Christine Stouffer, Attorney

Christine is a certified specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law with the California State Bar. She has been practicing exclusively immigration law since 2006. She previously worked as Interim Staff Attorney for Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco with their Pro Bono Asylum Program, and as Staff Attorney for Arab American Legal Services, part of the San Francisco Immigrant and Legal Education Network.

A variety of experiences over the years led Christine to immigration law. She has traveled extensively and lived in Morocco and France. Her mother and her husband are both immigrants to the United States. Based on her personal experiences, she has a deep appreciation for the challenges faced by individuals and families living in a new country. What is already challenging is only made more difficult when, as in many cases, life in a new country brings separation from loved ones. It means a lot to her to work in a field that allows her to help clients navigate the complicated immigration laws so they can focus on moving forward with their lives and reuniting with their families. Christine feels truly honored by the chance to get to know people from all over the world, learn their unique histories, and help translate the law in such a way that allows her clients to make the most informed decisions about their immigration matter. Once the appropriate path is identified, she enjoys working as a team with clients to present the strongest case possible to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service or the Immigration Court.

Christine is fluent in French, and conversant in Arabic and Spanish.

Licenses and Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California

Professional Organization Memberships and Associations

  • Member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • EOIR Co-Liaison to the San Francisco Immigration Court for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Northern California Chapter (2014-2016)
  • Pro-Bono Co-Coordinator for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Northern California Chapter (2013-2014)
  • Co-Chair, National Lawyers Guild Immigration Committee, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (2008-2011)
  • Member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (2006-present)

Honors

  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star for Immigration (2012-2014)
  • Rising Star Award from the San Francisco Minority Bar Association (2009)
  • Award for Achievement in Public Interest Law from Golden Gate University (2005)

Volunteer / Pro Bono Activities

  • Mentor Attorney, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Pro Bono Asylum Program (2006-present)
  • Volunteer Attorney, Centro Legal de la Raza Oakland’s Low Fee Evening Immigration Clinic (2010-present)
  • Volunteer Attorney, La Raza Centro Legal San Francisco’s Free Evening Immigration Clinic (2005-2010)

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Introduction to Removal Defense, Immigrant Legal Resource Center Continuing Legal Education Program, 2015 and 2017
  • Panelist, Emerging Human Rights Conditions in the Middle East and Their Impact on Asylum, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Lunchtime Continuing Legal Education Workshop, 2013
  • Panelist, Mentor, Mentee and Interpreter Panel, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Fall 2012 Asylum Seminar for Pro Bono Advocates, 2012

Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D., 2005
  • University of Washington, B.A., Middle Eastern Studies, 1998

David Benham-Suk, Associate Attorney

David Benham-Suk joined Stouffer Law in July 2021. Previously, David’s immigration law practice at Catholic Charities of the East Bay focused on representing noncitizens detained in ICE custody. Fighting to secure his clients’ release, David handled bond hearings in immigration court and petitions for habeas corpus in federal district court. David also represented clients in deportation proceedings before the San Francisco and Los Angeles Immigration Courts, challenged removal orders at the Board of Immigration Appeals and United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and fought visa denials in federal district court. Before he became an immigration attorney, David practiced general commercial and securities litigation at leading firms in New York City and San Francisco.

David is an immigration attorney because he believes that no one is illegal and that every person should be free to live and work wherever they please. He enjoys helping his clients obtain the basic dignity of legal immigration status. He is proud to help his clients resist when deportation proceedings threaten to tear them from their homes, livelihoods, and loved ones.

David’s own immigration story also informs his work. His grandparents immigrated from the Netherlands to Canada and his parents immigrated from Canada to the United States. David grew up in Michigan, went to college and law school in Canada, then returned to the United States to begin practicing law.

David is proficient in Spanish and French.

Licenses and Admissions

  • California State Bar
    New York State Bar
    United States District Court, Northern District of California
    United States District Court, Southern District of California
    United States District Court, Central District of California
    United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
    United States District Court, Southern District of New York
    United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

Volunteer / Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, Bar Association of San Francisco, Attorney of the Day Program, 2019-present
  • Volunteer Legal Advisor, Refugee Legal Aid Program, Cairo, Egypt, January – June 2016

Education

  • McGill University Faculty of Law, J.D., 2016
  • McGill University Faculty of Law, Bachelor of Civil Law, 2016
  • University of Toronto, Master of Public Policy, 2009
  • McGill University, B.A., Economics and International Development Studies, 2007

Ana Trujillo, Paralegal / Office Manager

Ana is a certified paralegal with past experience at a family law firm, and past immigration-related experience having volunteered at the non-profit organization Catholic Charities in Concord California before joining the Law Office of Christine Stouffer.

Ana became interested in working in immigration law growing up as an immigrant. Ana witnessed and experienced the difficulties immigrants lacking lawful status in the United States face day to day.  Ana was raised by immigrant parents who worked hard from sunrise to sundown in the fields of Salinas, California to raise her and her siblings. Ana has witnessed firsthand the sacrifices that hundreds of immigrant parents make coming to an unknown country seeking work and a brighter and safer future for their families. Ana is proud to be an immigrant herself and grateful to be able to help and make a difference in the lives of many people who are struggling like she and her family once did.

After obtaining legal status in the United States, Ana pursued a paralegal certificate in order to work within the field of immigration law. Ana enjoys being able to help people, and enjoys being part of a team of advocates at Law Office of Christine Stouffer who truly care about clients and strive to provide excellent and quality legal services.

Ana is fluent in Spanish.

Johanna Romero, Paralegal

Johanna is a certified paralegal with experience in immigration law since 2015.  She graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in Political Science. Johanna was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. at a young age. She was raised in the Bay Area in a mixed status household. Johanna witnessed firsthand the struggle of living without legal status and has always known she wanted to serve the immigrant community. Johanna grew up witnessing her father work hard as a carpenter. She observed her mother’s dedication at first to raising her children and then to becoming integrally involved in different community organizations.

Seeing her mother continue to serve the Latino Community inspired Johanna to follow in her footsteps. She joined the Law Office of Christine Stouffer in 2019 seeking a smaller practice where she would be part of a team of professionals who genuinely care about their clients and strive to go above and beyond in each case.

Johanna understands that the immigration process is extremely stressful. She believes that families and individuals should always be heard and treated with the utmost respect by their advocates. Johanna loves working with clients to help capture their unique stories. She also loves seeing cases through to the end when clients receive their legal status knowing how much this opens doors not only to them, but also for generations to come.

Johanna is fluent in Spanish.

Arlette Cabrera, Receptionist / Administrative Assistant

Arlette obtained an Educational Degree at the National University of Honduras, being honored with Magna Cum Laude recognition. Since she was very young, she knew she had a passion for knowledge and helping others, she comes from a family of teachers and felt education was a great environment to connect with people and contribute positively to their lives. She worked as a teacher and studied, for 8 years; she knows firsthand what it means to work hard for your dreams. 

Eventually, her passion for working with people allowed her to assist in social projects, helping young people to improve their skills and find a job, she made community interventions with entrepreneurial and job projects in Honduras. She enjoys spending time with her family and doggies, loves technology and creating digital materials. 

Arlette has lived immigration herself, with her father traveling to provide his family with a better future. She knows how hard it is to be separated from the ones you love and hopes to contribute to other families facing separation.  

She lives in Honduras and feels very happy to have the opportunity to support the Law Office’s team and clients. 

Arlette is fluent in Spanish.