Miami University of Ohio, BA in History and Latin American Studies, Spanish Minor, 2010
DePaul University College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2013
Illinois Supreme Court, 2013
Ms. Klaczak grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago before attending Miami University in Ohio where she studied History, Latin American Studies, and Spanish. While attending Miami University, Ms. Klaczak participated in a study abroad program in Brazil. She also traveled to Peru as a member of the University group Students for Peace and Justice where she learned about many of the issues facing youths in Lima, Peru including prevalent homelessness and human trafficking. It was this experience that solidified Ms. Klaczak’s desire to pursue a legal career in order to work with individuals facing human rights abuses and those seeking new opportunities in the United States.
In 2010, Ms. Klaczak moved back to Chicago to attend Law School at DePaul University College of Law. During her first year there, she became a member of the DePaul Society for Asylum and Immigration Law and began volunteering for the New Americans Initiative under the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights where she assisted dozens of legal permanent residents in applying for US citizenship. This rewarding experience led her to become involved over the next two years with the DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic during which she and a fellow student successfully defended the removal of their first client in front of an immigration judge. Their client was granted asylum in 2012.
Ms. Klaczak also volunteered and worked with the non-profit organization Latinos Progresando where she gained experience working with countless clients making a variety of family-based immigration petitions. In particular she spent much of her time working with victims of domestic abuse who were applying for legal permanent residency under the Violence Against Women Act or U-Visas as victims of specified crimes. She found this work to be difficult at times but extremely rewarding. As an associate attorney at Chicago Immigration Advocates, Ms. Klaczak looks forward to helping clients keep their families together as well as assisting them in navigating the immigration system in order to achieve their goals.