Shirley’s work focuses on asylum, cancellation of removal and special immigrant juvenile visas. She also handles family-based petitions, waivers, naturalization, U visas, VAWA petitions, and detainee cases.
Prior to becoming an immigration attorney, Shirley managed a refugee resettlement program in New Hampshire and served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration at the U.S. Department of State. She lived in several African countries while working for non-governmental organizations serving refugees and displaced people. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea.
Shirley holds a JD from American University, where she was a Public Interest/Public Service Scholar, and graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif. She also holds an MPH from Johns Hopkins University and an AB from Brown University.