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Could proposed U.S. law end abuse of Interpol red notices?, Ahval, September 9, 2019. (Sandra Grossman mentioned)

Hiring Is Very Hard for Restaurants These Days. Now They May Have to Fire.., The New York Times, August 23, 2019 (Becki Young quoted).

Scientific research is collateral damage as US-China relationship hits the rocks, The Straights TimesJune 6, 3019. (Becki Young quoted)

How to Respond to Social Security No-Match Letters, SHRM, May 15, 2019 (Becki Young quoted).

Social Security No-Match Letters Worry Immigrants, Bosses, Bloomberg Law, May 7, 2019 (Becki Young quoted).

Trump's H-1B work visa plan cuts employers' costs, not criticism,, February 6, 2019. (Becki Young quoted)

H-1B Visa Lottery System Reversed, SHRM, January 31, 2019. (Becki Young quoted)

H-1B Rule Rollout Leaves Time To Work Out Kinks Time To Work Out Kinks, Law 360, January 31, 2019. (Becki Young quoted)

The Current State of U.S. Immigration Law and Policy, Inside Washington on Middle East Broadcasting/Alhurra TV, December 7, 2018. (Becki Young interviewed)

Fastcase Partners with the American Immigration Lawyers Association to Publish New Journal, Markets Insider, October 31, 2018. (Becki Young selected as inaugural member of Editorial Board)

'Premium Processing' Freeze Causes H-1B Hiring Hurdles, Law 360, September 10, 2018. (Becki Young quoted)

Employers Seeking Visas May Tangle With Labor Dept. Over Wages (Corrected), Bloomberg Law, June 11, 2018. (Becki Young quoted)

Cos. Face Unpredictability As Extension Deference Ends, Law360, October 26, 2017.  (Becki Young quoted)

Finding Time for Pro Bono, Practice Management article by Erika Winston, Washington Lawyer Magazine, October 2017 issue. (Becki Young quoted)

U.S. Grants Asylum To Amos Yee, Young Blogger From Singapore,, September 27, 2017. (Sandra Grossman quoted)

The Administration’s decision to rescind the entrepreneurial parole provision, Price of Business,  July 17, 2017. (Becki Young interviewed)

Avoid These Common Mistakes When Completing Form I-9, SHRM, June 27, 2017. (Becki Young interviewed)

Business Immigration Mostly Untouched by New Travel Ban Standard, Bloomberg Law, June 27, 2017. (Becki Young quoted)

Harder for skilled Singaporeans to live, work overseas, May 2, 2017. (Becki Young quoted)

U.S. judge grants Singaporean blogger's asylum request,, March 24, 2017. (Sandra Grossman quoted)

3 Reasons Restaurant Sales Plummeted in February, QSR (Quick Service Restaurant Magazine) March 10, 2017. (Becki Young quoted)

Here's What's Really On Silicon Valley's Mind Regarding Immigration, Forbes, February 27, 2017. (Becki Young quoted)

Immigration attorney on what’s next after ‘Day Without Immigrants’ protest, theblaze, February 17, 2017. (Becki Young quoted)

The Impact of a Day Without Immigrants, FSR Magazine, Food News Media article, February 16, 2017.  (Becki Young quoted)

Video Blogger Who Tested Singapore’s Limits Seeks U.S. Asylum, NY Times, December 28, 2016. (Sandra Grossman quoted)

BigLaw Reacts To Trump's Election To The White House, Law360, November 9, 2016. (Becki Young quoted)

What you Need to Know About Immigration Law - Price of Business, YouTube, Feb. 22, 2016. (Becki Young interviewed)

A strange proposal that would affect technology workers, students and many others, Computerworld, Dec. 8, 2015: (Becki Young quoted)

Four Maryland Immigration Lawyers Join Forces, The National Law Journal, Legal Times, Dec. 7, 2015. 

