Aleksandra Dragovic Esq.

Aleksandra Dragovic Esq.

Location:
New York, New York
Phone:
800-890-0229
Email:

Aleksandra Dragovic joined Youman, Madeo, & Fasano, LLP, in 2014. She is an attorney experienced in handling a wide-variety of immigration matters and her twelve years of legal experience cover several other areas of law including immigration law, criminal defense, consumer bankruptcy and family law.

I. Court Admissions and Area of Practice

Aleksandra Dragovic is a member of the New York State Bar since May 13, 2002. She is also admitted to the Southern and Eastern District Courts of the State of New York since May of 2003. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Federal Bar Association. Her primary focus is on the practice of Immigration and Nationality Law before Immigration Courts and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

II. Background

Ms. Dragovic is a highly respected lawyer throughout the courts of the United States. She has over twelve years of experience with the immigration court system in the State of New York and has litigated cases before immigration judges sitting in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Louisiana and Texas. During her practice, Ms. Dragovic has obtained visas, permanent resident status and citizenship for hundreds of immigrants. She also boasts many successful results before the Board of Immigration Appeals in appellate matters and motions to reopen.

Ms. Dragovic has enjoyed many successes in the defense of clients facing certain deportation. One case, in particular, seemed a near impossible challenge to overcome: Mario, a 23 year old Mexican national with illegal status, having two LPR parents and two USC siblings, faced certain deportation when he was placed into removal proceedings as a result of sustaining two aggravated felony assault convictions. Further, Mario faced the threat of murder because he testified against a defendant who killed his best friend in cold blood on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. Ms. Dragovic filed a U-visa application with USCIS because Mario was a government witness in hopes that this visa would be approved and he could remain in the United States with his family. She also filed an Adjustment of Status with a 212(h) hardship waiver with the U.S. Immigration Court in Newark, New Jersey. The U-visa was ultimately denied, so Mario had to rely on his applications before the Court. Ms. Dragovic built Mario's case and convinced the Immigration Judge and government trial attorney that Mario deserved to be granted Lawful Permanent Resident status despite his violent convictions. Mario had changed his life around and was able to establish complete rehabilitation through his testimony before the court. The immigration judge granted Mario's applications for relief and he obtained his green card and has been reunited with his family after spending nearly two years in detention.

In another recent victory, Ms. Dragovic obtained CAT relief for Victor, a 24 year old Dominican Lawful Permanent Resident who did not qualify for any other relief applications due to his aggravated felony federal drug conspiracy conviction. Victor, whose conspiracy ties included high ranking military government officials in the Dominican Republic, faced certain death upon his removal to the Dominican Republic because he had cooperated with DEA agents after his arrest for conspiracy to import heroin. Victor's cooperation had implicated many individuals, including members of the military police in the Dominican Republic. The immigration judge granted CAT relief because Ms. Dragovic was able to convince the court that Victor faced a real and serious threat of death and torture at the hands of the Dominican government.

III. Dedication to Immigration Law

Aleksandra Dragovic was drawn to the practice of immigration law because of her personal experience as an immigrant to this country. Ms. Dragovic first immigrated to Canada from Serbia with her parents and siblings at the age of 3, and then on to the United States at the age of 10 via her physician parents' professional visas. Ms. Dragovic was sworn in as a United States citizen in 1997. She attended university and law school in Michigan, where she spent her formative years. Ms. Dragovic moved to New York City in May of 2001 to pursue her legal career in the most culturally diverse of all cities. Ms. Dragovic is a hands-on attorney who dedicates her practice to defending the rights of immigrants from all parts of the world and all spectrums of the socio-economic scale.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2014

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration and Nationality Law

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2003

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member