Abigail is an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor in the Office of the Solicitor enforcing federal labor laws including safety laws, reemployment rights for veterans, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other labor laws. She was born in the Philippines and emigrated to the United States in 1985 as the first of six children. Abigail first volunteered with NWIRP as a law student and continued to volunteer as a pro bono attorney. She is the President of the Filipino Lawyers of Washington [FLOW] and volunteers as an attorney for the Asian Bar Association/King County Bar Association Legal Clinic. She earned both her B.A. in Political Science and her J.D. at the University of Washington.
Monika Batra Kashyap is the former Associate Director of the Access to Justice Institute at Seattle University School of Law where she developed social justice programming for law students. Monika has also worked as an immigration attorney at the law firm of Gibbs, Houston & Pauw in Seattle, where she represented detained and non-detained individuals in removal proceedings, and as an adjunct professor of the Immigration Clinic at Seattle University School of Law. Monika was also an immigration attorney/Equal Justice Works Fellow in New York City, where she represented immigrant youth in foster care. Before law school, she did extensive community organizing and anti-trafficking work within the South Asian immigrant domestic worker community in New York City. Monika received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law and her B.A. in Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University.
Hilary Han is a partner at Dobrin & Han, a Seattle immigration law firm. The firm represents non-citizens facing removal before the immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the federal courts, as well as immigrants seeking asylum, lawful permanent residence, and naturalization.
Shawn is the Controller at BECU, a not-for-profit credit union cooperative. He is also on the board of directors for the Issaquah Soccer Club. Shawn is a CPA in the states of Washington and California. He graduated from California State University – Chico with a BS in Business Administration – Accounting.
Development Committee Co-Chair
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Development Committee Co-Chair
Michael R. Wrenn is a named partner in the law firm of Wolfe Wrenn & Zariski and specializes in complex litigation. From 1995 to 2005, Michael was a member of the Board of Trustees for the King County Bar Foundation and its President for 2000 and 2001. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Washington.
Sahar Fathi is a policy analyst for the City of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. Previously, she has served as legislative aide for Councilmember Mike O’Brien, a legal clerk for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, an extern for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, and a legal intern at the Attorney General’s Office of Washington. Sahar graduated from the University of Washington Law School and is a member of the New York bar. She also earned a Masters in International Studies from the University of Washington, and graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California with a dual Bachelor of Arts in French and International Relations. During her graduate studies, Sahar served as a panelist on the subject, “Child Labor on Family Farms: the Case of India” at the inaugural Graduate Research Symposium at the University of Washington. Additionally, Sahar attended the Sorbonne Université in Paris, France on exchange from 2003-2004 and received a diploma in International and European Law from the Université Jean-Moulin in Lyon, France in 2008. Sahar currently serves as Chair for the Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington's Legal Clinic.
Marie Higuera is a Pacific Northwest native. She received her B.A. from Eastern Washington University and her law degree from the University of Washington. In the course of her studies, she also attended the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City and the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. Marie has devoted her legal career to the practice of immigration law. In addition to practicing at a leading immigration law firm in Seattle, she worked as a staff attorney at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and remains an active pro bono volunteer. She speaks on immigration issues to the legal and immigrant communities of the Puget Sound area. Ms. Higuera and her staff also write an immigration law advice column for the weekly Spanish language newspaper, Raza del Noroeste.
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Carolyn J. Wright discovered NWIRP through her participation in United Way King County’s Project LEAD program in 2010. She holds a B.A. in Communications with an advertising specialty from Washington State University. Since then, she’s worked as an Account Coordinator for the advertising agency Foote, Cone & Belding Seattle, as a grant writer with SOTA, the non-profit fundraising arm of Tacoma School of the Arts, and as a writer for ColorsNW magazine. From 2004-2006, she volunteered as a Peace Corps Municipal Development Volunteer in Guatemala. While there she had the desire to create literature and workshops to educate Guatemalans on their legal and civil rights as undocumented workers living in the U.S. For that reason, serving on the board of NWIRP, an organization dedicated to the just treatment of immigrants and refugees facing deportation, represents the satisfying fulfillment of her long held goal.