Laura Flores Bachman is Deputy Director of Legal Programs and Operations for the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration. In this role she supports ABA’s immigration legal services and technical support programs in California and Texas: Immigration Justice Project (IJP), Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA), and South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR).
Prior to joining the ABA, Laura served as Senior Legal Counsel with ASISTA, a national nonprofit organization with the goal of advancing the rights of immigrant survivors of violence. At ASISTA, Laura provided legal and strategy assistance to attorneys nationwide in addition to policy, advocacy and coalition building around solutions to issues faced by immigrant victims of violence.
Laura has over twenty-five years immigration law experience in private, non-profit and academic organizations across the country where her primary focus was representing and advocating on behalf of vulnerable immigrant populations.
Laura is an active member of the Federal Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, serving on various committees and boards of both organizations. She earned her law degree from Suffolk University School of Law in 1996. Laura is licensed in Massachusetts, Texas and Oklahoma and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.