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
What our clients say
COMPASSIONATE, PROFESSIONAL & EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE
We had the pleasure of working with Clare on a very difficult and unique immigration case involving our internationally adopted daughter. The attorneys we originally worked with made some grave errors which almost led to the deportation of our daughter. Clare saved the day. Clare Hanusz, an expert immigration attorney, along with family attorney, Judith Schevtchuk were instrumental in keeping our family together. Both are very caring attorneys. We searched for over a year locally and nationally for an immigration attorney who was knowledgeable about SIJS (Special Immigrant Juvenile Status). Clare is the only attorney in Hawaii that is familiar with SIJS and one of the very few attorneys nationwide with SIJS familiarity. Believe me we searched in California, New York, Washington D.C, Chicago…all the big cities you think you would find an immigration attorney specializing in this type of case. Clare was very prompt in returning our calls and emails and we felt she had genuine compassion and concern for the welfare of our daughter and our family. She is a lovely person, easy to talk to, and made what was a very stressful impossible situation seem hopeful and possible and guided us every step of the way. She solved our problem and we had a great outcome due to her expertise. So thankful for her help and highly recommend Clare to anyone requiring immigration assistance. 11/15/2016
Aloha Immigration in the news
Experts: New rules for legal immigration could hurt Hawaii The crackdown includes new rules that allow the Department of Homeland Security to turn down green card or visa applicants who are more likely to need government aid. It’s a “merit-based” system that starts in two months. Only Congress can make and change immigration laws.
Trump’s Latest Immigration Proposals Could Affect Many In Hawaii President Donald Trump’s proposals to decrease family-based immigration and crack down on people who overstay their visas could have big impacts in Hawaii. Trump talked about his plans to increase merit-based immigration by limiting family-based immigration during a speech at the White House this week.
Immigration and Island Dreamers: Hawai’i and DACA This week, the Trump Administration announced it will end the program allowing children brought to the United States illegally to stay here. The program is called “DACA”-and its cancellation could cost Hawai’i more than half a billion dollars. This week, Pacific Business News takes a look what the […]
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- Trump Administration Considers Lowering the Refugee Cap to Zero September 13, 2019The Trump administration is considering decreasing the maximum number of refugees accepted into the United States to 10,000 and as possibly low as zero, administration officials confirmed last week. Each year, the president determines the refugee cap or ceiling, the maximum number of people who can be admitted under the United States Refugee Admission Program […]
- Why It’s Bad to Force Asylum Seekers to Seek Protection Elsewhere September 12, 2019The Supreme Court issued an emergency ruling on Wednesday allowing the Trump administration to implement a ban on asylum seekers at the southern land border. The ban applies to people who transited through another country prior to arriving at the border. Although the ruling is a temporary development while litigation continues, the impact of the […]