Brief History

Aileen Josephs has worked for over twenty years in Palm Beach County as an attorney focusing primarily on immigration, nationality and consular law. During these years, she has represented thousands of immigrants and has defended the civil and human rights of many of them.

Born in Mexico City, Mexico, from a Venezuelan mother and an U.S. born father whose parents escaped Poland before the Holocaust, Aileen had the privilege of attending Brandeis University, in Waltham, Massachusetts where her interest in immigration policy developed working with Salvadorian refugees in Waltham, MA. She wrote her thesis under the mentoring of renowned Prof. Lawrence Fuchs, titled: “The need for a statutory type of safe-haven for Nationals escaping generalized conditions of civil strife”, studying the case of Salvadorian immigrants to the United States in the 1980’s. With this thesis, Attorney Josephs receives the Martin Lester Award in Legal Studies from Brandeis University and graduates Cum laude with High Honors in 1986 from this prestigious University majoring in Sociology, Latin American Studies and legal studies.

Studies & Experience

Aileen studied law at Boston College Law School, were she was involved with the Holocaust/Human Rights Research project and graduated from Boston College Law School in 1990 . Since then, she has worked in the immigration law field. Ms. Josephs began her career in New York City, working for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and after moving to Palm Beach County in 1992 with her husband began working for Florida Rural Legal Services, in Lake Worth, Florida. It is with Florida Rural Legal Services that Attorney Josephs began working with the great number of Guatemalan nationals that began arriving to this County in the 1980’s.

In 1994, Aileen opens her own law practice and has been recognized with many awards for her work with abandoned, abused and/or neglected Guatemalan and Haitian children in Florida. Aileen has helped over 40 children by filing dependency petitions in juvenile court and thereafter, via Special Immigrant Law provisions set out in our immigration laws, obtain their Legal Permanent Resident status. It is because of this work, that Aileen is awarded in 2005 the Pro Bono award for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit by the Florida Bar.

Aileen has protected the civil and human rights of many children that arrive to the United States under great vulnerability. Aileen, received national attention for the work in defending the rights of a Guatemalan girl, victim of gender persecution, whose civil and human rights were trampled on by local authorities that had no interest in knowing her story-before they severely judged her www.victimgenderpersecution.com This case resulted in a complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, which resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding with the Lake Worth police Department, in which this Department has to adequately attend language needs.

From 2001 to 2009 Aileen Josephs was a member of the Palm Beach County Board of the American Jewish Committee, www.ajc.org and organization that is dedicated, among other things to inter-group understanding. From May 2005-2007 Aileen served on the National Board of the Latino and Latin American Institute of the AJC. Attorney Josephs sat on the Board of the Maya Ministry Diocese of Palm Beach County, www.mayaministry.org and on the Board of the El Sol Jupiter Resource Center, www.friendsofelsol.com. Presently, Aileen is a commissioner for the Allegany Franciscan Foundation. www.afmfl.org

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Honorary Consul of Guatemala

Certificate of Consul Honoraria de Guatemala

In September 2006 and February 2007, Aileen helped Mima Foundation (a medical group that does medical missions to Bolivia) make their first medical mission to Chimaltenango, Guatemala www.mimafoundation.com

In July 2007, Aileen organized with the Center for International Migration and Integration www.cimi.org.il, the Palm Beach County Jewish Federation, Florida Atlantic University and the Guatemalan Consulate in Miami, a workshop geared to Guatemalan leaders titled: “Guatemalans in Partnership for Development”.

That same July 2007, Aileen is named Honorary Consul of Guatemala in Palm Beach County by the Guatemalan Government. The ceremony took place in the Guatemalan Consulate in Miami, Florida and bestowed this honor by the General Consul, Beatriz Illescas Putzeys. www.consulhonorariaguatemala.com

Since then, Aileen has been promoting workshops with the Guatemalan Diaspora to promote transnational projects for development as a way to attend the root causes of migration. Aileen has also been co chair, since 2009 of Florida Voices for Immigration Reform acting as a bridge between both parties so that Congress can enact sensible immigration reform. www.fvirpbc.com

advocating, helping the community

Activist

Aileen Josephs has worked for over twenty years in Palm Beach County as an attorney focusing primarily on immigration, nationality and consular law. During these years, she has represented thousands of immigrants and has defended the civil and human rights of many of them.

Las Rosas de Concepcion

Las Rosas de Concepcion is an initiative to help Mayan womens cooperatives in Concepcion Chiquirichapa, Guatemala, design products and find markets for them.

The women of the cooperatives are true artists, who have a tradition of making beautiful embroidered “typical” outfits. Their signature is roses. Thus the name: Las Rosas de Concepcion. The roses of Concepcion.

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Florida Voices for Immigration Reform - FVIR Palm Beach County

This Coalition's mission is to secure Sensible Immigration Reform (SIR), striking a balance among the security and the economic needs of our nation and basic human rights to support a path for millions of undocumented immigrants and their children to achieve legal residency in the United States.

Visit our website, Florida Voices for Immigration Reform

Honorary Consul of Guatemala

The mission of the Honorary Consul’s of Guatemala to Palm Beach County is to protect and defend the rights of Guatemalans as well as to help them integrate into the United States culture while maintaining their rich cultural heritage.

Visit our website, Honorary Consul of Guatemala

Victim Gender Persecution

Aileen has protected the civil and human rights of many children that arrive to the United States under great vulnerability. Aileen, received national attention for the work in defending the rights of a Guatemalan girl, victim of gender persecution, whose civil and human rights were trampled on by local authorities that had no interest in knowing her story-before they severely judged her.

Visit our website, Victim Gender Persecution