Brenda Alvarez

Miembro AmeriCorps VISTA

Itzel Corona Aguilar

Asistente legal y organizador colaborativo de respuesta rápida

Jacqueline Campos

Miembro de la comunidad del Cuerpo de Justicia de Inmigrantes

Diana Castillo

Miembro de Extensión Comunitaria

Elizabeth Fulton, Esq.

Abogado Superior del Estado Mayor

Dennise Hernandez

Coordinador de Educación y Extensión

Brenda Alvarez

Miembro AmeriCorps VISTA

Itzel Corona Aguilar

Asistente legal y organizador colaborativo de respuesta rápida

Jacqueline Campos

Miembro de la comunidad del Cuerpo de Justicia de Inmigrantes

Diana Castillo

Miembro de Extensión Comunitaria

Elizabeth Fulton, Esq.

Abogado Superior del Estado Mayor

Dennise Hernandez

Abogado Superior del Estado Mayor

Angelica Lara

Director de Educación y Extensión

Terry Lawson

Director Ejecutivo

Wes Bree Lucia

Miembro AmeriCorps VISTA

Maria Marroquin, ESq.

Abogado del Estado Mayor y Miembro del Cuerpo de Justicia de Inmigrantes

Eva Mayhabal Davis

Asociado de admisión

Jake Newton

Gerente de Desarrollo y Operaciones

Angelica Lara

Director de Educación y Extensión

Terry Lawson

Director Ejecutivo

Wes Bree Lucia

Miembro AmeriCorps VISTA

Maria Marroquin, Esq.

Abogado del Estado Mayor y Miembro del Cuerpo de Justicia de Inmigrantes

Eva Mayhabal Davis

Asociado de admisión

Jake Newton

Gerente de Desarrollo y Operaciones

Jessica Olive, Esq.

Abogado del Estado Mayor y Miembro del Cuerpo de Justicia de Inmigrantes

Juliana Perez Calle, Esq.

Abogado del Personal de Respuesta Rápida

Rebecca Press, Esq.

Director Jurídico

Susan Villa

Pasante de trabajo social

Elsi Wu, Esq.

Abogado del Estado Mayor y Miembro del Cuerpo de Justicia de Inmigrantes

Michael Younker, Esq.

Abogado supervisor

Jessica Olive, Esq.

Abogado del Estado Mayor y Miembro del Cuerpo de Justicia de Inmigrantes

Juliana Perez Calle, Esq.

Abogado del Personal de Respuesta Rápida

Rebecca Press, Esq.

Director Jurídico

Susan Villa

Pasante de trabajo social

Elsi Wu, Esq.

Abogado del Estado Mayor y Miembro del Cuerpo de Justicia de Inmigrantes

Michael Younker, Esq.

Abogado supervisor

Jackeline Cruz

Trabajadora social legal colaborador de respuesta rápida

Victoria Jeon

Miembro de justicia igualtaria

Jackeline Cruz, MA,LMSW

Trabajadora social legal colaborador de respuesta rápida

Victoria Jeon

Miembro de justicia igualtaria

Junta Directiva

Christhian C. Diaz

Presidente de la Junta

Raymi Echavarria

Miembro de la Junta

Emily Farrell

Secretario de la Junta

Max Hadler

Vicepresidente de la Junta

Christhian C. Diaz

Presidente de la Junta

Raymi Echavarria

Miembro de la Junta

Emily Farrell

Secretario de la Junta

Max Hadler

Vicepresidente de la Junta

Kate Holzman

Miembro de la Junta

Michele Lampach, Esq.

Miembro de la Junta

Aria Isberto

Miembro de la junta

Kate Holzman

Miembro de la Junta

Michele Lampach, Esq.

Miembro de la Junta

Brenda Alvarez

AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow

brenda@unlocal.org

Brenda is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving at UnLocal, where she supports the organization’s efforts through capacity-building work. Being interested in a legal profession and desire to make a difference, she traveled to New York to help UnLocal’s team fight for immigrant rights. Brenda graduated from the University of Idaho with a double major in Philosophy and Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology. During her undergrad, she was a member of the Society of Women in Philosophy (SWIP).

Itzel Corona Aguilar

Rapid Response Legal Collaborative Paralegal and Organizer

itzel@unlocal.org

Itzel is from D.F., Mexico, but grew up in San Anto, Tejas. They are a Ph.D. Candidate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University. Their research interests focus on (im)migration and detention/incarceration. Itzel is also an instructor, teaching college-level courses introducing students to prison abolition studies, Chicanx feminist thought, and religious studies. They have worked with (im)migrant communities throughout various organizations in South-Texas, New Jersey, and New York.

