Pina N. Cirillo is a Supervising Attorney with the Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic's Detention and Deportation Defense Initiative (DDDI), a state-funded program to provide pro bono representation to detained and non-detained New Jersey residents in their immigration proceedings. In addition to appearing in immigration court, she litigates cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals, Circuit Courts of Appeals, and District Courts. In May 2022, she presented oral arguments to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, where she defended a client with severe mental health issues against deportation.
Pina is also an Adjunct Professor in the Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic, where she co-teaches the seminar class and advises clinical students on their representation of active client cases. She is also an Adjunct Professor for the Villanova Interdisciplinary Immigration Studies Training for Advocates (VIISTA), an online educational program that trains students to become immigrant advocates and Department of Justice Accredited Representatives.
Pina has spoken at several local immigration conferences, and authored an academic publication in the Executive Office for Immigration Review's Immigration Law Advisor on the Immigration and Nationality Act's drug removability statutes.
Prior to joining Rutgers, Pina worked for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C.; Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP in Matawan, NJ; and the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review in Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey. She earned a Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Miami.