Demi Ongolo

Associate
ongolo@antoniniandcohen.com

Born and raised in North Carolina, Demi began learning Spanish as a teenager from her coworkers at McDonald’s. She went on to study Environmental Science & Policy at Duke University. Before she graduated, Demi’s life was forever changed after a volunteer trip to Salta, Argentina. After teaching English to children from low-income neighborhoods, she knew her life’s mission would be to advocate for families across the world who seek to escape poverty and better their lives.

Demi continued her education at the University of North Carolina School of Law where she quickly began advocating for those in need. She worked in the UNC Law Immigration Clinic, helping victims of domestic violence and gang violence with visa applications. She put her Spanish skills to work as an interpreter in a Power of Attorney Clinic. On the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, she served as a senior staff editor. She also provided criminal legal assistance in a Public Defender’s office.

For Demi, immigration law allows her to pursue her passion for serving the underserved. “Immigration law is a challenging and complex field,” she says. “I seek to simplify the complex for individuals and families as they navigate the immigration process.”

Outside of work, Demi enjoys exploring the outdoors, catching the latest Marvel and DC films, and delighting in African cuisine with her husband. She eagerly awaits the next FIFA World Cup.

Education

  • BA in Environmental Science & Policy, Duke University (2015)
  • JD, University of North Carolina School of Law (2018)

Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (pending)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association (pending)
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