Attorney Harmony Mancino
Harmony is a California licensed attorney whose great grandparents worked as coal miners in West Virginia after immigrating from Italy in the early 1900s. Moving from the Midwest to San Antonio, Texas as a teenager introduced Harmony to the world of Spanish, Mexican-American culture, and two new best friends from Ecuador. The beauty of the Spanish language and the rich variety of Latin American experience inspired Harmony to major in Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin.
After graduating from the University of Texas, Harmony worked as an immigration paralegal at the North Carolina Justice Center where she defended indigent immigrants from removal. Harmony then went on to law school and became licensed in North Carolina in 2012. While working as a Staff Attorney for the Immigration Project, a non-profit organization providing legal services to underserved rural communities, Harmony ran the organization’s DACA program. After moving to California in 2014, Harmony represented Monterey and San Mateo County immigrants in removal proceedings.
Becoming licensed in California then led to Harmony taking on family-law cases, including divorce petitions, custody petitions and seeking restraining orders. Harmony has many years of experience working with domestic-violence survivors, children and other vulnerable individuals. She believes that by approaching each case with a spirit of creativity, zeal, and collaboration, even the most “impossible” cases can be won. Harmony feels privileged to practice immigration law because immigrant clients are a delight to work with, and because she has seen how winning an immigration case for one individual can have positive ripple effects across multiple generations.
Serves the Entire
Individuals who have been victims of certain qualifying crimes, suffered physical or mental harm as a result of that crime and assists law enforcement in the apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrator of that crime may be eligible for this form of immigration relief. Individuals who are eligible for this form of immigration relief may also be able to obtain derivative relief for their family members, including their spouse, child, parent or sibling.
Domestic Violence Restraining Order
An individual can seek a domestic violence restraining order against his or her (1) spouse or former spouse, (2) cohabitant or former cohabitant, (3) a person with whom he or she is having, or has had, a dating or engagement relationship, (4) a person with whom he or she has had a child, or (5) close relative such as a child, sibling, parent, in-law or grandparent.
Parentage refers to who the court will recognize and impose parental obligations on as the child’s legal parent. In some cases, the law presumes that certain individuals are a child’s parents. In other cases, the parent (and in some cases, the child) must seek an order from the court that identifies the child’s legal parents.