Tanisha L. Bowens-McCatty is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and has lived in Miami, Florida and Washington, D.C. She holds a bachelors in Spanish and a minor in English Literature from the University of North Florida. She is also a graduate of the Florida State University College of Law. Tanisha has a love of language and helping the community. She used both her language and community engagement skills while she served as an immigration attorney for several non-profit organizations in South Florida. During this period, she successfully handled complex immigration cases representing vulnerable populations, including women, children, elderly, and the disabled. She handled matters such as asylum, hardship waivers, humanitarian parole, juvenile petitions, and self-petitions before the various immigration agencies. Tanisha relocated to Washington, D.C., where she took up employment with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. While in D.C., she began and coordinated immigration projects related to legalization, program management, immigration enforcement, and pro bono representation for unaccompanied immigrant children. Tanisha joined the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration in October 2013 and as the Associate Director. The Commission on Immigration directs the ABA’s efforts to ensure fair treatment and due process rights for immigrants and asylum-seekers within the United States.