Jacqueline Campos

Immigrant Justice Corps Community Fellow

jacqueline@unlocal.org

Jacqueline's passion for social justice stems from the narratives of underserved immigrant communities like her own. Born and raised in Southeast Los Angeles to Mexican immigrant parents, her firsthand experiences have made her aware of the matters that affect immigrant communities. Jacqueline has participated in projects and volunteered for organizations that have allowed her to work with and for marginalized groups. These experiences remind her of the importance of having fearless advocates to ensure the needs of minority communities are being heard and met. This fight is personal for her and she hopes that at UnLocal she can mitigate the anxieties of those who come to the U.S. in hopes of achieving the American Dream. Jacqueline holds a B.A. in American Studies and Spanish from Wellesley College with concentrations in race, class, and gender.

Diana Castillo

Community Outreach Fellow

diana@unlocal.org

Diana Castillo is from Queens, New York with roots in Bolivia and Ecuador. Diana graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and minors in Latinx Studies and Education Studies. At IC, Diana became involved in various grassroots organizations focused on creating reentry opportunity programs for formerly incarcerated individuals and advocating for immigrant rights and local reform. She served as the community organizer for the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition and the Committee on Decolonial Affairs. After falling in love with the work she was doing outside of the classroom, Diana pursued internships within the nonprofit sector, interning with WITNESS and the Ultimate Reentry Opportunity Program. At Unlocal, Diana is the Community Outreach Fellow and will be working to continue building community partnerships and providing accessible resources to the community. “I am excited to support UnLocals’ mission of providing accessible educational resources along with legal support as a vital tool for empowering minoritized communities.

Elizabeth Fulton, Esq.

Senior Staff Attorney

elizabeth@unlocal.org

Lizzie Fulton is an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow with UnLocal, Inc. While in law school, Lizzie engaged in workers’ rights, anti-discrimination law, and international human rights law, all of which inspired her to pursue a career advocating for immigrants. She clerked at the East Bay Community Law Center’s Immigration Law Clinic, researched access to medical care in immigrant detention centers with Human Rights Watch, and interned with Legal Aid at Work on a federal national origin-based employment discrimination case. Lizzie previously taught at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou and supported civil society groups while working at the Open Society Foundations. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Berkeley Law School. She speaks Spanish and Mandarin.

Dennise Hernandez

Education and Outreach Coordinator

dennise@unlocal.org

Dennise Hernandez is passionate about social change and advocacy for immigrant communities. She holds a B. A. in Government from Dartmouth College where she directed the Coalition for Immigration Reform and Equality at Dartmouth, one of very few immigrant rights organizations in the Upper Valley. Within this role, she advocated directly for undocumented students and conducted outreach to local migrant farmworker communities. She believes in making education accessible to all, irrespective of immigration status, and she brings past experience in non profit development, grassroots organizing, and policy research to her role as UnLocal’s Education and Outreach Coordinator.

AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow

Brenda Alvarez

Brenda is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving at UnLocal, where she supports the organization’s efforts through capacity-building work. Being interested in a legal profession and desire to make a difference, she traveled to New York to help UnLocal’s team fight for immigrant rights. Brenda graduated from the University of Idaho with a double major in Philosophy and Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology. During her undergrad, she was a member of the Society of Women in Philosophy (SWIP).

Rapid Response Legal Collaborative Paralegal and Organizer

Itzel Corona Aguilar

Itzel is from D.F., Mexico, but grew up in San Anto, Tejas. They are a Ph.D. Candidate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University. Their research interests focus on (im)migration and detention/incarceration. Itzel is also an instructor, teaching college-level courses introducing students to prison abolition studies, Chicanx feminist thought, and religious studies. They have worked with (im)migrant communities throughout various organizations in South-Texas, New Jersey, and New York.

Jacqueline Campos

Immigrant Justice Corps Community Fellow

Jacqueline's passion for social justice stems from the narratives of underserved immigrant communities like her own. Born and raised in Southeast Los Angeles to Mexican immigrant parents, her firsthand experiences have made her aware of the matters that affect immigrant communities. Jacqueline has participated in projects and volunteered for organizations that have allowed her to work with and for marginalized groups. These experiences remind her of the importance of having fearless advocates to ensure the needs of minority communities are being heard and met. This fight is personal for her and she hopes that at UnLocal she can mitigate the anxieties of those who come to the U.S. in hopes of achieving the American Dream. Jacqueline holds a B.A. in American Studies and Spanish from Wellesley College with concentrations in race, class, and gender.

