About

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Becca began her legal career in Baltimore as a clerk with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. After a short stint at a private firm, she joined the U.S. Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney, later transitioning to the Department of  Homeland Security.  In her government roles, she became both an immigration expert as well as an expert in human trafficking through her work with the Blue Campaign.

Throughout her professional career, Becca continued her volunteer work in support of survivors of inter family violence.  Beginning by taking overnight hotline calls, she continues to take pro bono protective order cases through the DC Bar Association.  Her work on protective order cases as well as with pro bono immigration cases (including a trip to Juarez to aid migrants still in Mexico) has earned her a position on the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll for the past two years.

Working with Delegate Ebersole, Becca introduced a bill to require human trafficking awareness training for commercial drivers license students, which passed in 2019.  She has also assisted the Maryland legislature in several immigration related bills including guardianship law revisions, probation before judgment law revisions, and fiscal support for low cost legal providers.

Becca currently serves on the Board of Directors for her HOA (Emerson), as an at-large Board member of the Howard County branch of the NAACP as well as co-chair of the Legal Redress committee, and as logistics coordinator for Howard County Pride.  She also is a leader of the statewide progressive group, Together We Will.

She served as the leader for the Howard County Out of the Darkness Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for many years and continues to run an annual fundraiser to support mental health research and stigma reduction efforts.  She also previously served on the NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland board of directors and has worked on several local and Maryland Democratic campaigns.

Becca graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000 (Go Heels!) and Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2003.

She resides in the Emerson neighborhood of North Laurel with her veteran husband, Gabriel (go Navy!); children, Alyssa and

Joshua; as well as more cats than intended.

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Resume

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Education

Washington University in St. Louis (2000-2003)

J.D., M.A. in European Studies

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1996-2000)

B.A. in International Studies, minor in Russian language

Experience

Elpis Legal LLC (2020-present)

Represent immigrants and their families before the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to secure benefits.  Clients include asylum seekers; survivors of human trafficking, domestic abuse, and other crimes; children brought to the United States as minors; and visa applicants eligible through family or work relationships.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) (2018-2020)

Represent unaccompanied minors to secure immigration benefits. Mentor and teach volunteer attorneys about how to represent kids in immigration court.  Educate and inform the immigrant community regarding available benefits. Recruit other attorneys to assist immigrant children.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2008-2017)

Directed outreach efforts for the Blue Campaign, DHS's coordinated effort to combat human trafficking.  Provided training and information to state Attorney General offices across the country, federal government authorities in the executive and legislative branches, and private entities working to combat trafficking.  Specifically focused on the intersection of human trafficking and native populations, participating in the NCAI (National Congress of American Indians) conference as an invited speaker.

Adjudicated appeals of immigration petition denials.  Served as a supervisor of officers adjudicating first line immigration petitions. Provided mentoring and training for new officers, created a file tracking system to insure that files continue to move through the adjudication process in a timely manner.

The U.S. Department of Justice (2006-2008)

Represented the U.S. Attorney General in federal Courts of Appeal across the country.  Prepared written briefs, participated in mediation, and conducted oral argument on issues raised on appeal after denial of an immigration petition.

Maryland Court of Special Appeals (2003-2004)

Clerked for the Honorable Ellen Hollander, now serving as a (retired) federal judge for the State of Maryland.  Prepared materials for the Judge regarding cases across the State involving issues from criminal matters to commercial matters to property disputes.

Current Appointments

Emerson Community HOA Board, Secretary

Howard County Pride, Logistics Coordinator

Howard County NAACP, At-Large Board Member

MSBA, Immigration Section Council, Legislative Liaison

Previous Appointments

Howard County Chair, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Served as the lead or co-lead of Howard County's annual Out of the Darkness Walk to raise awareness and funding for suicide prevention efforts.  Supported a community suffering from mental illness (either past or present) and their loved ones.

NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland Board Member

Supported the organization leading the effort to defend, expand, and protect reproductive freedom in the state of Maryland including by engaging in advocacy efforts in Annapolis. Chaired the Chocolate Gala efforts as the organization's main annual fundraiser.

Howard County Public School System Policy 1070 Committee

Served at the invitation of the school system to rewrite and revise Policy 1070 concerning immigrants and children with immigrants within the Howard County public school system to guarantee that discrimination against anyone based on immigration status is not tolerated.

JCRC, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Working Group

Worked with the Jewish Community Relations Council to craft a survey for Howard County Public School students and their parents as well as Jewish community leaders regarding antisemitism experienced in the County and schools.  Crafted a summary of responses for presentation to HCPSS representatives and the JCRC leadership to raise awareness and advocate for education surrounding antisemitism and anti-Zionism.

Luminus (formerly FIRN), Vice Chair of the Board

Led the organization through an Executive Director change. Oversaw the operations of the organization serving immigrants in Howard County and throughout the State.