Kara Lynum has significant knowledge of immigration law and policy issues, an ability to build and maintain relationships, and experience collaborating with nonprofits, governmental groups and elected officials. She has over ten years of experience in immigration law.  She regularly files petitions and waivers with U.S. CIS, U.S. consulates abroad and appears before immigration judges.  

She practies primarily in family-based and humanitarian immigration by crafting immigration solutions for families who want to live together in the United States, have been the victims of crimes or are fleeing violence in their home country.

She raised over $100,000 for Al Otro Lado’s unaccompanied minor shelter in Tijuana, as well as over $30,000 in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) filing fees for the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

Kara served as Travel Ban Rapid Response Attorney and Volunteer Coordinator for The Advocates for Human Rights and helped lead 300+ volunteer attorneys at MSP Airport following the Muslim Bans.

Kara has made four trips to family detention centers to represent detained asylum-seekers.  In December 2018, she went to Tijuana to represent asylum seekers and was in an 18-hour impasse (with 2 Members of Congress) with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to facilitate 20 asylum-seekers presenting themselves for asylum at a port of entry, as covered by, and quoted in The New York Times, NBC News and Minnesota Public Radio.

Awards

  • 2015 National Advocate of the Year, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
  • 2015 Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer
  • 2016 Access to Justice Award, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
  • 2017 Pro Bono Champion, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Minnesota/Dakotas chapter)
  • 2017 Special Recognition Award, The Advocates for Human Rights
  • 2018 Unsung Hero, Minneapolis City Pages
  • 2019 40 Under 40, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • 2019 Paul Marino People's Lawyer, National Lawyers Guild (Minnesota chapter)

Selected Media Appearances

Trump administration ready to deport, turn back asylum seekers after Supreme Court ruling, Washington Post, September 12, 2019

Honduran Migrant Seen Fleeing Tear Gas With Her Toddlers Now in U.S., The New York Times, December 18, 2018

Advocates: Trump admin lying when it says it can't process any more asylum seekers, NBC News, December 18, 2018

Two Minnesota attorneys' trip to the border captures 18-hour standoff with officials, Minnesota Public Radio, January 10, 2019

What happens to kids seeking asylum?, Kare11 News, December 28, 2018

Minneapolis mayor, officers clash over displaying placard in squad car, Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 10, 2018

Amid DACA uncertainty, more than 150 Minnesotans chip in to cover applicants' fees, MinnPost, February 8, 2018

Selected CLE Presentations

  • Advanced Crimmigration Part II, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter), October 2012
  • Immigration Law for Family Lawyers: Part I, Ramsey County Bar Association, October 2014
  • Immigration Law for Family Lawyers, Part II, Ramsey County Bar Association, January 2015
  • Artesia:  A Volunteer's Perspective, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter), November 2014
  • President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions and Your Practice, Ramsey County Bar Association, February 26, 2015
  • U Visas, American Immigration Lawyers Association Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, April 24, 2015 
  • Family Detention:  A Crisis Within Our Borders, University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts and School of Public Health and St. Thomas School of Law, November 2015, April 2016, November 2016, April 2017
  • Issues in Inadmissibility, American Immigration Lawyers Association Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, May 12, 2016
  • Immigration Law for Family Attorneys, Ramsey County Bar Association, December 1, 2016
  • President Trump’s Executive Orders Relating to Travel, Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, March 11, 2017
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, American Immigration Lawyers Association Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, May 19, 2017
  • National Conference Recap, American Immigration Lawyers Association Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, July 2017
  • Empowerment of Women in the Courtroom, American Immigration Lawyers Association, October 2017
  • I-601 and I-601A Waivers and Advocacy Essentials, American Immigration Lawyers Association Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter Annual Conference, March 2018
  • How to Survive Your First Years as an Immigration Attorney, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference (San Francisco, CA), June 2018
  • Immigration Victories in 2018, Minnesota State Bar Association, June 2018
  • Bad Decisions and Worst Case Scenarios: Are You Sufficiently Prepared to Respond?  American Immigration Lawyers Association Mid-Year Conference (London, UK), October 2018
  • Immigration Update, American Constitution Society Twin Cities Chapter, February 2019
  • Advanced Consular Processing, American Immigration Lawyers Association Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter Annual Conference, March 2019
  • Travel Ban: Which Countries, Which Types of Visas and Waivers, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference (Orlando, FL), June 2019

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • District Court for the District of Minnesota