Community Outreach Fellow

Diana Castillo

Diana Castillo is from Queens, New York with roots in Bolivia and Ecuador. Diana graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and minors in Latinx Studies and Education Studies. At IC, Diana became involved in various grassroots organizations focused on creating reentry opportunity programs for formerly incarcerated individuals and advocating for immigrant rights and local reform. She served as the community organizer for the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition and the Committee on Decolonial Affairs. After falling in love with the work she was doing outside of the classroom, Diana pursued internships within the nonprofit sector, interning with WITNESS and the Ultimate Reentry Opportunity Program. At Unlocal, Diana is the Community Outreach Fellow and will be working to continue building community partnerships and providing accessible resources to the community. “I am excited to support UnLocals’ mission of providing accessible educational resources along with legal support as a vital tool for empowering minoritized communities.

Elizabeth Fulton

Senior Staff Attorney

Lizzie Fulton is an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow with UnLocal, Inc. While in law school, Lizzie engaged in workers’ rights, anti-discrimination law, and international human rights law, all of which inspired her to pursue a career advocating for immigrants. She clerked at the East Bay Community Law Center’s Immigration Law Clinic, researched access to medical care in immigrant detention centers with Human Rights Watch, and interned with Legal Aid at Work on a federal national origin-based employment discrimination case. Lizzie previously taught at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou and supported civil society groups while working at the Open Society Foundations. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Berkeley Law School. She speaks Spanish and Mandarin.

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Dennise Hernandez

Dennise Hernandez is passionate about social change and advocacy for immigrant communities. She holds a B. A. in Government from Dartmouth College where she directed the Coalition for Immigration Reform and Equality at Dartmouth, one of very few immigrant rights organizations in the Upper Valley. Within this role, she advocated directly for undocumented students and conducted outreach to local migrant farmworker communities. She believes in making education accessible to all, irrespective of immigration status, and she brings past experience in non profit development, grassroots organizing, and policy research to her role as UnLocal’s Education and Outreach Coordinator.

Angelica Lara

Education and Outreach Director​

angelica@unlocal.org

Angelica Lara is UnLocal’s Education and Outreach Director. She was raised in Queens, New York and is deeply committed to advocacy as a tool of education, communication, and history for creating sustainability for New York City’s undocumented communities. She is the resident Dramaturg with the ALAT company with which she participates in efforts to dismantle and create alternatives to a system that creates harm in our homes and communities, as well as serving as a community educator and advocate. The community education we offer at UnLocal is essential for expanding our understanding of how immigration laws in the United States affect us, distributing the necessary information to make autonomous and informed decisions, and creating networks to grow and preserve our communities.​

Terry Lawson

Executive Director

terry@unlocal.org

Terry is a well-known leader in the immigration legal and social services community. At UnLocal, Terry combines her experience in engaging with policy with working directly with communities to effectuate change. Terry comes to UnLocal from the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) where she championed the right of immigrant New Yorkers to attend court without fear of being arrested by ICE and helped New York secure a court rule, a federal court injunction, and legislation stopping the practice. Prior to IDP, Terry was the Director of the Family and Immigration Unit at Bronx Legal Services, where she worked for 12 years, and she began her legal career as a litigation associate at Sidley Austin LLP, where she handled several pro bono matters. In 2014, she co-founded the Bronx Immigration Partnership, a consortium of community-based organizations providing legal and social services for Bronx immigrants around their immigration-related needs. Terry has a long history of representing and advocating for survivors of gender-based violence, through her work with the Bronx Domestic Violence Roundtable, the Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence, the Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court, and Confluence. She is the recipient of the NYC Bar Association’s 2019 Legal Services Award and was recognized as a 2018 Domestic Violence Advocate by the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence. After graduating from Yale College and helping tenants access affordable housing at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Terry pursued a Masters in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2001. She holds a JD from Georgetown University.

Wes Bree Lucia

AmeriCorps VISTA fellow

wes@unlocal.org

Wes is an AmeriCorps Vista serving at UnLocal, where they support the organization’s efforts and the community through capacity-building work. As a life-long activist for the immigrant community, Wes decided to travel to New York City to help the UnLocal team in continuing the fight for immigrant rights. Wes previously studied theatre at Los Angeles Southwest College, where they developed plays as a form of activism for the Black and Immigrant community.

Maria Marroquin, Esq.

Staff Attorney and Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow​

maria@unlocal.org​

Maria Marroquin is an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow and graduate of CUNY School of Law. In law school, Maria participated in the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic where she represented non-citizens in deportation proceedings, and worked with communities targeted by the government under the pretense of national security and counterterrorism with the CLEAR Project. Maria also interned with Brooklyn Defender Services where she advocated for detained immigrants and with The Bronx Defenders where she worked with individuals in criminal proceedings. Before law school, Maria coordinated campaigns to stop deportations and facilitated Know Your Rights trainings with community members. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Dominican University.​

