Yliana Johansen-Méndez co-teaches Introduction to Lawyer-Client Relationship at UCLA School of Law. She is currently managing attorney at Immigrant Defenders Law Center where she provides direct representation to unaccompanied minors before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), and in California state court child welfare, guardianship and custody proceedings.
Previously, Ms. Johansen-Méndez was a senior asylum officer at USCIS, a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, served as attorney advisor at the Las Vegas Immigration Court through the U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program, and was a 2011 Equal Justice Works Fellow at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND).
Ms. Johansen-Méndez received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Occidental College, and her J.D. from Boston College Law School.