Clare Hanusz founded Aloha Immigration in June 2017, after working with the Immigration Practice Group at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert in an Of Counsel affiliation since October 2013.
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Clare has lived in Honolulu since 1995 (with an 18-month move to Melbourne, Australia from 2012-2013). After graduating from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College in 1991 she moved to Arizona worked for the Valley Religious Task Force on Central America, advocating for immigrants and more just U.S. foreign policies. The opportunity to meet and work with refugees and their attorneys in Arizona propelled Clare to pursue a career in immigration law, and she enrolled in the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law in 1996.
While a first-year student, she was awarded a fellowship from the National Lawyers Guild for a summer internship with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Florence, Arizona. It was there, in the summer of 1998, that Clare litigated her first deportation case for a Spanish-speaking detainee. Upon returning to Hawaii she continued her work with immigrants, serving on the Board of Directors with Na Loio (now the Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center at Legal Aid) where she also spent a summer as a legal intern.
After graduating from law school in 1999, Clare worked at Na Loio heading up a Neighbor Island immigration project to bring legal services to immigrants in rural and isolated communities. She also worked for a two Honolulu law firms and had a solo practice under the Law Office of Clare Hanusz.
Clare has represented hundreds of individuals before the immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She has assisted clients with naturalization, adjustment of status (“Green Cards”), U visas (for immigrant victims of certain serious crimes) and T visas for victims of human trafficking, as well as consular processing, waivers of inadmissibility, asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, employment based and religious worker visas and options for immigrant survivors of domestic violence.
Clare is the recent past Chair of the Hawaii Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and has served as local AILA liaison to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and as co-chair for the Advocacy Committee. She is also a member of the National Lawyers Guild’s National Immigration Project and a founding member of the Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Rights and the Hawaii Coalition for Civil Rights. She has partnered with the American Civil Liberties Union to litigate cutting-edge motions to suppress in immigration court and serves on the ACLU of Hawaii Litigation Committee. She has written on immigration issues for the Hawaii State Bar Association, AILA, and local publications, and has spoken locally and a nationwide. She has been featured in local, national and international news.
Clare lives in Honolulu with her husband Nevi, a professor of political science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and two children. Public school advocacy is another of Clare’s passions and she currently serves on the board of Parents for Public Schools-Hawaii. Her full resume can be found here.
Why choose Aloha Immigration?
Aloha Immigration’s Responsive Law Pledge
Many law firms claim to put their clients first. At Aloha Immigration, we promise to do the following and let clients decide for themselves.
- Responsiveness: Aloha Immigration strives to reply to all client communications promptly – usually within one business day and oftentimes less.
- Participation: Aloha Immigration will give our clients timely notice of all meetings, USCIS interviews, and court appearances in their matter.
- Deference: Aloha Immigration will defer to our clients’ goals throughout representation.
- Case Updates: Aloha Immigration will provide all clients with a monthly case email update with the current status of their case.
- Confidentiality: Aloha Immigration will maintain all client confidences.
- Information Access: Aloha Immigration will provide our clients with copies of all materials provided to us or prepared by us for their cases.
- Dismissal and Discipline: Aloha Immigration acknowledges our clients’ right to dismiss us at any time and will provide our clients with information about how to file a complaint with Bar Council in our jurisdiction.
- Engagement Agreement: Aloha Immigration will provide each of our clients a clear written engagement agreement, signed by us and counter-signed by our clients, outlining the scope and objectives of the representation, the fees charged, and payment terms.
- Itemized Bills: Aloha Immigration will provide our clients with itemized bills on a regular basis describing the specific tasks performed, and, if billing by the hour, the hourly rate and time spent by each person on each task.
- Lawyer Background: Aloha Immigration will inform our clients of the education, training, and relevant experience of each lawyer working on their case
Aloha Immigration in the news
New ICE rule not expected to impact international students in Hawaii HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – The University of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University say they plan to resume in-person classes this fall. The decision helps international students in Hawaii facing deportation under a new federal rule. This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced international students […]
Feds: Filipino mega-church founder profited from human trafficking tactics HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – The federal investigation into the Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church alleges that the church’s massive human trafficking scheme enriched, and even provided sex for the church’s flamboyant founder. Federal court documents describes young men and women working long hours, soliciting donations on […]
Fifteen Unaccompanied Migrant Children Came To Hawaii In The Past… Fifteen unaccompanied children who entered the United States without immigration documents have been moved to Hawaii over the past year as they await immigration proceedings. Nationally more than 69,000 unaccompanied minors entered the U.S. between October 2018 and August 2019 and were released to sponsors, […]
- Talking Turkey: How to Discuss Immigration for Long-Lasting Change November 23, 2020While our Thanksgiving dinner tables may look a little different this year, one thing remains the same: Thanksgiving is a time to catch up and reconnect with loved ones. Whether you are doing this by phone, Zoom, or at a social distanced gathering, many of our conversations will reveal that our families and friends hold […]
- Discriminatory Treatment of Haitians Throughout History Informs Current Policy at the US-Mexico Border November 20, 2020For years, the Trump administration has argued that limited capacity at ports of entry led to its policy of turning back asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border (the “turnback policy”). But a recent amicus—or “friend of the court”—brief filed in a lawsuit challenging this policy argues that the true justification is racial hostility. In the […]
- Trump Administration Wants to Deny Work Permits to Some People Released From ICE Detention November 19, 2020The Trump administration announced on November 17 that it plans to start denying work permits to people who have been ordered deported, but who have been released from immigration custody because they cannot—or should not—be deported. A stated purpose of this new rule, published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is to encourage people […]