Eva Mayhabal Davis

Intake Associate​

eva@unlocal.org​

Eva Mayhabal Davis was born in Mexico, raised in the United States, and studied art history at the University of Washington. She is UnLocal's Intake Associate. Her personal immigrant narrative drives her personal work in immigration and advocacy as a cultural liaison in support for equity and social justice values in arts and culture. Her writing has been featured in Hemispheric Institute’s Cuadernos, Nueva Luz: Photographic Journal, CultureWork Magazine and the Guggenheim Museum Blog. In 2018, she participated in the Art & Law Program Fellowship, and in 2019 she was a Leadership Advocacy Fellow for the National Association for Latinos in Art and Culture. She is a founding member of El Salón, a meetup for cultural producers based in NYC.​

Jake Newton

Development and Operations Manager​

jake@unlocal.org​

As UnLocal’s Development and Operations 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.​

Education and Outreach Director

Angelica Lara

Angelica Lara is UnLocal’s Education and Outreach Director. She was raised in Queens, New York and is deeply committed to advocacy as a tool of education, communication, and history for creating sustainability for New York City’s undocumented communities. She is the resident Dramaturg with the ALAT company with which she participates in efforts to dismantle and create alternatives to a system that creates harm in our homes and communities, as well as serving as a community educator and advocate. The community education we offer at UnLocal is essential for expanding our understanding of how immigration laws in the United States affect us, distributing the necessary information to make autonomous and informed decisions, and creating networks to grow and preserve our communities.

Executive Director

Terry Lawson

Terry is a well-known leader in the immigration legal and social services community. At UnLocal, Terry combines her experience in engaging with policy with working directly with communities to effectuate change. Terry comes to UnLocal from the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) where she championed the right of immigrant New Yorkers to attend court without fear of being arrested by ICE and helped New York secure a court rule, a federal court injunction, and legislation stopping the practice. Prior to IDP, Terry was the Director of the Family and Immigration Unit at Bronx Legal Services, where she worked for 12 years, and she began her legal career as a litigation associate at Sidley Austin LLP, where she handled several pro bono matters. In 2014, she co-founded the Bronx Immigration Partnership, a consortium of community-based organizations providing legal and social services for Bronx immigrants around their immigration-related needs. Terry has a long history of representing and advocating for survivors of gender-based violence, through her work with the Bronx Domestic Violence Roundtable, the Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence, the Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court, and Confluence. She is the recipient of the NYC Bar Association’s 2019 Legal Services Award and was recognized as a 2018 Domestic Violence Advocate by the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence. After graduating from Yale College and helping tenants access affordable housing at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Terry pursued a Masters in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2001. She holds a JD from Georgetown University.

AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow

Wes Bree Lucia

Wes is an AmeriCorps Vista serving at UnLocal, where they support the organization’s efforts and the community through capacity-building work. As a life-long activist for the immigrant community, Wes decided to travel to New York City to help the UnLocal team in continuing the fight for immigrant rights. Wes previously studied theatre at Los Angeles Southwest College, where they developed plays as a form of activism for the Black and Immigrant community.

Staff Attorney and Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow

Maria Marroquin, Esq.

Maria Marroquin is an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow and graduate of CUNY School of Law. In law school, Maria participated in the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic where she represented non-citizens in deportation proceedings, and worked with communities targeted by the government under the pretense of national security and counterterrorism with the CLEAR Project. Maria also interned with Brooklyn Defender Services where she advocated for detained immigrants and with The Bronx Defenders where she worked with individuals in criminal proceedings. Before law school, Maria coordinated campaigns to stop deportations and facilitated Know Your Rights trainings with community members. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Dominican University.

Intake Associate

Eva Mayhabal Davis

Eva Mayhabal Davis was born in Mexico, raised in the United States, and studied art history at the University of Washington. She is UnLocal's Intake Associate. Her personal immigrant narrative drives her personal work in immigration and advocacy as a cultural liaison in support for equity and social justice values in arts and culture. Her writing has been featured in Hemispheric Institute’s Cuadernos, Nueva Luz: Photographic Journal, CultureWork Magazine and the Guggenheim Museum Blog. In 2018, she participated in the Art & Law Program Fellowship, and in 2019 she was a Leadership Advocacy Fellow for the National Association for Latinos in Art and Culture. She is a founding member of El Salón, a meetup for cultural producers based in NYC.

Development and Operations Manager

Jake Newton

As UnLocal’s Development and Operations 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.

Jessica Olive, Esq.

Staff Attorney and Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow

jessica@unlocal.org

Jessica is an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow and 2020 graduate of Brooklyn Law School. Her passion for immigration law stems from working alongside members of immigrant communities. During law school, she assisted survivors of domestic violence with their U-Visas applications, advocated for asylum seekers at the Safe Harbor Clinic, and fought for detained immigrants in their removal hearings with The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project. Jessica first began working with UnLocal as a legal intern in the spring of 2019. She returned in 2020 as a Pro Bono Scholar, and is now working with UnLocal as an Immigrant Justice Corp Fellow. Jessica holds a B.A. in International Studies from DePaul University.