Positive decision on segregability in FOIA cases, July 30, 2015 (Sandra Grossman and Rachel Zoghlin quoted)

Initial asylum related FOIA victory in Mezerhane de Schnapp vs USCIS, July 18, 2014. (Sandra Grossman and Rachel Zoghlin quoted)

Immigration Reform Proposals & Potential Impact on Hospitality Industry, Biz Asia America/CCTV News, April 23, 2013. (Becki Young interviewed)

Grossman was frequently quoted in articles relating to Grossman Law client, Journalist Emilio Palacio. Ms. Grossman prepared Mr. Palacio's successful asylum claim, which was based on the political persecution he suffered in Ecuador, including a three-year jail sentence and a penalty of $40 million dollars for criticizing Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa:

Will Immigration Officers Continue to Undermine Obama's Reforms?, The New Republic (Nov. 2, 2011).  (Sandra Grossman quoted)

Obama's policy on Venezuela leaves Chavez's victims paying price, The Washington Post (Oct. 30, 2011). (Sandra Grossman quoted)

"Vetting E-Verify," QSR (Quick Service Restaurant Magazine), October 2009. (Becki Young quoted)

Press Releases and Announcements

GYH Founding Partner, Sandra Grossman, testified before the congressional, bi-partisan Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission), regarding the abuse of INTERPOL by autocratic governments. Her testimony focused on the mishandling of red notices by immigration officials, who frequently misconstrue them as arrest warrants despite a clear policy from DOJ that they do not meet the minimum standards for arrest under our constitution. Sandra’s full testimony is available here.

To learn more about the Helsinki Commission and Abuse of INTERPOL, click here.

Grossman Young & Hammond is pleased to announce the addition of Sofia Hassander to its business immigration practice group!

An immigrant herself, Sofia grew up in Sweden and worked as an attorney in Stockholm before moving to the United States to attend law school. Sofia earned law degrees both in the United States at Vanderbilt University Law School, and in Sweden at the University of Lund. Prior to joining Grossman Young & Hammond, Sofia worked as an immigration attorney at Erickson Immigration Group, specializing in international immigration and global mobility.  There Sofia worked with the global mobility teams at some of the largest companies in Silicon Valley, assisting with their migration needs world-wide. Before moving to the United States, Sofia spent more than 5 years working on complex antitrust matters at the law firms Herbert Smith, Clifford Chance, and Cederquist. 

Sofia is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Washington, DC, and the DC chapter of SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association), a global network with 7,000 Swedish speaking women promoting Swedish language, culture and tradition.  Sofia and her husband live in Washington, DC, with their son.

Sofia speaks native Swedish and fluent English, and has near-native comprehension of Norwegian and Danish.

GYH and WOLA partner to host Rep. Jamie Raskin for a discussion of WOLA’s Beyond the Wall campaign

On Friday, June 14th, Grossman Young & Hammond, in partnership with the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), hosted a reception and discussion featuring Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD). The discussion focused on WOLA’s Beyond the Wall campaign, which strives to protect asylum seekers and immigrants by fighting back against inhumane, draconian policies. The campaign takes a four-pronged approach to mitigating the harmful policies of the current administration, including:

  1. Fighting Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy by investigating and exposing human rights abuses at the border.
  2. Working against draconian deportation and detention forces that sow fear and chaos and taking measures to stop Trump’s wasteful border wall efforts.
  3. Giving asylum seekers legal tools to protect their rights.
  4. Advocating for robust U.S. aid to Central America, with a focus on tackling corruption.

At the reception, Rep. Raskin voiced his support for the efforts or WOLA, the importance of immigrant rights in today’s global climate and, most importantly, the pressing need for reform.

If you would like to be included in future Grossman Young & Hammond events, please email:

If you would like to donate to WOLA’s Beyond the Wall Campaign, please visit the organization’s website at: 

Grossman Young & Hammond Recognized in Legal 500 United States 2019 Rankings

In its 2019 guide, The Legal 500 U.S. ranked Grossman Young & Hammond as a leader in immigration law nationwide. Becki Young was honored as a “Leading Lawyer,” the top ranking category for individuals. To view Grossman Young & Hammond’s full results from The Legal 500 US 2019 guide, including the associated commentary, click here.

