"Immigrants bring value that we as a country should embrace."
Francis E. Chin's Story
Francis has a deep understanding and great empathy for what it means to be an immigrant. His parents were hardscrabble farmers in rural China before they came to the United States with the attributes of most immigrants: resilient character, diligence and a willingness to work extremely hard. They started their family in a rough area of Boston, with Fran being the second youngest of nine children. When his father passed away when he was young, he missed the usual childhood activities, such as playing in the little league, because his mother needed his help in her laundry business. Despite being born in the U.S., he still felt like an immigrant due to their economic circumstances. Fortunately his mother inspired and exhorted her children to get a good education. Between her motivation and the opportunities that America offers, Fran and all of his siblings attended college and went on to receive higher education.
At Middlebury College in Vermont, Fran turned his focus globally. He studied abroad in Mainz, Germany and received his Bachelor's Degree in German literature. After graduating, he received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for a year of independent travel and study. With a personal interest in the migration of people in Southeast and East Asia, he studied overseas Chinese communities in Asia. Fran also served in the AmeriCorps VISTA program in upstate New York, working with migrant farm workers. Fran went on to get his law degree from New York University School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics. After a month of practicing corporate and banking law, he started working concurrently in immigration law, and soon the practice took off. Fran finds this area of law doubly satisfying, as it not only continues the long tradition of bringing high-performing and industrious individuals to America, but it also resonates with his personal history and interests.
In addition to being the managing partner of Chin & Curtis, LLP, Fran is involved in a number of organizations that assist Asian-Americans. He has been involved with the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, which is the first group in Massachusetts helping Asian women victims. He is a founder and former board member of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, and in 2009, was recognized for his accomplishments by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association at AALAM's 25th anniversary event. Fran takes great joy in participating in the broader community and is an avid supporter of Boston's Public Radio station, WGBH. His office is also the Boston Field Office for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), which provides removal defense representation for unaccompanied minors. He believes in taking an active role in his community and is constantly working to use his personal experiences to improve the lives of others.