Professional Profile

I’ve worked as the Director of the Immigrants Protection Project for MLRI, a statewide legal services back-up center in Massachusetts, since 1991.

As a lawyer, my primary expertise is in immigration & refugee law. You can learn more about me and my legal victories on behalf of low-income immigrants at

You can read a feature article about me in the Massachusetts Lawyer’s Journal. And here are some examples of my advocacy projects:

Leadership roles I’ve had in the immigrant rights field, in the legal profession, and in my community include:

  • National Immigration Law Center Board of Directors & former Board Chair (
  • Trustee, The Hyams Foundation (read my Hyams profile)
  • Individual Rights Section Council- Massachusetts Bar Association, MBA Editorial Committee for Ensuring Equal Justice:  Addressing Cultural and Linguistic Differences in the Courts of Massachusetts (1996)
  • leadership positions in the National Immigration Project, the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition, & other groups.

Professional & Civic Awards I’ve received include:

  • a Women of Justice award from the Women’s Bar Association, the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers, & Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (read my feature interview)
  • the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation in the Field of Immigration Law from the American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • the Las Primeras Award for Latina trailblazers from Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys
  • an Access to Justice Award from the Massachusetts Bar Association
  • the John G. Brooks Legal Services Award from the Boston Bar Association
  • the Give Liberty A Hand Award from the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
    • see me at the awards ceremony with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick  (scroll down to “View photos from the event” link & to “Iris-Gomez-Bio”)

My public speaking & writing activities include:

  • frequent panelist & speaker at conferences and seminars for judges, lawyers, other professionals, and the general public (for examples, click on the public speaking events list at the side bar)
  • Law School Lecturer at Boston University School of Law for over 15 years
  • author/editor of diverse legal publications for professionals & lay people (see, e.g., the law-related publications list at the side bar)

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