Law Office of Thomas Woodward

Thomas woodward

Thomas Woodward is an American attorney who obtained a B.A. in International Studies from American University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar. Since graduating from law school, he has worked exclusively in the immigration field with an emphasis on asylum and international human rights issues. He has represented clients in the Arlington and Baltimore Immigration Courts, the Arlington Asylum Office, and numerous USCIS field offices. After gaining experience in the field, he formed the Law Office of Thomas Woodward with Anahita Avestaei and Esteli Isaias-Caleca to better focus on their collective desire to assist immigrants from all corners of the globe, with a particular emphasis on providing aid to the most vulnerable communities.

anahita avestaei

Anahita Avestaei is an Iranian law graduate who had obtained her LL.B. from University of Shahid Beheshti and a Master of Law in Human Rights from University of Tehran, Iran. In 2010, she immigrated to Washington, DC where she successfully finished another Master of Law (LL.M.) at American University. She is currently obtaining a Master of Liberal Arts at University of Pennsylvania. From 2011 to 2014, Anahita focused on human rights advocacy for Middle Eastern Nongovernmental Organizations. In 2014, she began working in the immigration field with a focus on human rights related immigration procedures such as asylum and human trafficking visas. In October 2015, she started a new law firm, Law Office of Thomas Woodward with two others to pursue her passion for applying human rights at national level and helping victims of human rights violations with providing them a safe haven.

esteli isaias-caleca

Estelí Isaías is a Venezuelan attorney and an Immigration Specialist with the Law Office of Thomas Woodward.  Prior to that, she worked as a Foreign Consultant with the Law Office of Alan M. Parra and volunteered at the CARECEN, an NGO that provides community outreach and legal services to Latino immigrants throughout Washington D.C.  Estelí also provided legal support services to the Legal Department of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and for several years worked in family and business private practice in Caracas, Venezuela. Estelí earned a Master of Laws in International Business Law (LL.M.) from American University Washington College of Law, while interning at both the Trade Attaché Office for the Embassy of Chile in Washington, D.C. and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).  She also earned a Bachelor of Laws from the Universidad Santa Maria in Caracas, Venezuela. Estelí is married and has a beautiful young daughter, Sofia.  She remains passionate about immigration law, volunteer work in immigrant communities, and human rights around the world.