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.
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.
Kristen Kussman is a labor law attorney and worked as a union representative at the Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17. Prior to that, she served as a Staff Attorney at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. She was named a Washington Law and Politics Rising Star from 2002-2004. Kristen received her JD from the University of Washington in 2000 and her BA Magna Cum Laude with High Honors from Mount Holyoke College in 1994.
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.
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Omar Riojas is a partner at Kelley, Goldfarb, Huck & Roth PLLC. He concentrates in complex commercial litigation. He has been named a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Super Lawyers and repeatedly named a "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics and Washington Super Lawyers. Omar has been at the forefront of the nationwide issue of a state’s authority to bring parental termination actions against parents detained due to immigration status. His pro bono cases involving undocumented immigrants who lost their parental rights as a result of their detention have garnered international media coverage in such outlets as The New York Times, ABC World News, Nightline, AP, Univision, and CNN, as well as attention from foreign government officials and several advocacy organizations. Due to his cutting-edge work, Omar was invited to participate in a November 5, 2009 United States Congressional briefing on legislation to protect children and families impacted by immigration enforcement. In August 2010, Omar was invited to address Mexico's National Human Rights Commission on the protection of indigenous parents' rights in the United States. In 2011, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project honored Omar with its Amicus Award, in recognition of his national work on the protection of immigrants' civil rights. Omar is a graduate of the University of Washington and Stanford Law School.
Abigail Gonzalez Daquiz 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.
Huy Nguyen has worked as a staff attorney with the Northwest Justice Project since 2000. He specializes in public benefits issues, including TANF, Basic Food, Medicaid, & Long Term Care benefits. Prior to this, he provided legal services to low-income clients on a variety of civil legal issues including housing, consumer, and family law with the Coordinated Legal Education Advice and Referral (CLEAR) phone intake line. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Washington, School of Law, in 2000. He also teaches a course on Public Benefits at Seattle University, School of Law.
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.
Teresa Mosqueda is the chief lobbyist at the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and heads up the lobbying and policy team. Teresa works with affiliates and community partners on the Stop Wage Theft Coalition and the Farmworker Coalition. She represents the labor council on the Washington State Employment Security Advisory Committee, the Human Trafficking Task Force, and many other issue areas. Among those, Teresa is the lead on health care policy and serves as Chair of the Healthy Washington Coalition, the state's largest health care advocacy group, and was appointed by the Governor to represent workers in Washington and the Healthy Washington Coalition on the Health Insurance Exchange Board, where she is former chair of the Exchange Public Policy Committee and a sitting member of the Policy and Audit committees.
As Senior Portfolio Manager at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Julie brings financing solutions to challenges within the global health and U.S. education sectors. Prior to joining the foundation, she lived in Latin America partnering with a community-based microfinance program where she worked with many families split apart out of economic necessity. Julie earned two degrees in Business Administration, one in Accounting and the other in Finance from Gonzaga University. She is also a CPA.