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Yesenia L. Polanco-Galdamez

Yesenia L. Polanco-Galdamez

Attorney Yesenia L. Polanco-Galdamez started practicing Criminal Defense and Immigration Law in Fayad Law's North Carolina office in 2012. Attorney Polanco and her family emigrated from El Salvador to the U.S. in the early 80's and she has called North Carolina home since the early 90's.

She received her undergraduate degree in Romance Languages and Latino/a Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, and her J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia School of Law in 2008.

Attorney Polanco is a contributor to La Noticia's "Dudas del Inmigrante" weekly column and also Fayad Law, P.C.'s monthly blog. She is a long-standing community leader and advocate.

Yesenia is a fan of food, dancing, laughing with family and friends, and down time with her husband, Ben. She is passionately devoted to leadership and social change, learning, and all things positive. She also enjoys practicing yoga, telling stories, serving as her family's therapist, and mentoring "younger" people.


  • N.C. Bar Association For All Committee
  • N.C. Bar Association Latino/a Affairs Committee
  • UNC Chapel Hill SLI - Student Latino Initiative Board Member
  • Former Board Member of Casa El Salvador, 2011-2013
  • Former Board Member of the Woman's Birth and Wellness Center, 2012-2013
  • Former Board Member of Diamante, Inc., 2011-2013

Speaking Engagements:

  • "Latino/as in the Legal Profession" North Carolina Hispanic Professionals (N.C. 2012, 2013, 2014)
    "Developing a Client Base" North Carolina Advocates for Justice (N.C. 2014)
  • "DACA and Certain Padilla Issues" Susie Sharp Inn of Court (N.C. May 2014)
  • "Immigrants and the Affordable Care Act" Lincoln Community Health Center (N.C. 2014)
  • "Intersections of Immigration and Criminal Defense Law" ECPI University (N.C. 2013)
  • "U Visa and VAWA" InStepp (N.C. 2013)
  • "E-verify and I-9 issues related to DACA recipients" University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (N.C. 2013)
  • Regular speaker on Immigration and the Latino/a LGBT community El Centro Hispano (N.C. 2012, 2013)
  • "Developments in Immigration Law" North Carolina Women's Bar Association CLE (N.C. 2012) "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" Durham Orange Women Attorneys CLE (N.C. 2012)
  • "Traffic Law" North Carolina Advocates for Justice CLE (N.C. 2011)

Member and supporter of:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • El Centro Hispano
  • InStepp
  • NC Society of Hispanic Professionals
  • NC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Tomorrow Fund for High School Students
  • Diamante, Inc.

Community Engagements:

  • Univision 40, Guest speaker on "Vida Carolina"
  • La Noticia, Weekly column contributor
  • Que Pasa, Monthly column contributor
  • El Foro, On-line Newspaper, El Salvador, 2014
    La Ley Radio Station, Speaker

Practice Areas:

  • Asylum
  • Naturalization/citizenship
  • Family based petitions
  • Removal defense
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Traffic matters
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies

Languages: English, Spanish

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