Sheryl T. Hurst, native Spanish speaker and founding member of Hurst Immigration, PLLC comes from a family of immigrants herself. Having resided in Memphis, TN for almost 20 years, she now considers Memphis, TN her home, but still holds her native country, Honduras at heart. Ms. Hurst resided in Honduras, for several years and has had first hand experience of the plight of immigrants fleeing from natural disaster, economic turmoil, and persecution.
Ms. Hurst earned her bachelors degree from the University of Memphis where she earned a degree in both International Relations and Political Science. Her Juris Doctorate (J.D) degree was earned at the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2010. Ms. Hurst holds a Certificate in Inter-American Legal Studies from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, and a Certificate in Comparative Development from the Pontifical University of Salmanca in Salmanca, Spain. Both certificates were earned while participating in study abroad programs in Spain and Guatemala. Ms. Hurst' Certificate in Inter-American Legal Studies, has proven to be immensely valuable, having been designed to promote intercultural legal competence and provide attorneys the ability to deal with parties from different nations and cultures, this training has helped Ms. Hurst in handing disputes and matters that intersect cultural and national borders involving different legal systems.
Prior to establishing the firm, Ms. Hurst was a co-founder of Jackson & Hurst,LLC law firm where she also primarily practiced Immigration law. Ms. Hurst has previously worked with the Memphis Community Legal Center in their Immigrant Justice program, where she was a legal advocate for low-income clients in Immigration court and before USCIS. Ms. Hurst represents individual clients in all areas of U.S. Immigration law.
In 2015 Ms. Hurst traveled to Dilley, Texas to volunteer with the CARA Pro-Bono project, providing representation to detained families. The CARA Pro Bono Project was initiated in response to the federal governments opening of the largest immigrant family detention center, the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) in Dilley, Texas in 2014. The project operates a pro bono model of legal services that directly represents the mothers and children detained at STFRC.
Apart from her love of Immigration law, Ms. Hurst is an avid traveller and interested in the economic, social, and humanitarian factors that motivate immigrants to migrate from their homes. Her primary areas of interest include asylum, adjustment of status, citizenship, consular processing with waivers of inadmissibility, U-visa’s, crimmigration, and immigration relief for children and victims of domestic violence.
Ms. Hurst is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and authorized to Practice Immigration and Naturalization Law in All 50 States and US Territories Pursuant to 8 USC 1292.1.
Ms. Hurst is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Mid-South Chapter, Memphis Bar Association (MBA), American Bar Association (ABA), and Federal Bar Association (FBA), Immigration Law Section.