Monica S. Kinene is a first generation immigrant from Uganda and has first-hand experience with the immigration process. She is extremely passionate about helping other immigrants as they continue their journey in the United States. Upon graduation from law school and passing the Georgia Bar, she worked as an immigration specialist with a refugee resettlement agency. In February, 2011 she launched her solo practice specializing in immigration law, where she has successfully handled all types of family-based immigration petitions, VAWA and U visas, and the recently announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Ms. Kinene is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Georgia – Alabama Chapter, where she currently serves as Chair of the New Members Division. She also served as AILA’s Pro Bono Chair and partnered with the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (AALAC) to coordinate the first annual seminar focused deportation defense. She is the current American Bar Association YLD Liaison to the Commission on Immigration and serves as a Georgia YLD Delegate to the American Bar Association. She is a 2011 recipient of the American Bar Association YLD Solo & Small Practitioners Scholarship.

Ms. Kinene earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Honors Program. She earned her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of the Samaritan and the Bench and Bar Legal Society. She also won first place at the National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) International Negotiations Competition and was an Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Member in Washington, DC.