Born in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Aracely Palomares-Neeley migrated to Texas with her family when she was 7 years old. The family settled in Pasadena, Texas where she attended St. Pius V Catholic School and then graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in 1984.
Since the age of 12, Aracely set her sights on becoming a counselor. To that end, she graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology while obtaining a double minor in English and Sociology, capturing the joy of excelling in writing and literature.
Her first job out of college was working for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, beginning with the Income Assistance Program. She then transferred to Children’s Protective Services (CPS) where she was soon promoted to lead investigator. At CPS, she was tasked with the responsibilities of training new recruits and spearheading the videotaping of sexual abuse interviews of young children for grand jury proceedings.
As a lead investigator for CPS, Aracely was classified as an Expert Witness for both Liberty and Chambers County courts due to her exceptional work and thorough investigations in cases of child abuse and neglect. During her tenure with CPS, Aracely's investigations of child abuse cases always detailed the extent of the abuse which included child, parent and perpetrator interviews, often while in hostile circumstances.
While working as a CPS investigator, she decided to pursue a graduate degree and entered University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work in September 1990. Working full-time and attending night classes, she graduated in 1994 with a Master of Social Work degree (GPA 3.6), with a focus on the treatment of families and children. Aracely passed her first licensing board examination in May 1994 and began to practice social work.
After almost 5 years of working for CPS, Aracely ventured out and worked at various places gaining experience in a variety of fields including working with the Hispanic HIV/AIDS population, outpatient medical clinics, home healthcare and in hospice where she held the position of Bereavement Manager, fully utilizing her expertise as a medical social worker.
With this varied clinical background, Aracely completed two years of post-graduate clinical supervision from 1996-1998, allowing her to advance to the next professional step to acquire independent licensure after passing the second board exam as an advanced clinical practitioner (ACP) in December 1999 (which is now recognized as Licensed Clinical Social Worker LCSW).
Aracely has been in private practice since 2004. In 2009, she moved into her own office where she initially offered grief counseling before establishing her immigration practice. She initially began writing “letters” for immigration in 1993 while working for A.V.E.S., a non-profit Ryan White funded organization which offered support services to Hispanic individuals with HIV/AIDS. Aracely wrote letters requesting temporary visas so that the family living in other countries would be granted the opportunity to visit their dying family member in Texas.
Since 2010, Aracely has devoted 100% of her practice to helping clients with immigration evaluations. Her knowledge of immigration has expanded from working with two attorneys to now receiving referrals from more than 150+ attorneys and notaries. Aracely provides detailed and clinically accurate evaluations for the following types of immigration cases: 601-Waivers, U-Visas, VAWA, Political Asylum, T-Visa, and Cancellation of Removal (deportation).
Aracely’s dedication has led her to establish long-term relationships with not just the attorneys but the clients as well. Her comprehensive clinical knowledge paired with direct client experience since 1989 is the foundation that allows her to provide an excellent work product.
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