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KELLY ENGEL WELLS, IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY

Kelly focuses on representing detained adults facing removal. Prior to joining Dolores Street Community Services, Kelly was the supervising attorney of the Unaccompanied Minors Program at Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services in El Paso, Texas, which serves the legal needs of unaccompanied minors detained in or released from government shelters throughout the West Texas/New Mexico region. Kelly has also helped to organize city-wide efforts in New York City to provide asylum screenings to unrepresented respondents in immigration court, and, before law school, served migrant communities in the U.S. and Latin America as an educator, organizer, and policy researcher. Kelly graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2011 and received her B.A. in Comparative Literature with Honors in Latin American Studies from Stanford University in 2005.

Kelly believes that immigration detention and the destruction of families is a form of state-sponsored violence, and she firmly opposes all efforts to criminalize and incarcerate communities of color. 

Kelly speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Kelly is licensed to practice law in Texas and New York, as well as before immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals nationwide.