Mr. Raymond Partolan is an Immigration Paralegal at Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC working primarily on complex family-based immigration cases. Before joining Kuck | Baxter Immigration, LLC, Raymond spent several years as the Program Associate at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, a nonprofit law and advocacy center for Asian Americans across the Southeast. There, he was a BIA Accredited Representative and prepared family immigration petitions for the most underserved populations. His work there was also instrumental in helping to triple Asian American voter turnout in Georgia from 2012 to 2016. His team led the charge to register over 11,000 new voters, engage with thousands of historically underrepresented community members, and defeat anti-immigrant legislation at the Georgia State Capitol.
For almost a decade, Raymond has been a fearless advocate for immigrant and refugee communities. He is a DACA recipient who was brought to the United States from the Philippines at the age of one, and grew up in Macon, Georgia. At the age of ten, his family lost their immigration status and became undocumented. Thankfully, in 2012, Raymond became a beneficiary of the Obama-era DACA program, which allowed him to regain a semblance of normalcy in his life, allowing him to legally work and drive. In 2013, he was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the University System of Georgia challenging its decision to bar DACA recipients from receiving in-state tuition at Georgia schools. He has lobbied for immigration reform at the local, state, and federal levels of government, traveling the country to share his experience struggling through America’s immigration system.
He received a certificate from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. for his coursework on immigration law and graduated summa cum laude from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Raymond is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Tagalog. Apart from his work at Kuck | Baxter Immigration, LLC, he sits on the Board of Advisors of Freedom University, is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta, and is an independent consultant for nonprofit organizations, political campaigns, and other entities.