CLINIC APPOINTS GEORGIA IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Recognized in the immigration field for her legal experience and abiding commitment to immigrants, Odom brings to CLINIC a vast knowledge of the world of immigration law, including successful litigation in the areas of removal defense, detention, and asylum. For the past year she has been the principal attorney and owner of Odom Immigration Law Group, LLC in
“I am delighted to have hired an executive director of the caliber of Maria Odom. Maria comes to CLINIC with a strong background in providing legal services to the indigent and proven leadership in executive, financial, human resources, and public relations management. She brings a heart for the Catholic Church’s social mission to migrants and their families,” said Most Reverend Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento and chair of CLINIC’s board of directors.
“She has worked for many years in defending and serving immigrants in our nation. I look forward to working with her to continue to promote social justice and the Church’s teachings and fulfill CLINIC’s mission of enhancing and expanding the delivery of immigration services to low-income and vulnerable immigrants,” said Soto.
A native of Puerto Rico, who herself relocated to the United States at the age of 16, Odom began her career at the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) in 1997. She has served in a number of government positions including as counsel for the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). She is a former partner in the known and respected
Odom has been recognized by several business and community groups for her pro bono work on behalf of vulnerable immigrants, particularly children and asylum seekers facing deportation. At the local level, she has served as liaison with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and has previously served as a member of the
“It is an honor to follow Mark Franken and
Odom holds a Juris Doctor from