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Molly Groom, USCIS

Molly Groom, Chief, Refugee and Asylum Law Division
Office of Chief Counsel, USCIS

Washington, D.C.

In the days following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Molly Groom, Chief of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Refugee and Asylum Law Division, worked around the clock on Haitian adoptions as part of an unprecedented program to bring Haitian children who had been adopted by U.S. citizens to join their families in the United States.

When the first flight of Haitian children arrived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania after the earthquake, Groom met the plane to oversee the processing of the children and unite them with their new families.

At USCIS, Groom oversees a team of attorneys that provides legal advice on humanitarian protection issues, including those related to the Violence Against Women Act and domestic implementation of U.S. obligations under the Refugee Convention, the Convention Against Torture and the Hague Adoption Convention.

USCIS strengthens the security and integrity of the immigration system by providing effective customer-oriented immigration benefit and information services to customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting awareness and understanding of citizenship, and combating immigration fraud.

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