Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Natalie Tynan to its national labor and employment practice. Tynan joins the firm’s immigration group as a senior attorney in Washington.

Tynan joins the firm after more than eleven years with the US Department of Homeland Security. She has served in various roles, including special assistant with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Office of Policy and Strategy, where she was responsible for implementing executive orders and agency programs, and as chief of adjudications for USCIS Service Center Operations.

Most recently, she was unit chief of policy at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where she served as a member of the management team responsible for coordinating legal, policy and operational activities. She brings extensive knowledge of immigration topics such as worksite enforcement, adjudication of petitions and applications, government investigations, detention, implementation of executive orders, and drafting and implementation of regulations.

“Natalie’s insight and understanding of the complexities of DHS’s immigration programs adds to the depth of our capabilities,” said Adam J. Rosser, a partner with the firm’s immigration group. “Her background will allow her to play a key role to broaden our immigration compliance capabilities, and to navigate an increasingly restrictive and unpredictable adjudicatory environment.”

Hunton Andrews Kurth’s immigration practice handles all immigration needs for corporate clients, from sponsorship of key employees for temporary visas and permanent residence, to I-9 compliance advice, government investigations and due diligence. The team of experienced immigration lawyers represents multinational organizations across various industries including manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, banking, nonprofits, communications and entertainment.

The New York Times features Suzan Kern in an interview with María, a woman who was sexually assaulted by a Corrections Corporation of America guard while under the custody of ICE, following her release on bond from the Hutto detention center in Texas. CCA violated the terms of its contract with ICE, which mandated that female detainees be transferred with at least one female guard. Instead, CCA’s male guard, Donald Dunn, who assaulted María, transported women alone 77 times in less than a year. “When he let her out of the van at the Austin airport, she ran,” Suzan, María’s pro bono immigration attorney, says in the video. “The guard there at the airport asked her what was wrong and she immediately told him what had happened.” María courageously explains, “I think this happened not only to me but to several people.” Eight women came forward to testify against Dunn, who was convicted and served prison time. Suzan, who also represents another of Dunn’s victims pro bono, believes there were even more, “because these were the women who could be tracked down and who were willing to speak.”

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