Juliana Perez Calle, Esq.

Rapid Response Staff Attorney

juliana@unlocal.org

Juliana Pérez Calle is 2017 graduate of American University Washington College of Law. In law school she focused on the intersection of immigrant civil rights, international human rights, and corporate accountability. She interned at several branches of government including the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Senate Judiciary Committee where she worked on various immigrant rights policy. Prior to law school Juliana worked as a paralegal doing Sandy disaster relief work, focusing on the needs of impacted immigrants. Juliana has a B.A from Stony Brook University where she was an undocumented student activist for undocumented student rights and immigration reform.

Rebecca Press, Esq.

Legal Director

rebecca@unlocal.org

Rebecca Press is UnLocal's Legal Director leading the legal team to provide representation to New York's immigrant communities, including those at imminent risk of deportation, those fleeing persecution, the long-time undocumented, and many others. Rebecca helps UnLocal attorneys and representatives provide fierce and cutting-edge representation to immigrant New York and to work tirelessly to ensure that our communities have access to the legal representation they deserve and need. Rebecca has 10 years of experience representing immigrants of all ages in removal proceedings, with a particular focus in Asylum and Protection under the Convention Against Torture. She practices regularly before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In addition, Rebecca clerked at the New York Immigration Court through the Attorney General’s Department of Justice Honors Program. She is a 2002 graduate of Oberlin College and a 2009 graduate of the New York University School of Law. Rebecca has two joyful and rambunctious little boys.

Susan Villa

Social Work Intern

susan@unlocal.org

Susan is from Brooklyn, New York. As a social work intern at Unlocal she will work in conjunction with staff to provide emotional support, connect clients to much needed resources and advocate on their behalf. She previously interned at an emergency shelter, where she provided support for victims/survivors of intimate partner violence and domestic violence. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Brooklyn College and is currently enrolled in an MSW program. A proud Latina, her passion for social work stemmed from growing up in underserved and underrepresented communities. She hopes her work will mitigate the trauma that many immigrants are exposed to prior to arriving, on their journey to and while in this country.

Elsi Wu, Esq.

Staff Attorney and Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow

elsi@unlocal.org

Elsi Wu is an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow at UnLocal, where she primarily represents survivors of domestic violence and other persecution in immigration court and on applications for humanitarian relief. During law school, Elsi interned at the Office of the Federal Defender for the Northern District of Texas, the Legal Aid Criminal Appeals Bureau, and was a student in the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigrant Justice Clinic. Elsi has a B.A. in Journalism and History from New York University and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is thrilled to be part of the UnLocal team that represents immigrants and migrants with a zealous focus on community education and the dignity of affected individuals.

Michael Younker, Esq.

Supervising Attorney

michael@unlocal.org

Michael C. Younker (he/him/his) utilizes his varied background in his role as Supervising Attorney to assist in a diversity of immigration advocacy. Throughout his career, Michael has worked in international affairs, as an advocate for children, and human rights in general. He served in a judicial clerkship and practiced family law getting exposure to a myriad of issues, especially custody and child welfare matters. Most recently, Michael worked at Catholic Charities of Newark handling many immigration cases for child migrants and asylum seekers from around the world. He now works for UnLocal, a community-centered non-profit organization that provides direct immigration legal representation and community education to New York City’s undocumented immigrant communities. Michael also directs the Queer Immigrant Justice Project (QIJP) at UnLocal where he represents LGBTQIA+ immigrants in immigration court and at the asylum office, connecting them to health care, housing, therapy, transitioning support, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and Rutgers Law School.

Staff Attorney and Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow

Jessica Olive, Esq.

Jessica is an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow and 2020 graduate of Brooklyn Law School. Her passion for immigration law stems from working alongside members of immigrant communities. During law school, she assisted survivors of domestic violence with their U-Visas applications, advocated for asylum seekers at the Safe Harbor Clinic, and fought for detained immigrants in their removal hearings with The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project. Jessica first began working with UnLocal as a legal intern in the spring of 2019. She returned in 2020 as a Pro Bono Scholar, and is now working with UnLocal as an Immigrant Justice Corp Fellow. Jessica holds a B.A. in International Studies from DePaul University.

Rapid Response Legal Collaborative Paralegal and Organizer

Juliana Perez Calle, Esq.

Juliana Pérez Calle is 2017 graduate of American University Washington College of Law. In law school she focused on the intersection of immigrant civil rights, international human rights, and corporate accountability. She interned at several branches of government including the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Senate Judiciary Committee where she worked on various immigrant rights policy. Prior to law school Juliana worked as a paralegal doing Sandy disaster relief work, focusing on the needs of impacted immigrants. Juliana has a B.A from Stony Brook University where she was an undocumented student activist for undocumented student rights and immigration reform.

