I have been practicing immigration law since 2012. My legal practice is focused on helping immigrants obtain legal status in the United States and defending those who face removal (deportation).
Most of my current caseload involves the representation of individuals in removal/deportation proceedings. I represent many clients that have been living in the United States for the majority of their life but have been convicted of, or are currently facing, criminal charges. My clients find themselves in immigration court for criminal charges ranging from minor traffic infractions to serious federal felonies involving drug trafficking, money laundering, and even attempted murder. However, many of my clients have no criminal records and are facing immigration issues based solely on the location of their birth.
I am extremely passionate about my work because I believe our Government should treat all people equally regardless of where they were born and that our laws should not be construed or enforced to result in the senseless separation or destruction of immigrant families. I was born and raised in New York City, a city built by immigrants, and one that proudly displays the 305 foot-tall Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants in our harbor. So I fight hard for my clients in the hope that they may have an opportunity to pursue the same American dream through which so many earlier immigrants have prospered.
I volunteer with the Safe Passage Project, providing legal assistance to unaccompanied minors that were arrested by immigration authorities entering the US. These brave young children, fleeing narco-violence and extreme poverty, journey for months, alone, through hundreds of miles of mountains and deserts to get to be reunited with family in the US. I provide pro bono legal representation to children in these situations when possible.
I graduated from New York Law School with a Public Interest Certificate, an honor awarded to students that demonstrated dedication to public service. While studying at New York Law School I volunteered with the Unemployment Action Center, representing individuals that lost their jobs and were wrongfully denied unemployment benefits. I also volunteered with the Street Law Program, mentoring 6th graders at a middle school in the Bronx and teaching them about the legislative process and their constitutional rights. I had the privilege of serving as the President of the Federalist Society’s New York Law School Chapter for two years. As President, I was honored to have had the opportunity to travel around the country meeting members of Congress and Supreme Court Justices.
Prior to attending law school, I lived in Mexico City (La Condesa) briefly, studying Mexican Culture and Art History at Universidad Iberoamericana.
Awards & Recognitions
In 2016 & 2017 Joseph Caraccio was recognized by ASLA and the National Advocates as one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 in the area of immigration law. Joseph Caraccio was also recognized as one of the 10 best immigration lawyers in New York for 2016 & 2017.
Super Lawyers® awarded Joseph Caraccio as a Rising Star ™ in the field of immigration law in 2017, 2018 and again in 2019. Super Lawyers® evaluate each candidate on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Less than 2% of attorneys are recognized or awarded by Super Lawyers® so recognition by Super Lawyers® is truly a testament to Mr. Caraccio's skills and knowledge in the area of immigration law and his reputation in the legal community.
Joseph Caraccio was awarded the Silver Client Champion Award from Martindale Hubbellin 2018, recognizing him for excellent client reviews and recommendations.
"Joseph helped me through the naturalization process and helped me receive my citizenship. He was so helpful, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. He was a pleasure to work with and I would use him in the future and recommend him to anyone looking for a great lawyer! Thanks to him I get to stay in America with my beautiful wife and I could not thank him enough!" - Lukasz
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"I met with Mr. Caraccio to discuss my options. He was professional, kind, and extremely knowledgable. He gave my case personal attention. He always made himself available to me when I had questions. During a very trying time in my life Mr. Caraccio helped me through the whole process." -KS