Eric joined Catholic Charities in October 2015 as the director of Family Immigration Services. Before joining us, he was an immigration attorney in private practice at law firms in Colorado and Ohio.
He also served as a public defender in state courts in Ohio. He co-founded and currently serves as Chair of the El Paso County Bar Association Immigration Law Section, and is also the Chair of the USCIS Liaison Committee of the Colorado chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association.
Eric grew up in a rural community in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, the child of two immigrant parents (his father was from India, his mother from Germany).
After attending Bowdoin College in Maine, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps for three years in Guatemala, teaching masonry and construction techniques to promote the building of water pumps, latrines, and other family health technologies. Upon returning to the U.S., he obtained an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona.
He also worked for eight seasons as a park ranger in national parks in Utah, California, and New Mexico. Eventually, his interest in working with immigrants inspired him to obtain his law degree from the University of Arizona, and since that time he has dedicated himself to assisting immigrant families.
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