The people of Haiti, plunged into yet another crisis following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July, have been migrating in droves to the United States and Mexico. The difficulties of this island nation from weather, poverty, and social/political unrest are well known, but those offering solutions to these difficult problems are rare.
Human rights and immigration lawyer Thomas M. Griffin, Esq., a partner at Surin & Griffin, P.C., has been invited by the Philadelphia Free Library to speak on the causes behind Haiti’s current problems and how the island can bring back stability and freedom to its people. The Zoom talk, Who Failed Haiti and What Can Be Done About It?, is one of many speaking and cultural events offered via the Philadelphia Free Library’s Central Senior Services for senior Philadelphia residents.
Fluent in Creole, Griffin’s experience in immigration and human rights law has often focused on Haiti. He has testified before the U.S. Congress as an expert on Haiti and founded a medical clinic in Port-au-Prince.
Selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine for the past two years, Griffin specializes in complex immigration matters, representing immigrants who have been detained and face criminal deportation, have family immigration issues, or need business or employment visas. He is often advocating for clients in appeals before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Board of Immigration Appeals, and in the federal courts.
In 2016, Griffin was chosen by colleagues in Philadelphia for outstanding mentorship of fellow members of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Having worked as a New York City school teacher following graduation from Georgetown University, Griffin later worked as a probation and parole officer in federal courts, a job he held for over 10 years. He earned a Master’s degree in forensic psychology before becoming an attorney. After earning his Juris Doctor, Griffin worked as a white-collar crime and trusts/estates litigator in Boston, where he earned the honor of Massachusetts’ pro bono attorney of the year.
Griffin is also fluent in Spanish and frequently appears on both Spanish and Haitian radio to provide up-to-date immigration advice to the Philadelphia community.
People facing immigration problems need an advocate. The experienced, trial-tested Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C., can help. Call us at 215-925-4435 or contact us online for an initial consultation.
Those interested in the Zoom program, slated for Tuesday, October 20 at 11 a.m., can register here: