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Grecia Castro Legal Assistant

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Grecia is a Legal Assistant at our Firm. She is a native Houstonian, born and raised in our great city, and she comes from a family of immigrants. Grecia’s parents immigrated to the United States from El Salvador and they instilled in her the love and compassion for immigrants. She saw first-hand the courage of immigrants in this country, and this inspired her to pursue a career in the field of immigration. She is passionate about helping others, and she is always focused and calm. What makes Grecia different from most legal assistants is her love of writing and her attention to detail, something all our clients are very quick to notice and appreciate. When she is not helping immigrants, Grecia loves spending time with her family, reading, and volunteering at her Church. 

 

By : | June 22, 2021 |

Charlotte Lang Of-Counsel

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Attorney Charlotte Lang is of counsel with Cano Immigration, PLLC.  She is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, and in her over thirty-year career as an attorney, she has appeared in numerous County, State and Appellate Court cases. As someone who has previously handled worksite enforcement cases, before the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, her focus in the Firm is on employment-based and I-9 compliance cases.  

Charlotte worked for twenty years before retiring from the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement where she served as an Assistant Chief Counsel. As an Assistant Chief Counsel for the DHS she appeared before the Executive Office of Immigration Review, in removal and detention proceedings, as well as before the Board of Immigration Appeals.  Also, for a number of years she served as DHS liaison with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Southern District and Eastern District of Texas where she assisted with responses to habeas petitions and civil suits against the agency. 

She graduated from the University of Tulsa with a major in journalism, and later from the University of Houston Law Center obtaining a Doctor of Jurisprudence.  She then became an intern for State District Judge John Martin, of the 2nd 9th District Court of Montgomery County, Texas. During her law school she also worked as a student attorney intern at the Inmate Legal Services office at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  After being licensed, she served there as a staff attorney and later as a supervising staff attorney, where she practiced criminal, immigration and civil law.  

Prior to pursuing a legal career, Charlotte was a social worker handling child protective service cases in Oklahoma and in Texas. She is passionate about helping the most vulnerable and the underserved members in our community, and since retirement from DHS, she has volunteered for the Harris County Public Defender’s office DNA review team. She has also recently handled criminal, family law, and probate cases on a pro bono basis as well.

By : | July 3, 2020 |

Stefanie Bell

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Stefanie is the executive assistant at our Firm. She was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, in Mexico, and immigrated to the United States as a child. She is proud of her heritage and is fluent in English and Spanish. Stefanie has extensive experience in the legal field, stephanieworking previously for some of the top immigration Firms in Texas, and assisting attorneys and clients daily. She is passionate about her work and committed to helping others. Always professional, and with a positive attitude, she is the first person to greet our clients, and her smile is contagious. She is kind and compassionate, and an asset not only to our Firm but to the entire immigration community that we serve.

By : | June 17, 2020 |

Olsa Alikaj-Cano

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Olsa Alikaj-Cano is the principal and founder of Cano Immigration, PLLC. She practices immigration law exclusively and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Born and raised in Albania and experiencing the complicated immigration process first hand, it was natural for her to follow the path of immigration law. Olsa attended the University of Texas at EL Paso graduating with Honors in Political Science and Linguistics. She is fluent in English, Albanian and Spanish. Passionate about human rights and international law she attended the University of Houston Law Center where she served as a student attorney at the Immigration Clinic, representing immigrants before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (the Immigration Court).

Prior to starting her own Firm, Olsa worked as a Senior Attorney and successfully lead the litigation team at one of the largest immigration Firms in the nation, Foster LLP. Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, Top Lawyer, as one of the Top Women in Law in Immigration and in the State of Texas, she focuses her practice primarily on family-based immigration cases, asylum cases, and particularly cases involving federal litigation as well as deportation and removal defense.     

In addition to representing clients before the Executive Office of Immigration Review, Olsa has been admitted to practice before the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the State Bar of Texas, the U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  

Her commitment to immigrants’ rights takes her beyond the Courts however. She is very proud of her active involvement in the community and of her pro-bono work supporting organizations such as KIND, CILA and the Tahirih Justice Center known for their tireless efforts in assisting women and children fleeing persecution from their own countries. Olsa continues to volunteer and helps mentor volunteers who assist unaccompanied minors, and asylum seekers at our borders. 

Recognized for her dedication, in 2016 Olsa was invited by the Mayor of Houston to be part of the Houston Area Council Against Human Trafficking (HACHT) a cause close to her heart. Additionally, she serves as a Board Member for UNICEF USA, Southwest Region; supporting UNICEF’s work with children worldwide and focusing her efforts on programs helping migrant children. 

She continues to be an active member and has held various leadership and liaison positions within the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA), and the AILA Texas Chapter Organization, and is a frequent speaker on their national and international conferences.  Her devotion to the immigration community has taken her to Washington D.C. joining fellow attorneys in advocating for comprehensive immigration reform, and for immigrants’ rights everywhere. 

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS 

  • Texas Super Lawyer 2019, 2020, 2021, Selected by
    Thomson Reuters 
  • Top Women in Immigration 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 as published in Texas Monthly
  • Top Women Attorneys in Texas 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 as published in Texas Monthly 
  • Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star 2016, 2017, 2018, Selected by Thomson Reuters 
  • Houston Area Council Against Human Trafficking HACHT Task Force, Council Member 2016-2018, Invited by the Mayor of the City of Houston
  • Pro Bono Attorney for the Tahirih Justice Center, Houston Texas, 2016-Present
  • Pro Bono Attorney for the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, 2020

LANGUAGES

  • Albanian
  • English
  • Spanish
By : | June 15, 2020 |

Community Service And Advocacy

Cano Immigration is passionate about pro-bono work in the community and Attorney Cano is committed to advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform. Through philanthropy, by volunteering time, or providing pro bono legal services, the Firm continues to support various charitable organizations known for their tireless efforts in assisting refugees, and women and children fleeing persecution from their home countries.

For a list of the organizations and the work that Cano Immigration supports, and if you wish to get involved, please see below:

UNICEF www.unicefusa.org
Tahirih Justice Center http://www.tahirih.org
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) https://supportkind.org/
Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) www.cilacademy.org
American Immigration Counsel (AIC) www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org
Call now to get more details on Community Service and Advocacy: 832.288.2727