Legal Director

Rebecca Press, Esq.

Rebecca Press is UnLocal's Legal Director leading the legal team to provide representation to New York's immigrant communities, including those at imminent risk of deportation, those fleeing persecution, the long-time undocumented, and many others. Rebecca helps UnLocal attorneys and representatives provide fierce and cutting-edge representation to immigrant New York and to work tirelessly to ensure that our communities have access to the legal representation they deserve and need. Rebecca has 10 years of experience representing immigrants of all ages in removal proceedings, with a particular focus in Asylum and Protection under the Convention Against Torture. She practices regularly before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In addition, Rebecca clerked at the New York Immigration Court through the Attorney General’s Department of Justice Honors Program. She is a 2002 graduate of Oberlin College and a 2009 graduate of the New York University School of Law. Rebecca has two joyful and rambunctious little boys.

Social Work Intern

Susan Villa

Susan is from Brooklyn, New York. As a social work intern at Unlocal she will work in conjunction with staff to provide emotional support, connect clients to much needed resources and advocate on their behalf. She previously interned at an emergency shelter, where she provided support for victims/survivors of intimate partner violence and domestic violence. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Brooklyn College and is currently enrolled in an MSW program. A proud Latina, her passion for social work stemmed from growing up in underserved and underrepresented communities. She hopes her work will mitigate the trauma that many immigrants are exposed to prior to arriving, on their journey to and while in this country.

Staff Attorney and Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow

Elsi Wu, Esq.

Elsi Wu is an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow at UnLocal, where she primarily represents survivors of domestic violence and other persecution in immigration court and on applications for humanitarian relief. During law school, Elsi interned at the Office of the Federal Defender for the Northern District of Texas, the Legal Aid Criminal Appeals Bureau, and was a student in the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigrant Justice Clinic. Elsi has a B.A. in Journalism and History from New York University and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is thrilled to be part of the UnLocal team that represents immigrants and migrants with a zealous focus on community education and the dignity of affected individuals.

Supervising Attorney

Michael Younker, Esq.

Michael C. Younker (he/him/his) utilizes his varied background in his role as Supervising Attorney to assist in a diversity of immigration advocacy. Throughout his career, Michael has worked in international affairs, as an advocate for children, and human rights in general. He served in a judicial clerkship and practiced family law getting exposure to a myriad of issues, especially custody and child welfare matters. Most recently, Michael worked at Catholic Charities of Newark handling many immigration cases for child migrants and asylum seekers from around the world. He now works for UnLocal, a community-centered non-profit organization that provides direct immigration legal representation and community education to New York City’s undocumented immigrant communities. Michael also directs the Queer Immigrant Justice Project (QIJP) at UnLocal where he represents LGBTQIA+ immigrants in immigration court and at the asylum office, connecting them to health care, housing, therapy, transitioning support, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and Rutgers Law School.

Jackeline Cruz, MA, LMSW

Rapid Response Legal Collaborative Social Worker

jackeline@unlocal.org

Jackeline (Jackie) is a graduate of Silberman’s School of Social Work and primarily supports the Rapid Response Legal Collaborative and the Immigrant Wellness team at UnLocal. As a first generation immigrant, she is passionate about advancing equity in over-exploited and under-resourced immigrant communities and creating healing spaces for those who suffer at the forefront of broken and racialized systems. Her clinical approach is rooted in anti-oppressive and culturally inclusive trauma-informed practices. She has experience providing court advocacy and therapeutic services to youth and families as an alternative to incarceration. She also holds a M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Brooklyn College and is a 2014 published author in the journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy for her work on a proposed structural intervention addressing sexual health communication among the LGBTQ+ community. She contributed to projects at Columbia University’s Global Mental Health & Stigma Lab, Brooklyn College’s Psychophysiology Lab, and the PRIDE Health Research Consortium researching mental health, juvenile delinquency, and HIV prevention efforts. Jackie looks forward to holistically supporting UnLocal participants and continuing the fight to abolish carceral systems.

Victoria Jeon

Equal Justice Works Fellow

victoria@unlocal.org

Victoria Jeon (She/Her or They Them) is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at UnLocal, where she works primarily with the Queer Immigrant Justice Project. Prior to and during law school, Victoria has worked with various groups of people who are often underrepresented in human rights or the legal fields, such as North Korean refugees to South Korea, low-income artists, polyamorous families, and LGBTQ+ communities of color. Victoria has a B.A. in History and Legal Studies from Northwestern University and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is invested in seeing more racial diversity in LGBTQ+ communities, and is thrilled to be a part of UnLocal to not only help LGBTQ+ immigrants —many of whom are people of color—, but also to pursue a longer term goal to expand the reach of QIJP to be more inclusive.

