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José Pertierra is a Washington, DC attorney, specializing in international law, as well as immigration matters.
Mr. Pertierra has a Master´s Degree in Philosophy from Georgetown University and a J.D. from George Washington University.  Mr. Pertierra was awarded the American Immigration Lawyers Association´s (AILA) National Human Rights Award in 1996, and the Hispanic Democratic Club of Maryland´s Law and Justice Award in 1999. AILA further recognized him in 2001 with a special commendation for his work on behalf of undocumented immigrants.

Aside from representing many Latino immigrants in Washington DC for the past four decades, Mr. Pertierra has also handled several high profile cases.
He represented Juan Miguel González in his battle to return to Cuba with his 7 year old son, Elián.  He also represented Jennifer Harbury in the case of her husband Efraín Bámaca Velásquez–a Guatemalan guerrilla comandante who was disappeared in 1992.  In that case, the OAS ruled that the Guatemalan military had captured, tortured and killed her husband, as well as conspired to cover it up.  Declassified documents from the US government revealed that the Guatemalan colonel who tortured Mr. Bámaca was a CIA source and received $44,000 from the CIA for information he extracted from the prisoner.

Mr. Pertierra also represented the government of Venezuela in its request for the extradition from the US of Luis Posada Carriles to stand trial in Caracas for 73 counts of first degree murder, relating to the downing of a passenger plane.

In 2008, the families of the victims of the downed passenger plane gave him a Commemorative Seal in recognition of his efforts to extradite Posada Carriles, and in 2011 the Union of Journalists in Cuba gave Mr. Pertierra the Félix Elmuza Distinction for a series of articles written about the trial of Posada Carriles in El Paso that were published in Cubadebate (Spanish) and in Counterpunch (English).

Mr. Pertierra is interviewed regularly on CNN, Univision, The Washington Post, La Jornada, Cubavision, Telesur, Radio Habana, Prensa Latina, EFE and other news media outlets.  He has a weekly segment on immigration law on Univisión television in Washington.  He was co-host of a nationally syndicated radio program on the Hispanic Radio Network called Bienvenidos a América.

The Staff

The staff of the Law Office of José Pertierra: Rebecca Seboria — Attorney; Ana Platero — Legal Assistant; Andrés Pertierra — Legal Assistant; and Crystal Romero — Legal Assistant.