Immigration attorney to speak at CVCC Community Book Discussion

Tanya Powers Immigration AttorneyCatawba Valley Community College’s Humanities Department invites the public to the Nov. 12 presentation at noon about Pulitzer Prize winning author Sonia Nazario’s book “Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with his Mother.”

Special guest and immigration lawyer Tanya Powers will facilitate the Nov. 12 presentation. The third in a series of three this fall, the presentation will be held in the East Wing Auditorium located on the CVCC Main Campus on U.S. Hwy. 70 SE in Hickory.

With offices in Hickory and Charlotte, Powers is dedicated to the practice of United States immigration and naturalization law. She represents individuals and businesses. She is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. While there, she worked at the school’s Immigrant Rights Clinic and as a judicial intern with the Baltimore Immigration Court.

Prior to attending law school, Powers worked as a human resources professional. That experienced provided her with an appreciation of the particular difficulties immigrants face in their daily lives and the distinct challenges employers face in balancing productivity, regulatory compliance and workforce fulfillment.

Published in 2006, “Enrique’s Journey” puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States. Nazario recounts the journey of a Honduran boy looking for his mother in the United States. The book was named one of the year’s best by the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, and San Antonio Express-News. It is also among the most chosen books as a freshman or common read.

The college will also host a visit by the author next spring that is open to the public. For more details on upcoming discussions, visit

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