Vanessa was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She began her legal education at Universidad de Lima - Facultad de Derecho and later transferred to the University of Connecticut, where she graduated with honors with a Bachelor's Degree with Focus on Law and Society. She became interested in immigration law because of her own experience immigrating to the United States from Peru.
Vanessa moved to Arizona to attend law school at Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. While in law school, she focused on developing her interest in immigration law participating in ASU's Immigration Law & Policy Clinic. As a student-attorney, she represented Special Immigrant Juveniles and made appearances in Immigration Court as part of her training. She joined the Chicano-Latino Law Students Association and volunteered her time to offer legal advice to Spanish speaking immigrants. She also did an externship with the Office of Chief Counsel for Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) where she learned about the intricacies of deportation proceedings.
After graduation, she was convinced that she wanted to focus her legal career on immigration law. She was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Arizona in 2012 and shortly thereafter begun working at an immigration law firm in Phoenix. She specialized in representing clients before the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) and in Immigration Court. Her case load includes deportation defense, Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing, Waivers, U-Visas, VAWA, Deferred Action, Parole in Place and Naturalization. She has won residencies for hundreds of immigrants and will now continue her work in the immigrant community as founder of Vanessa Black Law Firm.
Vanessa served as Vice-Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Arizona Chapter.