Rapid Response Legal Collaborative Social Worker

Jackeline Cruz

jackeline@unlocal.org

Jackeline (Jackie) is a graduate of Silberman’s School of Social Work and primarily supports the Rapid Response Legal Collaborative and the Immigrant Wellness team at UnLocal. As a first generation immigrant, she is passionate about advancing equity in over-exploited and under-resourced immigrant communities and creating healing spaces for those who suffer at the forefront of broken and racialized systems. Her clinical approach is rooted in anti-oppressive and culturally inclusive trauma-informed practices. She has experience providing court advocacy and therapeutic services to youth and families as an alternative to incarceration. She also holds a M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Brooklyn College and is a 2014 published author in the journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy for her work on a proposed structural intervention addressing sexual health communication among the LGBTQ+ community. She contributed to projects at Columbia University’s Global Mental Health & Stigma Lab, Brooklyn College’s Psychophysiology Lab, and the PRIDE Health Research Consortium researching mental health, juvenile delinquency, and HIV prevention efforts. Jackie looks forward to holistically supporting UnLocal participants and continuing the fight to abolish carceral systems.

Equal Justice Works Fellow

Victoria Jeon

victoria@unlocal.org

Victoria Jeon (She/Her or They Them) is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at UnLocal, where she works primarily with the Queer Immigrant Justice Project. Prior to and during law school, Victoria has worked with various groups of people who are often underrepresented in human rights or the legal fields, such as North Korean refugees to South Korea, low-income artists, polyamorous families, and LGBTQ+ communities of color. Victoria has a B.A. in History and Legal Studies from Northwestern University and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is invested in seeing more racial diversity in LGBTQ+ communities, and is thrilled to be a part of UnLocal to not only help LGBTQ+ immigrants —many of whom are people of color—, but also to pursue a longer term goal to expand the reach of QIJP to be more inclusive.

Board Chair

Christhian C. Diaz

Christhian C. Diaz joined the board in 2016. He is a New York based artist and advocate. His work is interdisciplinary and collaborative. Christhian holds an MFA from Rutgers University and a BFA from The Cooper Union. As an artist he has performed at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA PS1 Printshop, the Museum of Arts and Design, Movement Research at Judson Church, Abrons Arts Center, and The Wild Project, among others. He was a 2018 fellow of the Art & Law program, 2013 MacDowell fellow, and attended the SOMA Summer Residency in 2019.

Raymi Echavarria

Supervising Attorney

Raymi Echavarria

Raymi Echavarria is the Human Rights Program Associate at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College and a consultant for the College Bridge for All Program, a CUNY and Department of Education Initiative to help New York City’s high school students with the college matriculation process. In both roles, she has been committed to social justice education and increasing access to higher education for underrepresented communities. Additionally, she has worked on advocacy projects and the development of support systems and professional trainings to help support undocumented youth. Supporting immigrants is important to her in part of her experiences growing up undocumented. Raymi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Sociology from Hunter College and is currently a Master in Public Policy Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she is a U.S. Latinx Leadership Fellow.

Board Secretary

Emily Farrell

Emily Farrell grew up in Sydney, Australia, and has lived in the US for close to 20 years. She became involved with UnLocal after founder, Michele Lampach, assisted in her green card application. She received her PhD in Linguistics from Macquarie University in 2009 and has taught at the University of Sydney and the Free University, Berlin. As a researcher, Emily has worked in the field of sociolinguistics, examining intersections of language and migration. She has an ongoing interest in language and social justice issues, as well as increasing access to scholarly research through open science. Emily also serves on the board of the Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library.

Board Vice Chair

Max Hadler

Max Hadler is the Director of Health Policy at the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC). 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.

Christhian C. Diaz

Board Chair

Christhian C. Diaz joined the board in 2016. He is a New York based artist and advocate. His work is interdisciplinary and collaborative. Christhian holds an MFA from Rutgers University and a BFA from The Cooper Union. As an artist he has performed at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA PS1 Printshop, the Museum of Arts and Design, Movement Research at Judson Church, Abrons Arts Center, and The Wild Project, among others. He was a 2018 fellow of the Art & Law program, 2013 MacDowell fellow, and attended the SOMA Summer Residency in 2019.

Raymi Echavarria

Board Member

Raymi Echavarria is the Human Rights Program Associate at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College and a consultant for the College Bridge for All Program, a CUNY and Department of Education Initiative to help New York City’s high school students with the college matriculation process. In both roles, she has been committed to social justice education and increasing access to higher education for underrepresented communities. Additionally, she has worked on advocacy projects and the development of support systems and professional trainings to help support undocumented youth. Supporting immigrants is important to her in part of her experiences growing up undocumented. Raymi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Sociology from Hunter College and is currently a Master in Public Policy Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she is a U.S. Latinx Leadership Fellow.

