Mr. Pelino moved his office to Florence, Arizona in 2001, where he maintained his office for eight years. The office was then moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and continues to serve the detention centers in Eloy and Florence, Arizona. Prior to moving to Arizona in 2001, Mr. Pelino had a private immigration practice in Boston, Massachusetts where he also served as a Clinical Supervisor at the Boston University School of Law Civil Litigation Program. There he supervised law students in the Immigration Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services. He also served as an attorney advisor to Centro Presente, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Mr. Pelino has successfully argued many highly complex asylum and human rights matters before the Immigration Courts at Phoenix, Florence and Tucson, Arizona as well as Boston, Massachusetts and Los Angeles, California. Anthony Pelino has a particular interest and significant extensive experience in human rights based claims, including claims for asylum, withholding of removal and relief under Article III of the United Nations Convention Against Torture.
Anthony was named “Attorney of the Year” by the nationally recognized Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project of Boston and has received numerous awards and recognition for his dedication to asylum seekers, including recognition from the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, Latino Health Institute, and Amnesty International. Mr. Pelino has also taken the AILA “Pro Bono Pledge” and has provided a significant amount of pro bono representation through the Florence Project, KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Latino Health Institute, Tahirih Justice Center, ALERT (Arizona League to End Regional Trafficking), Political Asylum Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project, International Institute of Boston, and various individuals directly requesting assistance. He has also taught English language classes to immigrants through Catholic Charities and served as a tutor at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. He currently serves as a religious education instructor at St. Francis Xavier Parish.
Mr. Pelino has served as a frequent lecturer on immigration law and issues for diverse groups including the State Bar of Arizona, Detention Watch Network, Doctors of the World, Amnesty International, Immigration Equality and Chicanos por la Causa. A member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1996, he is also a member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
In his free time Anthony enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.