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As a staff attorney for Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, a nonprofit in Charlotte, North Carolina, Heather served immigrants facing legal issues.


“I think right now, the changes in priorities in immigration enforcement are the biggest thing. There’s been a shift in our immigration system from one that promoted keeping families together and protecting victims of crime and persecution in both countries, to a system of enforcement first--without regard to the consequences of those actions, and who is being affected by those decisions.”

She soon founded the Immigrant Justice Program, applying her heightened expertise and Spanish-speaking skills to expand immigrant services. “Initially, we served victims of domestic violence and abuse, but I soon transitioned into humanitarian immigration law, including asylum, victims of human trafficking, and sexual assault.”  

One such case stands out, a success story of sorts involving three teenaged victims of human trafficking. Having been adopted as children by their traffickers, the victims were enslaved and isolated from contact with outsiders. Extracted from the situation sometime in their teens, the children were able to assimilate to a new culture and ultimately thrive in their new surroundings.  “I was able to get them T Visas,” says Heather, “and they were adopted by a new US family. They’ve all graduated from college and have careers, and one of them recently became a US citizen.”

After 10 years at Legal Services, Heather dipped into private practice—from a large immigration firm, to her own practice—before resuming work with Legal Services and the Immigrant Justice Program.

 As a fellow board certified immigration specialist, she’s thrilled to be joining friend and colleague Helen Tarokic at Helen Tarokic Law.


“Helen is such a creative advocate for her clients, and her philosophies about serving her clients and immigration law are similar to mine,” shares Ms. Ziemba. “We’ve collaborated well over the years. From her trafficking conferences to finding new ways to help clients, it’s a great fit. I’m excited to join forces.”

 From T-visas to U-visas, Heather will specialize in issues relating to juveniles, including kids who have been abandoned or neglected, or are seeking asylum. “I’ll be working on the humanitarian and family-based side.”

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Wilmington, NC 28405

Fax: 910.509.7144

Back on US soil, Heather worked for Department of Social Services in Gaston County as a child support enforcement attorney. Through her local church, she traveled to Nogales, Mexico to help with the Borderlinks program. After meeting with border patrol agents, as well as deportees at an area youth shelter, Heather’s commitment to helping Latino immigrants only deepened.  “Borderlinks triggered my interest in linking border issues to our US communities. I wanted to bring what we learned in Nogales to our own area.”

 

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HEATHER ZIEMBA, Senior Associate Attorney (English & Spanish)

Senior Associate Attorney Heather Ziemba fuses her passion for travel with a commitment to the surrounding culture.


Following a law degree from Vanderbilt Law, Heather backpacked through Central America, intent on mastering her already-proficient Spanish skills. Living with native families and immersing herself in local communities, Heather fell in love with Latino culture.

HEATHER ZIEMBA

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Suite 110,

Wilmington, NC 28405

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