Lindsey E. Sweet, Esq.
A native of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Lindsey became interested in immigration law when she started volunteering at La Comunidad Hispana while still in high school. After living and studying in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, Lindsey became fluent in Spanish and knew that her calling would be to serve the immigrant community in the United States. In 2003, Lindsey graduated with degrees in Political Science and Spanish from Haverford College. Lindsey then worked with the Pennsylvania Migrant Education Program for 4 years where she provided supplemental education to the children of migrant farm workers in Chester County, Pennsylvania. As a Student Support Specialist, she advocated for and guided migrant children and their families through American educational and legal systems, including truancy court. She designed, implemented and supervised academic and character education programs, including a gang prevention soccer team and career exploration program for pre-teen Latino boys which now has 800 members. She administrated and taught parent workshops for over 100 families and directed a summer program for over 300 students in the Kennett Consolidated School District. She was awarded the 2006 Outstanding Service Award by the Chester County Intermediate Unit.
While in law school at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, Lindsey received multiple fellowships including a Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship which funded her to work with Friends of Farmworkers, Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There, she provided legal outreach in Spanish to indigent farm workers across Pennsylvania regarding their legal rights as employees. Lindsey also provided immigration legal services to the immigrant communities of Newark, New Jersey with American Friends Service Committee.
From 2007 to 2009, Lindsey worked with a private Immigration and Nationality Law firm in Elizabeth, New Jersey where she performed extensive legal research and drafted briefs and motions to the EOIR and the BIA. She worked closely with individual clients and prepared applications and supporting documentation for Adjustment of Status, Removal of Conditions of Permanent Residency, Cancellation of Removal, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitions, U Visa Petitions, Asylum and Withholding of Removal, Temporary Protected Status, Naturalization, Employment Authorization, Advance Parole/Travel Document, and various types of Inadmissibility Waivers. Fluent in Spanish, she performed interpretation for clients at USCIS Asylum Office in Lyndhurst, NJ and translated of documents from Spanish to English. Attorney Lindsey has been licensed to practice law in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 2009. She returned to practice in Pennsylvania in 2010 when she expanded upon her already extensive immigration law experience with Nationalities Service Center and Murphy Law Firm, PC, both in the greater Philadelphia region.
In February 2014, Lindsey opened her own private practice in Avondale, Pennsylvania. Then in August 2014, she united with Anna Paciorek to form Sweet & Paciorek, LLC, where she manages the Avondale office and continues to focus exclusively on Immigration and Nationality Law. Lindsey serves as American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Immigration and Customs Enforcement Liaison Co-Chair for the Philadelphia Chapter of AILA. She volunteered as Supervising Attorney at the AILA 2014 and 2015 Pro Bono Citizenship Day for the Chester County, Pennsylvania location. Lindsey frequently gives talks and workshops on immigration-related topics of interest to Spanish speaking communities and the social service agencies that serve them in Southern Chester County Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. She is very involved in the community in and around her Avondale office, actively serving on the Board of the Joseph and Sarah Carter Community Development Corporation in Kennett Square. Together with local Latino artists, she opened a Latino Art Gallery inside the Avondale office of Sweet & Paciorek, LLC highlighting the collection of a different talented local Latino artist every three months.
Anna Paciorek, a graduate of the James Beasley School of Law at Temple University, has worked with the immigrant community in Philadelphia since 1998 and has been licensed as an attorney since 2004. Before joining forces with Lindsey Sweet, Anna was employed at Nationalities Service Center (NSC), a nonprofit agency that services immigrants and refugees. During her time at NSC, Anna managed a case load of asylum, removal defense, “crimmigration”, family based, Violence Against Women Act and citizenship cases. She has worked directly with victims of torture through the Philadelphia Partnership for Resilience, a joint project between NSC and HIAS and has done extensive work with victims of domestic violence especially in the asylum context. She has also instructed students and interns both as an adjunct professor at Temple Law School and the intern coordinator at NSC. Anna has served on the AILA USCIS liaison committee for many years and has given many trainings to the immigration and non-immigration bar on asylum, removal and family based matters. Her areas of expertise include asylum, removal defense and family based cases. Anna manages the Philadelphia office of Sweet & Paciorek, LLC.
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