Rosie joined the ACLU of Wyoming in 2020. As the immigration staff attorney, Rosie is responsible for expanding the ACLU’s work to protect the rights of immigrants in Wyoming through targeted impact litigation, advocacy, and public outreach. She assists individuals with immigration advice through consultations and representation, offers assistance to attorneys providing pro bono immigration service and helps identify and combat systemic issues affecting the immigrant community at large.
Prior to joining the ACLU of Wyoming, Rosie served as the Teton Area Program Director for Climb Wyoming, a statewide nonprofit job skills and career placement program for low-income single mothers. Under Rosie’s leadership during the coronavirus pandemic, her team developed a virtual job training program that served as a best practice model for other training programs nationwide. In recognition of these efforts, Rosie was nominated through the Wyoming Business Report as a 2020 Woman of Influence.
Before joining Climb Wyoming, Rosie spent a decade practicing immigration law in Teton County, Wyoming. As the only full-time, bilingual immigration attorney in western Wyoming for many years, she provided representation in a wide array of practice areas, including employment- and family-based adjustment of status, naturalization, removal defense, federal court litigation, and various forms of humanitarian relief. Rosie’s work on behalf of vulnerable populations in Wyoming and beyond resulted in hundreds of approved benefits applications, successful administrative appeals and motions to reopen, and numerous cases in which removal proceedings were terminated by the immigration court or removal was otherwise avoided. In 2018, she was appointed as a legal services provider in U visa, VAWA, and naturalization matters through Mexico’s Program of Legal Assistance to Mexicans through External Legal Assistance in the United States (PALE) program.
Additionally, Rosie has served as a crisis services case manager in Jackson, Wyo., pro bono refugee attorney in Johannesburg, South Africa, and volunteer with organizations dedicated to issues ranging from affordable housing to nonprofit community radio. She holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Purdue University and a juris doctor degree from Seattle University School of Law.