Brian Hoffman grew up on a farm in rural Wooster, Ohio where he learned from an early age the value of hard work and the importance of being thorough and doing things right. He studied political science at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, where he spent semesters in Spain and Japan. While in college he taught English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to groups throughout northeast Ohio.
Brian’s first-hand experience working with members of Ohio’s rural Latino communities awakened him to the variety of legal and language communication problems that affect thousands of people in Ohio’s farms, factories and small businesses. With these needs in mind, Brian went to law school and earned his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2009.
Brian worked in the Governor’s Office under Ohio Governor Ted Strickland before practicing law in Columbus as a solo practitioner and later with a law firm focusing on immigration, criminal, and domestic relations cases involving immigrants. In 2015 Brian left Ohio to become Managing Attorney for the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, based at the family detention center in Dilley, Texas – the largest immigration detention center in the U.S. Brian led the CARA Project’s on-the-ground team in Dilley for six months, during which time the project represented over five thousand women and children asylum seekers.
Having begun studying Spanish as a child, Brian is now one of only three Ohio-licensed attorneys who are also Ohio Supreme Court certified court interpreters. Brian and his work with CARA have been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, the San Antonio Express-News, the Columbus Dispatch, and in the Associated Press. Brian has appeared on Al Jazeera America, Telemundo, CNN en Español, National Public Radio, and a variety of local news programs in Ohio. He currently divides his time between Ohio and Mexico.