Valerie Sprout

Valerie K. Sprout joined the firm in 2011 as an associate attorney. Her practice is focused on family and humanitarian based applications, including asylum, adjustment of status, naturalization, and consular processing. Valerie also represents clients in removal proceedings at the Kansas City Immigration Court. Valerie is a passionate advocate of immigrant rights and is a frequent presenter to both legal and community groups in Kansas City. She speaks Spanish.

Valerie is a 2011 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. During law school, Valerie distinguished herself as a semi-finalist in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Brooklyn, New York and was Co-President of the Hispanic Law Student Association at UMKC. She worked as a law clerk on a variety of immigration cases including asylum, cancellation of removal, marriage based petitions, and fiancé visas.

  • Naturalization Applications
  • Removal Defense
  • Asylum – affirmative & defensive
  • Refugee/Asylee Derivative Applications
  • Humanitarian Parole
  • Cancellation of Removal
  • Petitions for Administrative Closure and Prosecutorial Discretion
  • Appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”)
  • Federal Litigation
  • Fiancé Visa Petitions
  • Request for Evidence (“RFE”) Responses
  • Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) Petitions
  • U Visa Petitions for Victims of Serious Crimes
  • T Visas for Victims of Human Trafficking
  • Family-Based Lawful Permanent Residence (“Green Card”) Petitions
  • I-751 Petitions to Remove Conditions on Permanent Residence
  • Applications for Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”)
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) Applications
  • Consular Processing
  • I-601 & I-212 Waivers
  • I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers
  • Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) investigations
  • Applications for Certificate of Citizenship
  • Special Immigrant Visas (“SIV”) – including special immigrant juveniles, Afghans and Iraqis who were employed by/on behalf of the U.S. Government, and widow(er).
  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2011
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Kansas, 2008
  • B.A., Spanish, University of Kansas, 2008
  • Member, MO/KAN American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • MO/KAN Chapter Secretary, American Immigration Lawyers Association (2014-2015)
  • Member, Missouri Bar Association
  • Member, Missouri Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Member, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Supreme Court of Missouri, 2011
  • Federal District Court of Western Missouri, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2012
  • Presenter: Human Trafficking Awareness Event, Missouri State Legislature, Jefferson City, MO, January 26, 2016
  • Presenter: “How to Volunteer in Baby Jail,” Missouri/Kansas AILA Chapter, Kansas City, MO, October 9, 2015
  • Presenter: “Immigration Options and Updates,” Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS, October 7, 2015
  • Co-Presenter: “Celebrating the Mexican Worker,” Consulado de México, Kansas City, MO, September 3, 2015
  • Co-Presenter: “Family Adjustment of Status Cases,” Missouri/Kansas AILA Chapter Conference, St. Louis, MO, March 20, 2015
  • Co-Presenter: “Ethical Considerations of Retainer Agreements,” Missouri/Kansas AILA Chapter, Kansas City, MO, January 16, 2015
  • Presenter: “Immigration Options for Refugees,” Central United Methodist Church, Kansas City, MO, September 28, 2014
  • Co-Presenter: “Immigration Options and Updates,” Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS, September 24, 2014
  • Co-Presenter: “Immigration Reform – A DREAM or Reality?,” Donnelly College, Kansas City, KS, September 16, 2014
  • Co-Presenter: “Immigration Relief for the Undocumented and Victims of Violence,” Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO, August 20, 2014
  • Co-Presenter: “Keeping Cool When CIS Turns up the Heat”, Missouri/Kansas AILA Chapter, February 8, 2013
  • Co-Presenter: “Representing Victims in U, T, and VAWA Applications,” Kansas Bar Association Webinar, March 26, 2013
  • Valerie is a 2016 Midwest Voices panelist for the Kansas City Star.
  • In 2015, Valerie joined Roger McCrummen and Ramon Valdez in volunteering with the CARA project by providing pro-bono legal counsel to women and children detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.
  • Valerie is a member of the Friends of the Johnson County Library.