Carolina T. Curbelo
Clients often want to know how I got started in immigration law. I am an attorney who cares about my clients and community. My professional and personal philosophy includes giving back in ways that makes a meaningful difference to the communities to which I dedicate my practice. I am a firm believer in Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of ‘being the change you want to see in the world’.
- American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA)
- Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ)
- New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA)
- National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
- State of New Jersey
- United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
- Circuit of Appeals, Third Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
The Law Office in Ridgewood, NJ
Carolina T. Curbelo represents individuals in immigration proceedings before the U.S. Immigration Courts, as well as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for family-based applications, naturalization, and humanitarian assistance such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), U visas, VAWA and T visas.
She is significantly experienced in representing clients on humanitarian immigration applications, including asylum, withholding of removal and relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).
Carolina has represented political activists, fleeing gang gender violence, members of the LGBTQ community from around the world. She is particularly adept at representing unaccompanied minor children and adolescents.
Her experience also includes family-based immigration claims, immigration bail bonds and immigration assistance for those with criminal records. Additionally, she advises small businesses and entrepreneurs on commercial immigration matters.
As a mother of two exceptional children, Carolina T. Curbelo has first-hand experience negotiating and experiencing the special education process. She has represented parents and children at IEP meetings, due process hearings and settlement negotiations.
During the summer, in law school, she worked as a real estate agent for her aunt’s real estate agency in northern New Jersey, from offering to closing. That is why she provides insightful advice and the representation that real estate clients need.
She focuses on providing personalized service and attention regardless of the complexity or simplicity of the real estate issue.
Carolina has represented sellers and buyers of all types of real estate, be it residential, commercial or condominium properties. She is also experienced in representing clients dealing with mortgages.
Graduated from Vermont Law School and Rutgers University, Carolina speaks Spanish fluently. After law school, she worked for the Hon. Joseph S. Conte, JSC in the Bergen County Superior Court Civil Division.
From September 2006 to October 2011, she worked in the litigation and business development departments of Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP, a famous international law firm based in New York.
From October 2011 to May 2015, she served as a mediator for the state of New Jersey to resolve labor disputes, and as an unemployment appeals examiner for the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Carolina T. Curbelo is the daughter of Cuban refugees who grew up hearing stories from her parents and her grandparents who fled the political persecution of Fidel Castro’s Cuba.
In 2015, she decided to take a pro bono case representing an unaccompanied minor who fled his home country due to gangs and gender-based violence. After patiently working with the child client for about a year, she successfully obtained an affirmative asylum grant on behalf of this child.
Carolina also serves as a pro bono attorney for Northeast New Jersey Legal Services, Kids in Need for Defense (KIND) and Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ). She was the president of the Pro Bono liaison of AILA-NJ from 2018 to 2019.