Ms. Dina Castillo Ward was born and raised in the United States and is proud of her Mexican-American heritage. Although her paternal grandfather immigrated to the United States from Mexico as a young man, Ms. Castillo Ward did not realize the impact of this country's immigration system until she interned with the former Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS), now U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, while working toward her bachelor's degree.
That internship awakened Ms. Castillo Ward's appreciation and passion for immigration law and began her journey through many aspects of the immigration process. Following the internship with INS/USCIS, Ms. Castillo Ward also worked as an Immigration Information Officer with INS/USCIS. Thereafter, Ms. Castillo Ward spent 8 years working for an immigration attorney in private practice. Finally, Ms. Castillo Ward also served as a judicial intern with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Orlando Immigration Court. This multi-faceted experience from various aspects of the immigration process provides Ms. Castillo Ward with a unique depth of understanding in representing her clients through all immigration matters.
Ms. Castillo Ward is dedicated to community involvement and maintains an active schedule of volunteer and pro bono activities. She spends time volunteering for organizations such as the UCF Community Volunteers, Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, and AILA Military Assistance Program (MAP). In 2013, Ms. Castillo Ward was honored to be a recipient of an Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award, issued by the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association. Ms. Castillo Ward is a member of the Florida Bar, American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Bar Association and Orange County Bar Association. In her spare time, Ms. Castillo Ward enjoys a regular regimen of running, working out and stand up paddle boarding (SUP).
Bachelor of Arts, Interpersonal Communications - University of Central Florida
Juris Doctorate - Barry University School of Law
Please contact Astera Law Group at 407-392-0209 for a free in-person consultation with Ms. Castillo Ward.