Title: DOJ Accredited Representative
Company: International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit
Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Kaity Nicastri, DOJ Accredited Representative at International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in immigration administration.
Since 2018, as a Department of Justice accredited representative and paralegal with the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (IIMD), Ms. Nicastri has managed client needs, tracked application progress and helped screen immigrants for benefits that best meet their situation. In addition, she focuses on family-based immigration, humanitarian forms of relief and naturalization and she has assisted on cases including family petitions, adjustment of status and DACA and has researched various issues in relation to these case types. As a contractor, she excels in evaluating for projects that promote community engagement and development analyzed business district development and has worked on a feasibility study for a future community arts center.
After obtaining an Associate of Applied Arts in industrial media in 2006 from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, Ms. Nicastri followed with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2009 from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and continued her education with a Master of Social Work in 2010 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Nicastri found success as a program analyst with the College for Creative Studies, Community Arts Partnerships and a Democracy Fellow Team Leader with the Alliance for Immigrant Rights in Detroit. From 2012 through 2014, she made an impact as an independent arts and management consultant and a refugee foster care case manager with Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, and from 2014 to 2018 as community school site coordinator with Southwest Solutions at Bennett Elementary School.
Ms. Nicastri’s most notable achievement was as the field organizer with Alliance for Immigrants’ Rights/MI Organizing project in 2012. For the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that was ordered by President Obama, she and her team organized the nation’s third largest workshop (behind Los Angeles and Chicago) in Detroit for DACA-eligible youth to receive legal screenings and start their legal process. This workshop was offered free of charge and almost all participants were eligible for the program due to careful screening and marketing.
Ms. Nicastri’s goal in the coming years is to see her children through their school years and to continue her accreditation and help her department to grow. She is working on a grant that would allow IIMD to be able to hire another attorney and assist with unaccompanied refugee minors.
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