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pending before the immigration
court," Williams said. "We're setting
trial dates for 2021 because that's the
next available court date."
Her passion for the work is palpable, but so is her frustration at the
current climate around immigration
law.
"The attorney general has been
really attacking due process of what
little due process existed in immigration court. It's been a really terrible
year."
When asked what keeps her going
during rough times such as these,
Williams credits her colleagues.
"The immigration bar are some of
the most amazing, committed, intelligent, passionate, wonderful people I
have ever met," she said.
It helps, too, that immigration law
is her calling.
"I wanted to make a difference
for real people in a very real way,
and there's hardly a group of more
vulnerable people than immigrants.
Even when it was not incredibly
stressful, the immigration process is
really burdensome and complicated,
really difficult to navigate. There's
really nothing like helping people,
helping a family be able to stay together. It's pretty amazing."
Although her law degree is from
the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and her master's is from
KU, Williams credits Baker for her
passion.
"I took an interterm class that was
called Latin American Fiction and
Film," she said. "We watched movies and read about recent history in
Latin America, some really terrible
things happened in Latin America
in the '70s and '80s. It really got me
passionate about working in that
area. I decided to go to grad school
and focus in Latin American history
because of that interterm class."

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