Wendy Whitt has always yearned to be part of an international community bringing the world’s people together. Cornell Law School and the Air Force JAG (Judge Advocate General) helped get her there.
She is happy to say that she lives the professional life she’s dreamed of – bringing couples and families together. Her clients are those who have been separated by immigration laws, politics, and thousands of miles.
As many may know, Wendy experienced first-hand the pain of separation from someone she loved due to immigration issues.
While serving in the Air Force JAG in Iraq, she fell in love with an Iraqi member of her security detail. They planned to marry and spend the rest of their lives together.
When Wendy returned to the United States, she successfully acquired a fiancé visa for him. However, it was not to be as the Iraqi government recalled him to active duty to fight terrorism.
Three years after she returned to the United States, she and her fiancé called off the engagement. The Iraqi government continued to need his services and they had to accept the fact that they would never let him go.
Accepting this was extremely difficult for Wendy and she can empathize with what others go through when outside forces keep families and loved ones apart.
Wendy’s personal life has changed a great deal since then. Two years ago, she focused on her own life and how to grow as a person. She says she was lucky enough to find true love again and married a wonderful man from the Dominican Republic whose father sponsored him when he was a teenager.
She and her husband share a great deal of the same interests such as Latin dancing, building computers, playing video games, and simply being together – knowing that might not have been possible had he not been granted a visa. They consider themselves to be very fortunate.
She is also fortunate to have her sister live nearby and they enjoy spending quality time together working out, watching Dowton Abbey with a nice glass of wine, and doing all the things that sisters do.
Wendy loves to cook and her husband’s rich culture has provided her with ample reasons to expand her culinary “repertoire” with various Latin and Caribbean dishes.
She is also passionate about animals and has two Bengal cats, Romeo and Rio – the latter whom she’s had since she returned from the war in 2008. Wendy says that keeping up with them is definitely part of her daily exercise and each enjoys “helping” her in the office when she works from home. Rio, all 20 pounds of him, helps her by sleeping on the printer, while younger Romeo helps by sitting as close to her as possible. Wendy says that, as long as think they’re helping, she’s OK with it…
When she reflects on her personal life, Wendy realizes how fortunate she is. When she reflects on her professional life, she sees how her own experiences have made her passion for helping others in these situations even stronger.
She continues to focus her energy, and her law practice, on all of the firm’s cases – which seek to unite families who are separated by immigration laws so that, they too, can one day reflect on how fortunate they are as well.