Our Staff and Board of Directors


Unlocal Team

Staff

 

Michele LampachMichele Lampach, Esq.
Executive Director

Michele Lampach is the Founder and Executive Director of UnLocal, Inc., which was incubated by the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law’s Incubator Program, an incubating space for non-profits and individual law practices that address the legal needs of communities traditionally underserved by legal services.  At UnLocal, Inc., her legal representation focuses on serving immigrant youth. Michele also leads the Grassroots Immigrant Collaborative Project, a project which partners with community-based organizations, schools and other community settings to deliver education, trainings and legal consultations to immigrants. Michele is interested in utilizing technology, art and other media to distribute accurate, reliable information to immigrant communities in non-traditional settings and locations. Michele is an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.

michele@unlocal.org

646-216-8210
MadhuriMadhuri Kumar, Esq.

Probono Counsel

Madhuri is a CUNY School of Law alum. There, as a member of the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic, she worked on a range of immigration issues: criminal deportation, Haitian TPS applications, workers’ rights, including full representation of an immigrant in deportation proceedings for whom she helped obtain cancellation of removal.  From 2012 until 2015, Madhuri was the Project Director for the Immigrant Child Legal Services Project for which she represented undocumented youth in their Special Immigrant Juvenile cases. Madhuri is a member of the New York state bar. She speaks fluent Hindi.

madhuri@unlocal.org

646-216-8210

Tania MattosTania Mattos
Education and Outreach Coordinator

Tania Mattos is an immigrant and worker rights organizer who was born in La Paz, Bolivia and was raised in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY. For over 7 years, she has worked with and for the rights of undocumented immigrants, restaurant workers, vendors, and most recently on displacement policies directly affecting the immigrant community. Prior to this, she worked on environmental rights and indigenous peoples rights within the United Nations. Tania holds a B.S. in Marketing, a M.A. in Political Science, and is a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative.

tania@unlocal.org

646-216-8210

Jesse RockoffJesse Rockoff, Esq.
Staff Attorney

Jesse Rockoff is an immigration paralegal-turned-lawyer who specializes in complex immigration matters. Most recently, he served as a law fellow with African Services Committee, where he handled a variety of cases for immigrants involved with the criminal justice system and for asylum seekers from all over the world. He is particularly interested in models of lawyering which empower and educate people in their own communities. Jesse is a graduate of New York University School of Law and fluent in Spanish.

jesse@unlocal.org

646-216-8210

Jake Newton

Jake Newton
Development Associate

As UnLocal’s Development Associate, Jake oversees the organization’s fundraising and capacity-building efforts. He applies for grants, fosters relationships with prospective donors and develops strategies to improve the sustainability of UnLocal’s various immigrant-serving programs. Jake was born and raised in Redmond, Washington, and had originally relocated for a year of AmeriCorps VISTA service in 2016 at UnLocal to aid in New York City’s fight against immigrant poverty and the challenges that accompany undocumented legal status. After completing a successful year, he now works with UnLocal full-time. Jake graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science in the spring of 2016. 

jake@unlocal.org

646-216-8210

 

Virginia LVirginiaazo
Social Media Intern

Virginia is an immigrant student who was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She was raised there and at age sixteen came to the United States. She attended Newcomers High School and graduated from there in 2015. Virginia was a client of UnLocal and this year she received her green card. Now, she’s the first holder of a green card in her family. Working at UnLocal, she has been creating informative videos that answer immigration questions. Virginia’s dream is to become a successful photographer and use that platform to help her family and the immigrant community.

Board of Directors

Christhian Diaz Website PhotoChristhian Diaz

Christhian Diaz grew up in Latin America and then in Florida where as an undocumented immigrant he and his mother cleaned offices, did housekeeping, and worked in chain restaurants. He then attended art school in New York City where he began making performance art, while trying to create a space to unpack the sagging sack of emotions that his own family, immigration, and labor histories have left him. He currently photographs artwork and teaches art to kids for a living. In recent years, Christhian has performed at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA PS1 Printshop, the Museum of Arts and Design, Movement Research at Judson Church, The Center for Performance Research, and Beam Center, among others. He was a 2013 MacDowell fellow, co-organizer of TradeSchool.coop, and currently organizes a series of open performance nights out of his living room called Fifteen Minutes of Doing Something Now.

Emily FarrellEmily Farrell

As an educator and Australian migrant to the US, Emily Farrell was drawn to UnLocal’s mission to provide both legal services and educational outreach to communities in need. As a researcher, Emily worked in the field of sociolinguistics, examining intersections of language and migration. She received her PhD in Linguistics from Macquarie University in 2009 and has taught at the University of Sydney and the Free University, Berlin. She currently works for the academic publisher, De Gruyter.

Alexandra

Alexandra Goncalves-Pena, Esq.

Alexandra Goncalves-Pena is a supervising attorney with the Immigrant Rights Program of the American Friends Service Committee in Newark, New Jersey. Specializing in removal defense and asylum law, Alexandra has practiced immigration law since 2006 following her graduation from Vermont Law School.  During her career Alexandra has represented hundreds of individuals before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service and has worked on numerous appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Max Hadler

Max Hadler is the Health Advocacy Specialist at the New York Immigration Coalition. He works on a range of issues and campaigns at the city and state levels to improve health access, coverage, and delivery for immigrant communities. Prior to joining the NYIC he worked in many capacities related to access to care for immigrants, including project director and research associate at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, researcher at the UCLA North American Integration and Development Center, and Spanish-English medical interpreter at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Max received an MPH from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and an MA in Latin American Studies from the UCLA International Institute. He also holds a BA in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University.

Michele LamMichele Lampachpach, Esq.

Michele Lampach is the Founder and Executive Director of UnLocal, Inc., which was incubated by the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law’s Incubator Program, an incubating space for non-profits and individual law practices that address the legal needs of communities traditionally underserved by legal services.  At UnLocal, Inc., her legal representation focuses on serving immigrant youth. Michele also leads the Grassroots Immigrant Collaborative Project, a project which partners with community-based organizations, schools and other community settings to deliver education, trainings and legal consultations to immigrants. Michele is interested in utilizing technology, art and other media to distribute accurate, reliable information to immigrant communities in non-traditional settings and locations. Michele is an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.

Laura Stein

Laura Stein

Laura Stein is one of the co-founders of UnLocal. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Dancing Grounds in New Orleans, LA.  Prior to moving to New Orleans, Laura lived in New York City, working in education policy and management. She was Director of Education & Production at Dancewave (2010-2011), NYC Executive Director of RISE (2007-2009), Education Pioneers Fellow (2007), Policy Associate at New Visions for Public Schools (2005-2007) and Program Assistant at the Social Science Research Council (2003-2005). In 2010, she lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she helped create a girls’ Hip Hop program for Tiny Toones. She received her Masters in Public Administration (M.P.A.) from NYU‘s Wagner School of Public Service in 2008. She received her B.A. in the College of Social Studies from Wesleyan University in 2003.