NEW YORK -- Immigration Judge Aviva Poczter from the Executive Office for Immigration Review, New York Immigration Court, delivered the keynote speech and administered the oath of allegiance to approximately 150 candidates during a naturalization ceremony at 26 Federal Plaza in New York on June 7, 2013. The New York District Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, hosted the ceremony.
Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Judge Poczter in December 2010. Judge Poczter received a bachelor of arts degree in 1996 from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada and a juris doctorate degree in 1999 from American University, Washington College of Law. From 2002 to December 2010, she worked for the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Immigration Litigation, as a trial attorney from 2002 to 2005, and as a senior litigation counsel from 2005 to December 2010. From 2000 to 2002, she served as an attorney advisor for the DOJ, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), Board of Immigration Appeals. From 1999 to 2000, she was a judicial law clerk for EOIR’s Boston Immigration Court. Judge Poczter is a member of the State Bar of Massachusetts and the New York State Bar.
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The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is an agency within the Department of Justice. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals interpret and adjudicate immigration cases according to United States immigration laws. EOIR’s immigration judges conduct administrative court proceedings in immigration courts located throughout the nation. They determine whether foreign-born individuals—whom the Department of Homeland Security charges with violating immigration law—should be ordered removed from the United States or should be granted relief from removal and be permitted to remain in this country. The Board of Immigration Appeals primarily reviews appeals of decisions by immigration judges. EOIR’s Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer adjudicates immigration-related employment cases. EOIR is committed to ensuring fairness in all of the cases it adjudicates.