Chanpone P. Sinlapasai
Chanpone Sinlapasai is a partner at Marandas Sinlapasai Garcia, LLC. She represents clients regarding general immigration law matters including family base petitions, humanitarian rights relief victims' rights protection, citizenship issues, consular processing, removal defense and appeals. Ms. Sinlapasai focuses her practice in human rights violations and assisting survivors of violent crimes (children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected, domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking). She collaborates with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and advocates to assist our immigrant and refugee community through the criminal, civil, and immigration systems.
Ms. Sinlapasai received her J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, in 2002 and is a member of the Cornelius Honor Society. She earned her B.A. (English & Philosophy), from Santa Clara University, 1998. Ms. Sinlapasai is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in an AILA co-liaison for our National Advocacy. Ms. Sinlapasai is also past-Chair for the Oregon Commission on Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs (OCAPIA) and is now currently serving as a commissioner.
Ms. Sinlapasai has been involved with the immigrant and refugee community all of her life in Oregon and California. In addition to her immigration law experience, she has first-hand knowledge of the challenges an individual and family face when coming to a new country, as her family resettled in the United States as refugees from Laos in 1980.
Her volunteer work includes serving as the past president of the board for Immigrant Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), member of the Oregon Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Immigrant Crime Victim’s Rights Enforcement subcommittee, and a member of committees including the Victims of Crime Act Advisory Committee for the State of Oregon, the DOJ’s Crime Victim’s Right Compliance Project Advisory Committee, and a member of the FBI Citizen’s Academy. In 2019, the Oregon Attorney General appointed Ms. Sinlapasai to be a member of the foreign born anti-human trafficking task force.
Awards and Achievements:
- Oregon Women's Lawyers Association Roberts and Diez Award
- Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) Minoru Yasui Voice of Change Award
- Oregon Govenor Kate Brown Oregon Woman of Achievement Award
- The Oregon State Bar President’s Public Service Award
- Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Service Award
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Gerald H. Robinson Award for Excellence in Advocacy
- U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation Director’s Community Leadership Award
- National Crime Victims Law Institute Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim’s Services Award
- The Oregon American Immigration Lawyer’s Association(AILA) Pro Bono Award