Emily Farrell

Board Secretary

Emily Farrell grew up in Sydney, Australia, and has lived in the US for close to 20 years. She became involved with UnLocal after founder, Michele Lampach, assisted in her green card application. She received her PhD in Linguistics from Macquarie University in 2009 and has taught at the University of Sydney and the Free University, Berlin. As a researcher, Emily has worked in the field of sociolinguistics, examining intersections of language and migration. She has an ongoing interest in language and social justice issues, as well as increasing access to scholarly research through open science. Emily also serves on the board of the Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library.

Max Hadler

Max Hadler

Board Vice Chair

Max Hadler is the Director of Health Policy at the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC). 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.

Kate Holzman

Board Member

Kate Holzman works at Echoing Green, running board leadership training programs and supporting the social entrepreneurship ecosystem. Before this, she worked in the areas of corporate partnerships, nonprofit program management, literacy, diversity & inclusion, facilitation, and sustainable textiles. She has previously supported immigrant families as a legal clinic translator and ESL teacher. She earned a Master’s Degree in Community Development, and Bachelor's degrees in International Development and Spanish, all from Clark University.

Michele Lampach

Michele Lampach, Esq.

Board Member

Michele Lampach is a co-founder and Executive Director of UnLocal, Inc., which was incubated by the City Universit
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., Michele previously provided immigration legal representation to youth and families, as well as individuals in affirmative immigration applications while also serving as Executive Director. Now, Michele, along with the leadership team and the Board of Directors, helps guide UnLocal’s programs to meet the needs of immigrant New Yorkers and build new programs by supporting program, financial and policy development. She is excited to collaborate with staff members to build an equitable organization that centers the experiences of directly impacted individuals.

Aria Isberto

Board Member

Aria Isaberto is the Program Associate at the Liz Claiborne & Art Ortenberg Foundation, where she helps administer a grantmaking portfolio of community-based conservation projects in significant wildlife landscapes across the globe.

Previously, Aria was the partnerships manager at a New York City-based food recovery nonprofit, strategically catalyzing support from institutional partners within the five boroughs and nationally. Aria has also worked at the Wildlife Conservation Society, assisting with development from the organization's global priority regions and flagships species.

Aria completed a master's degree in Biology from Miami University's Advanced Inquiry Program. She holds an executive certificate in Nonprofit Fund Development from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor's degree from The City University of New York's Baruch College.

Aria has been a DACA recipient for almost a decade.

Kate Holzman

Kate Holzman works at Echoing Green, running board leadership training programs and supporting the social entrepreneurship ecosystem. Before this, she worked in the areas of corporate partnerships, nonprofit program management, literacy, diversity & inclusion, facilitation, and sustainable textiles. She has previously supported immigrant families as a legal clinic translator and ESL teacher. She earned a Master’s Degree in Community Development, and Bachelor's degrees in International Development and Spanish, all from Clark University.

Michele Lampach, Esq.

Michele Lampach is a co-founder and Executive Director of UnLocal, Inc., which was incubated by the City University<br />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., Michele previously provided immigration legal representation to youth and families, as well as individuals in affirmative immigration applications while also serving as Executive Director. Now, Michele, along with the leadership team and the Board of Directors, helps guide UnLocal’s programs to meet the needs of immigrant New Yorkers and build new programs by supporting program, financial and policy development. She is excited to collaborate with staff members to build an equitable organization that centers the experiences of directly impacted individuals.

Yuniya Khan

Board Member

Originally from Guyana, South America, Yuniya has worked in the non-profit and international development fields for more than 20 years. She is the founder of The Emerge Project, a storytelling initiative that aims to elevate the voice and impact of grassroots Black entrepreneurs and community leaders in South Africa and Brazil, and is an Associate with NPAG, a professional services firm that specializes in top-tier social sector talent strategy and search. She is deeply committed to supporting programs that enhance the wellbeing and dignity of Black and Brown people, particularly immigrants and those in communities that are overlooked and marginalized. Yuniya holds a BA in TV/Radio from Brooklyn College, an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and an MPA in International Management from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Yuniya Khan

Board Member

Originally from Guyana, South America, Yuniya has worked in the non-profit and international development fields for more than 20 years. She is the founder of The Emerge Project, a storytelling initiative that aims to elevate the voice and impact of grassroots Black entrepreneurs and community leaders in South Africa and Brazil, and is an Associate with NPAG, a professional services firm that specializes in top-tier social sector talent strategy and search. She is deeply committed to supporting programs that enhance the wellbeing and dignity of Black and Brown people, particularly immigrants and those in communities that are overlooked and marginalized. Yuniya holds a BA in TV/Radio from Brooklyn College, an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and an MPA in International Management from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.