Earlier this month, Joseph Greenwald & Laake principal Veronica Nannis graciously accepted a Community Leadership award from immigrant’s rights organization, Ayuda, at its annual Thank You reception. Ayuda, the Spanish word for “help,” focuses on serving clients in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia by providing free or low-cost legal work, social and language access services to immigrants from 104 countries. Nannis has been active in Ayuda for several years now, including hosting events and sponsoring fundraisers. Along with grassroots activist organization, BeLoud DC, Nannis was thanked by Ayuda for “outstanding community mobilization and leadership” for increasing community awareness and taking action to protect immigrant’s rights.
The proud daughter of an immigrant from Colombia, Nannis is a seasoned attorney in the firm’s Civil Litigation department and has a personal pro bono commitment to immigrants’ rights and access to justice. In her work with JGL, she has welcomed the opportunity to represent clients from the immigrant community in the Firm’s civil rights cases, since this population is particularly vulnerable to police abuse and not typically eager to report this abuse without strong advocates on their side.