that might come up. Melanie’s practice focuses on removal defense, asylum, family petitions, naturalization, special immigration juvenile status, VAWA, U & T visas, appeals and litigation.

Melanie is a Worcester County Bar Advocate for the Committee for Public Counsel representing criminal defendants before the district courts. She is a licensed real estate broker.

Melanie also is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law where she teaches courses on representing survivors of domestic violence and on federal litigation and appeals.

She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Dedham Art Association. Melanie serves as a mentor for AILA, the Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice, and The Education Cooperative. Melanie is a long time partner with the LGBT Asylum Task Force.

Melanie attended Roger Williams University School of Law where she was a Public Interest Scholar.

She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, the Executive Office of Immigration Review, the Federal District Court of Massachusetts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Fifth Circuit.

Melanie speaks Spanish. She enjoys painting, nature, and spending time with her family.

Samia Chandraker, Of Counsel

Samia Chandraker is of counsel with the Law Office of Melanie Shapiro, LLC. She has over 20 years of experience in US immigration law as well as experience overseas in UK immigration law. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Bar, Law Society of England & Wales (renewal pending), the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, and alumni member of the United Nations Leadership Academy. She has specialized experience in healthcare immigration issues involving hospitals, physicians, nurses and scientists, and has provided assistance to the Massachusetts Medical Society’s International Medical Graduates Section with presentations and publications. She also specializes in immigration assistance for elite level athletes, coaches, and artists.

She is currently Law Student Liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association New England Chapter, engaging with the academic community in the region. She also volunteers for the Boston Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, providing advice to residents in Massachusetts.

Samia enjoys creative writing and is currently involved in a number of projects about immigration, including a novel, personal essays, short stories, and a non-fiction book proposal.

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