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Marcela Sanchinelli

Marcela Villeda Sanchinelli is an Attorney at Grossman Young & Hammond with experience in family-based, employment-based, and criminal-immigration matters. Marcela assists clients with challenging persecutory INTERPOL Red Notices, complex inadmissibility waivers, and humanitarian relief applications, such as asylum, humanitarian parole, and temporary protected status. Moreover, Marcela’s own immigration journey makes her particularly empathetic to the needs of immigrants as her family immigrated to the United States from Guatemala. She is a third-generation attorney, following in the footsteps of her grandfather and father, who served underrepresented communities in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Marcela graduated from the American University Washington College of Law. While in law school, Marcela worked as an Immigration Paralegal at Bravlin PC. In this role, she handled various business immigration matters, such as H-1B specialty occupation visa petitions; PERM (ETA Form 9089) recruitment efforts with managers and high-level company partners, including audit and supervised recruitment responses; and immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for individuals with extraordinary ability.

Marcela is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She is barred in the District of Columbia. She is fluent in Spanish.


  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.
  • B.A., George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, cum laude
  • Major: Sociology, minors: Social Justice and Data Analysis


  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Professional Activities/Pro-Bono Work

  • Volunteer Attorney, Christian Legal Aid of the District of Columbia
  • Volunteer, Project Immigration Justice for Palestinians

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