For more than 30 years, The Legal 500 has been vetting the capabilities of law firms. Its rankings are based on a series of criteria highlighting practice area teams who provide cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. Research is based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms, and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

Grossman Young & Hammond serves all areas of the U.S. immigration market. The firm’s attorneys provide exceptional and creative solutions to help clients navigate the challenges posed by complex immigration laws and compliance policies. The relationships these attorneys have with multiple U.S. agencies — from USCIS to the U.S. Department of Labor — combined with active participation in liaison committees with government officials keep Grossman Young & Hammond on the cutting edge.

Grossman Young & Hammond Partners and Firm Recognized in 2019 Chambers USA Guide

Chambers USA has ranked the firm of Grossman Young & Hammond and partners Becki Young and Denise Hammond as leaders serving the immigration market. The firm is known for its personal touch with clients and recognized for its credibility, diligence and unfailing commitment to excellence.

Grossman Young & Hammond’s Business Immigration practice group earned recognition in the 2019 directory. In addition to the practice group ranking, firm partners Young and Hammond are ranked for their immigration work. Firm and attorney rankings for the District of Columbia and USA—Nationwide include:

District of Columbia

  • Becki Young, Band 2
  • Denise Hammond, Senior Statespeople
  • Grossman Young & Hammond, Band 3


  • Becki Young, Band 3
  • Denise Hammond, Senior Statespeople

Published by London-based Chambers and Partners, the annual Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business directory ranks leading U.S. firms and attorneys in a wide range of practice areas based on in-depth research, including client and peer interviews. Ranking selection is based on outstanding achievement, excellence in a given practice area and quality of client service. Grossman Young & Hammond’s rankings can be found here and additional information on Chambers can be found here.

Grossman Young & Hammond serves all areas of the U.S. immigration market. The firm’s attorneys provide exceptional and creative solutions to help clients navigate the challenges posed by complex immigration laws and compliance policies. The relationships these attorneys have with multiple U.S. agencies — from USCIS to the U.S. Department of Labor — combined with active participation in liaison committees with government officials keep Grossman Young & Hammond on the cutting edge.

Grossman Young & Hammond Partners selected as 2019 Lawdragon Most Powerful Employment Lawyers

In the 12th edition of The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive magazine and Lawdragon named partners Becki Young and Sandra Grossman in the 40 Up and Comers in Corporate Employment Law list. Lawdragon is a well-known and respected publisher of guides to the nation’s leading lawyers.

Grossman Young & Hammond’s experienced employment-based immigration team also includes Rita McCarthy, Ali Nasserghodsi, and Yeon Me Kim.

The team provides employers with the full spectrum of temporary and permanent employment visas, provides strategic consulting services to help companies and organizations strengthen their immigration programs and to protect them from liability. Specifically, our experience includes consulting on:

  • Strategic planning to prevent the loss of key-employee immigration status and plan for long-term visa continuity for rising talent
  • Ensuring compliance in corporate restructurings including due diligence for mergers and acquisitions
  • Counseling and training clients in Form I-9 employment verification and E-Verify compliance
  • Representing clients in audits and proceedings by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”)
  • Auditing and review of Labor Condition Application (LCA) Public Access Files for compliance
  • Training for worksite visits and protocol management
  • Guidance on developing a fair, legal, and ethical corporate immigration program

Grossman Young & Hammond is proud to announce that partners Becki Young and Sandra Grossman were recognized in the December 2018 issue of Washingtonian as among Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers in immigration.

Washingtonian’s Best Lawyers list is a trusted ranking directory of local area attorneys recognized for demonstrating the highest professional standards in their practice areas and garnering significant respect from their colleagues and peers. Washingtonian's selection process consists of surveys from top-rated legal peers, independent research and reporting, and evaluations of notable successes of the local bar. 

For the full list visit:

DC-Area Immigration Boutiques Join Forces Amid Policy Upheavals, National Law Journal, November 13, 2018.


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