Juan Pablo Osuna
Juan Pablo Osuna
  • October 12, 1962 - August 15, 2017
  • Falls Church, Virginia

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Juan P. Osuna
Juan P. Osuna, age 54, passed away suddenly on August 15. Beloved husband, son, uncle, brother-in-law, friend, and colleague, he leaves behind a legacy of professional and personal impact that touched everyone around him.
Juan was born in Bogota, Colombia before immigrating to the U.S. at the age of seven. A graduate of George Washington University and The American University Washington College of Law, he dedicated his career to advancing due process and fundamental fairness in the U.S. immigration system. After graduating from law school, Juan served as the Editor of Interpreter Releases, the leading weekly immigration newsletter before rising to a leadership position within the West Publishing Company. He then joined the Department of Justice in 2000, where he was first appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno as a Member of the Board of Immigration Appeals, before rising rapidly to serve as Chair of the BIA. He subsequently was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder in 2009 to the position of Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division and then promoted to Associate Deputy Attorney General with responsibility for the Department's entire immigration portfolio. Attorney General Eric Holder then named Juan as Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, a position he held until May 2017. In that capacity, Juan shepherded the 58 U.S. Immigration Courts through some of the most difficult times in EOIR history, involving astronomically increasing caseloads and resource shortages. Throughout all of it, Juan demonstrated great leadership and vision, advancing innovative reforms that balanced access to justice with court efficiency.
Juan also served as an adjunct professor at both the George Mason School of Law and Georgetown Law School.
Beyond his successful career, Juan was devoted to his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Wendy Young; his mother, Marta Osuna; his nieces, Jenifer Cooney, Halsey Cooney, Jamie Cooney, Kristina Osuna, and Teresa Osuna; his sisters-in-law, Marcia Bourgeois, Karen Cooney, Martha Roblee, and Pamela Young; and his brothers-in-law, Richard Cooney, Alan Roblee, and Steven Cotts.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 pm, Sunday, August 27 at the National Funeral Home, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made to Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation in Arlington, VA or Huntley Meadows Park in Fairfax County.
Arrangements under the direction of Murphy Falls Church Funeral Home, Falls Church, VA.