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Founder, Alcorn Immigration Law
Contributor, TechCrunch

I know what it’s like to be on the outside. Even though I had practiced as an immigration attorney, I gave up my career for many years to take care of my two small children. I experienced postpartum depression and things snowballed as my dad, who was my dear mentor and friend, passed away unexpectedly and then my marriage came to an end. I wondered how I could survive in Silicon Valley as a single mom without a professional network. Imposter syndrome shook me to my core. I longed to be an entrepreneur but I didn’t know a bit about coding. So, I decided to serve others. I began my immigration law firm out of my kitchen and met clients at a Peet’s in downtown Mountain View. I offered pro bono services to people facing deportation who had experienced persecution based on their sexuality or individuals who had experienced domestic violence. I thought, “Well, at least I can support others.” Little did I know that my clients were actually the ones supporting me: to believe in myself and create a new life. I’m inspired by the amazing courage of immigrants and the grit and tenacity of everybody who has the courage to follow their dreams.