Cool Careers: What’s it like to be a U.S. immigration lawyer?

March 18, 2019

What does an immigration attorney do and how do you become one?

Welcome to Cool Careers! A new Facebook Live interview series from Britannica Digital Learning.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Simple question, right? At Britannica Digital Learning, we reach over 140 million students in 83 countries around the world—over 30 million in the US alone! So we believe a big part of our job here is to inspire students and ignite their career curiosity, letting them pursue a future that brings them satisfaction, stability, and joy.

With that in mind, we’re excited to invite you to tune in once a month to “Cool Careers,” a brand new Facebook Live interview series from Britannica!

Join us as we meet some awesome people who do incredible things every day and ask them burning questions like: What subjects in school inspired you? Which activities or passions influenced your career path? What is your current job is like and what do you love most about it? What advice you would give to a student who is curious about pursuing a similar path?

This March, meet ManoLasya Perepa, an immigration attorney at Life Span, a non profit organization that serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Resources mentioned in this video:

NPR: When The News Is Scary, What To Say To Kids

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Network To End Domestic Violence


About ManoLasya Perepa

I help survivors gain legal immigration status so that they may leave their abusers in order to work, live, and prosper in the United States. I received my Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in 2017. During my law school career, I was an intern at The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Clinic. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014. During my time in undergrad, I took courses in international security, Latin American culture, women’s rights, and democratic institutions. I had internships at the Department of Defense and the Arms Control, Domestic & International Securities program at UIUC. I also studied abroad and traveled in Ecuador.

Outside of work, my hobbies include baking, re-reading the Harry Potter series for the hundred millionth time, and dancing. I have been practicing Kuchipudi, which is a dance form originating from South India, for the past 18 years.

About Lifespan

Founded in 1978, Life Span provides comprehensive services for women and children, enabling them to live without violence, build upon their strengths and become self-sufficient.

By defining domestic violence as a crime as well as a social problem, Life Span is committed to providing victims of abuse a range of options, including legal services, advocacy and counseling. Life Span’s approach to ending domestic and sexual violence is a nationally recognized model that provides safety, empowerment and a lasting solution. life-span.org


More Cool Careers:

Cool Careers: What’s it like to be a professional chef?

• Cool Careers: What does a media producer do?

• Cool Careers: What does a community organizer do?

• Cool Careers: What’s it like to be an aquarium scuba diver?


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