Sharon Morales is paralegal at the Franco Law Group, APLC. Sharon is the daughter of immigrant parents who have found their path to lawful residency in the United States. Sharon is aware that may not always be the case for many immigrants residing in the United States today, for which many fall victims to immigration fraud and/or become separated from their families. That is why Sharon is passionate about working towards fair and legal representation for a community that works hard to better themselves and their loved ones here in the United States.
Sharon has been working for Franco Law Group, APLC for two years and during that time she has excelled in assisting attorneys with cases before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Sharon received a B.A. in International Studies with a focus in Latin America and a B.A. in Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. While attending UC Irvine, Sharon worked closely with a professor that specializes in Latino incorporation and assimilation in the United States.
During her undergraduate career, Sharon was a student volunteer for UC Irvine’s Parent Student Orientation Program. Sharon hosted incoming freshman, transfer, and international students for the upcoming school year. The program required its members to undergo a twelve-week training where Sharon was educated about the LGBT community, low-income/first generation students, international students, and UCI’s Campus Assault Resources and Education office. Sharon also served as a Spanish translator for parents during various orientation workshops and activities.
Sharon was also an active member of UC Irvine’s Pi Beta Phi.
Before earning her degree, Sharon was very active in her community. In Spring 2014, she served as an intern at a law firm in Santa Ana in their immigration division. She worked closely with an attorney at the firm who specialized on I-130, Petition for Immigrant Relative and Consular Processing cases before USCIS. Many of her responsibilities included but were not limited collecting documents and utilizing her language skills by translating legal documents.
Shortly after graduation, Sharon worked at the U.S. House of Representatives as an intern for a California Congressman, where she assisted staff with legislative, administrative, and press related projects. While on Capitol Hill, Sharon had the opportunity to attend briefings, many of which dealt with unaccompanied minors and victims of human trafficking.
Sharon spent a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina and attended the Universidad de Belgrano. While taking classes abroad, Sharon gained invaluable insight on social, economic, and political issues from a Latin American perspective. Sharon also visited Chile and Uruguay.
Sharon loves hiking and listening to Ricardo Arjona!