Iversy Velez is an attorney originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a major in Economics, and obtained her Juris Doctor Degree at the Law School of the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico.
Iversy Velez began her practice of law in her native Puerto Rico in 1982. In 1987 she was appointed as the General Counsel of the Board of Trustees of the Retirement System Administration for the Government Employees and the Judiciary. As part as her duties she administered the agency's appellative process, reviewed the recommendations of the administrative adjudicators and drafted the final decisions in all cases appealed before the Board of Trustees. In 1994 she returned to private practice. In 1998 she was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, and in 1999 she was admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
In October of 2005, Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher appointed Iversy Velez to the Commission of Public Advocacy where she served for four (4) years. She volunteers with several non-profit organizations that provide legal defense and interpretation services to the immigrant community. She is often called upon as a speaker upon diversity issues as it pertains to Hispanics. Her primary goal, in life and in her practice of law, is to continue giving her best to bridge gaps between immigrants and Americans.
Iversy Velez, for over a decade, has been intimately involved in activities and with organizations that develop programs specifically addressing the needs of the immigrant community. She has established a reputation for quality work and a compassionate spirit. Her practice focuses on the field of immigration law and the other multiple related legal needs of the immigrant community. She prides herself on providing the quality legal service her clients deserve.
Iversy Velez is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Immigration Project, the Kentucky Bar Association, and the District of Columbia Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
- Puerto Rico, 1982
- Kentucky, 1999
- District of Columbia, 1998
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2005
- Universidad Interamericana School of Law, San Juan, Puerto Rico
- J.D. - 1982
- University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
- B.A. - 1979
- Honors: cum laude
- Major: Economics
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Immigration Lawyers association, Member, 2007 to Present
- National Immigration Project, Member, 2007 to Present
Past Employment Positions
- Board of Trustees of the Retirement System Adm, General Counsel, 1987 to 1993