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Himani Bhardwaj, Immigration Attorney

Himani Bhardwaj is a first generation immigrant to the United States whose experience has profoundly shaped her professional career as an immigration attorney.  An immigrant herself and a human rights advocate at heart (read more on Himani’s work in Mexico and Iraq), she appreciates the opportunities, dreams, and freedom immigrating to the US brings to fellow immigrants. She is equally mindful that the road to empowerment is full of hurdles.  This is where Himani Bhardwaj strives in providing honest, practical, and thorough advise to her clients.

Born in Punjab, India, Himani has been an immigrant in Argentina, Thailand, and USA. This experience has led to her love for multiculturalism, diversity, and the desire to work with immigrants from around the world. She loves meeting fellow immigrants because each story is unique and inspiring, motivating her to dedicate 110% of her efforts to helping clients achieve their goals and dreams.

In her free time, Himani enjoys traveling with her husband (also a first generation immigrant), trying different ethnic, and watching International House Hunters on HGTV.


Education

DePaul University College of Law, J.D.
Certificate in International & Comparative Law
 De Paul University
Beijing Foreign Studies University
International Trade, Beijing, China
study abroad
 Beijing Foreign Studies University
University of Chicago, B.A.
International Studies
cum laude
 University of Chicago
American Institute of Indian Studies
South Asian Civilization, Pune, India
study abroad
 American Institute of Indian Studies

Languages

Spanish (Full professional proficiency)  Español
Hindi (Native proficiency)  मुखपृष्ठ
Punjabi (Native proficiency)  ਮੁੱਖ_ਸਫ਼ਾ
Urdu (Bilingual proficiency)  صفحہ_اول

Countries Lived

Argentina
India
Iraq
Mexico
Thailand

Professional membership

American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA)
Iowa & New York Chapter Member
University of Chicago Alum Association
Chicago Chapter
International School Bangkok Association

Work Experience

Immigration Attorney, HBM Law Offices, LLC
In-Country Director
U.S. Dep’t of State Supporting Democracy in Iraq Grant
International Human Rights Law Institute
Sulaymaniya, Iraq
Jeanne M. & Joseph P. Sullivan
International Human Rights Fellow
Chicago, IL
Human Rights Intern
El Centro de Derechos Humanos y
Asesoría a Pueblos Indígenas
Oaxaca/Tlaxiaco, Mexico

Publications

S. Bill 744: Benefits & Limitations for Foreign National Entrepreneurs (Vol. 51, No. 2) for Illinois State Bar Association International and Immigration Law Newsletter “The Globe” (2013)

Pro Bono

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS)
2012 – 2013, Pro-bono cases
Indo-American Center, Chicago
2012 – 2013, Pro-bono cases
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
2012 – 2013, Naturalization workshops

Awards & Recognition

Jeanne M. & Joseph P. Sullivan International Human Rights Fellowship 2009 – 2010, Chicago, IL
Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition 2010, Hong Kong, China