Graciela Flores Méndez was recently welcomed by Jackman and Associates. As a migrant woman of color, Graciela is passionate about practicing immigration and refugee law, gleaned from a wealth of personal experiences. Graciela lived in the United States without status since she was 5 years old and was separated from her family for 10 years after entering Canada. As a result, she practices law with compassion for those who have experienced difficulty and injustice.
Graciela earned a JD with a social justice option from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in 2018 and was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2019. Graciela received her Master of Arts in Socio-Legal Studies from York University in 2010 and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007.
Graciela completed her articles at a union-side labor firm committed to advancing equality and social justice where principal areas of practice included labor, administrative, human rights, and civil law.
As a law clerk, Graciela gained experience in helping to provide legal services to marginalized communities across the GTA. She worked directly with clients and appeared as an agent to counsel in Criminal Court, at the Landlord and Tenant Board, and the Social Benefits Tribunal.
Graciela has experience in a variety of immigration and refugee matters which include applications for temporary residence, permanent residence, and citizenship. She has experience in working on permanent residence and humanitarian and compassionate grounds applications, collecting evidence for refugee claimants to submit to the Immigration and Refugee Board, and completing temporary recidence applications (visitor, study and work permits), citizenship applications, and provincial nominee applications.