DePaul University College of Law
Juris Doctor May 2012
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor is Spanish, conferred magna cum laude May 2008
Asian Legal Studies Institute, Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU)
Christine Varghese was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. A first-generation daughter of immigrants, she has developed a deep compassion for the immigrant experience early in her life. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received her Bachelor’s of Art in History with a minor in Spanish. While still an undergraduate she assisted pro se individuals at the Champaign County Courthouse in small claims and family law. She then obtained her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law where she active in the school’s mediation team and won an award for her mediation skills at the 2012 International Mediation Competition.
At DePaul, Christine was honored to be chosen to work at the International Human Rights Institute in Beijing, China assisting HIV positive individuals, women and children, and other marginalized groups in Chinese society. Upon returning from Beijing, she was inspired by her experience abroad and produced a documentary on comparative public interest law with for the purpose of motivating legal practitioners in China to engage in advocacy for vulnerable populations. She was able to garner support in the United States to hold an educational conference on public interest law for Chinese law students and attorneys in Beijing.
Prior to joining the firm, she worked for one of the city’s most well-known workers’ rights litigation firms. However, her true calling was human rights work and she found that she was able to make a both a local and an international impact in immigration deportation defense. Ms. Varghese is a dedicated and zealot advocate for her clients. She has worked on hundreds of cases and successfully represented clients in a wide range of immigration relief, especially waivers, VAWA petitions, U-Visas, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal for non-permanent and permanent residents, asylum, and U.N. Convention against Torture (CAT) cases.