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Marco Balducci

Marco Balducci | Pelton + Balducci

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Compassionate Family Immigration Lawyer in New Orleans, LA

Marco is a Southerner, first-generation U.S. citizen, born to parents who immigrated to Jackson, MS from Rome, Italy. He is a dual U.S. and Italian citizen. He has practiced immigration law since 2007. His favorite part of this practice is learning the stories of his clients, who come from all corners of the world. Many of them have taken significant risks to build their future in the United States, some even putting their lives on the line.

Marco began his career with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO) in a staff attorney position created to serve the Greater New Orleans immigrant community, which had increased significantly post-Katrina. In that capacity, he assisted in the creation and implementation of the federally funded Legal Orientation Program (LOP) at Louisiana’s largest immigration detention center, the LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, LA.

Marco is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and from 2008 to 2010 served as AILA’s liaison to the New Orleans Field Office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). From 2015 to 2019 he served as the AILA liaison to the New Orleans Asylum Sub-Office. In 2017, he was honored to receive the “Faith in the Marketplace” award from his parish of St. Alphonsus, which confers the award on individuals who have demonstrated faith in their work and community. In 2018, Marco was selected as the immigration attorney for the Tulane University Legal Assistance Program (TULAP), and he has served in this capacity since then. Through TULAP, he provides consultations on a range of immigration issues impacting Tulane students, faculty, and staff.

He is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and California (inactive in California). He earned a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1999. During his undergraduate career, he spent an academic year at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. He earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2006. He is fluent in Spanish and Italian, and proficient in French.

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