Passionate And Professional Service In A Caring Atmosphere

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Johna Gray

EXPERIENCE

Lutheran Community Services NW
DOJ Accredited Immigration Representative Sep 2016 – Apr 2020
Immigration CounselorOct 2015 – Sep 2016

  • Provided consultation, intake and assessment for immigration clients
  •  Represented clients in various immigration cases relating to family reunification, adjustment of status, naturalization, travel, work authorization and Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  •  Collected information and evidence from each client in support of applications and in response to USCIS, National Visa Center and embassy requests.
  •  Represented clients in-person at USCIS for family-based adjustment and naturalization cases
  •  Conducted research regarding matters of law, procedure and country conditions.
  •  Tracked case progress on behalf of clients.
  •  Worked with LCSNW Case Managers and Counselors to provide immigration services for clients of the Refugee Resettlement, International Counseling Services and Unaccompanied Minors programs.
  •  Maintained confidential client files.

Refugee Resettlement Case ManagerMay 2015 – Oct. 2015

  • Provided refugee resettlement services to clients located in King and Snohomish counties.
  •  Coordinated provision of core services with anchor relatives both pre and post-arrival.
  •  Completed applications for DSHS benefits, Social Security cards and health care.
  •  Assisted anchor relatives with acquisition of housing, furniture and basic necessities.
  •  Distributed Reception & Place (R&P) funds, per Cooperative Agreement.

Refugee Resettlement Office of Seattle

May 2014 – May 2015
Case Manager/Employment Specialist

  • Provided job development and resettlement services to refugee and SIV clients.
  •  Performed skills assessments, job search and resume assistance.
  •  Secured housing and furniture and conducted 24 hour home visits for new arrivals.
  •  Initiated and provided follow-up for all social service activities/applications.
  •  Enrolled clients into the LEP and/or Match Grant employment programs.

Goodwill Job Training & Education Program

Feb 2013 – May 2014
Case Manager/Employment Specialist

  • Provided case management and employment services to students of the Bellevue Goodwill Job Training and Education Program, including intakes and assessments.
  • Facilitated employment-focused workshops throughout the year.
  • Recruited and enrolled new students, conducted outreach to the community and local employers.
  • Assisted and taught students job search, resume development and interviewing skills.
  •  Completed and tracked applications for public and immigration benefits.

Nalandabodhi Buddhis Temple / Amy Kratz Immigration Attorney

Nov 2011 – Sep 2014
Contract Immigration Paralegal

  •  Assisted temple’s attorney in assembling, tracking and filing R-1 petitions and visa packets, collected information and evidence from applicants, organized temple’s existing files and created database/tracking system for all immigration activities.
  •  Served as on-call paralegal to the office of immigration attorney Amy Kratz providing assistance on family immigration, asylum and DACA cases.

Gary Grotz Law Firm

Jul 2006 – Jan 2011
Immigration Paralegal

  • Met with clients to determine eligibility and file various immigration applications with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the National Visa Center and U.S. embassies.
  •  Assisted clients with petitions and applications relating to family reunification, adjustment of status, naturalization, CRBA, FOIA requests and applications for asylum.
  •  Collected information and evidence from each client upon intake, in support of applications and in response to USCIS, National Visa Center and embassy requests.
  •  Advocated on behalf of clients through the use of various resources, including state senators and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
  •  Conducted research regarding matters of law, procedure and country conditions.

Catholic Community Services Refugee Assistance Program

Nov 2003 – May 2005
Immigration/Resettlement Case Manager

  •  Coordinated the day-to-day operations of immigration services to refugee and immigrant clients of the CCS/AHA Refugee Assistance Program.
  •  Met with clients and filed immigration forms on their behalf.
  •  Served as a liaison and advocate between clients and agencies such as USCIS, DSHS, NVC, Senator Maria Cantwell’s office, and various overseas processing entities.
  • Organized existing resources and files; developed new systems for the program as needed, collected fees and maintained up-to-date legal resources.
  • Helped to connect refugee and asylee clients to local social service providers, including, but not limited to; welfare, food stamps, social security, etc.
  • Identified, secured, and furnished safe, affordable housing for newly-arriving refugee families.
  • Conducted orientation for each new family and their sponsors to acquaint them with the program’s scope and procedures.
  • Provided all aspects of case management to clients with a variety of special medical needs.

EDUCATION & ACCREDITATIONS

Department of Justice
Partial Accreditation, 2016-2020
University of Colorado – Denver, CO
Political Science, 1997-1999