Henry Cruz joined the firm in 2005 as an Associate Attorney, and became Partner in 2009. He has practiced immigration law for over 10 years, including removal defense, family-based petitions and adjustment of status, citizenship applications, VAWA applications, U visas, asylum, and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Prior to joining Rios & Cruz, he was the Project Coordinator at Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice in Seattle, WA and the Coordinating Attorney at the Political Asylum Project of Austin in Texas.
He has volunteered as a pro bono attorney with Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Immigrant Families Advocacy Project with the University of Washington School of Law. He was awarded the Miembro Excepcional award for 2007 by the Latino Bar Association of Washington, and was named the 2008 Latino Hero of Washington by Regence Blue Shield. He was also awarded the 2009 Pro Bono Award for Most Significant Pro Bono Work Having the Greatest Impact by the Washington State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Henry is admitted to practice in Washington State and Texas, the Western District of Washington, and the Ninth and Fifth Circuit courts of appeals.