Staff

Granger Office

  • Kelly Anderson, Staff Attorney

    Kelly is a staff attorney in the Granger office and focuses on removal defense. Prior to joining NWIRP, she worked as a staff immigration attorney for Prisoners' Legal Services of New York, where she worked exclusively with individuals who were simultaneously going through the deportation process while serving their criminal sentences in New York State prison. She is highly interested in the intersections of criminal and immigration law and finds her work to be very meaningful. She earned her B.S.W. from the University of Washington School of Social Work, and her J.D. from Seattle University. Kelly is a Seattle native and loves to be outdoors when she is not working.

  • Mirta Laura Contreras, Directing Attorney

    Mirta Laura Contreras became the directing attorney of the Granger Office after nearly two decades of practicing public interest law in Washington State. She was born and raised in Toppenish, Washington, and is the youngest in a family of Texas migrants/Tejanos who settled in Washington in the early 1930s. She has represented farm workers and immigrants in employment and family law cases, and is now directing the Granger office as well as representing clients in removal defense cases. She earned her J.D. from the University of Oregon, and B.A. from the University of Washington.

  • Luisa Cruz-Vazquez, Legal Advocate

    Luisa is a legal advocate and helps victims of crime obtain immigration benefits. Prior to joining NWIRP, Luisa earned her B.A. in Human Development from Washington State University of Vancouver and volunteered with various nonprofits helping victims of domestic violence, immigrant advocacy groups, and has worked with at risk student populations.

  • Mariah Ferraz, Staff Attorney

    Mariah is a staff attorney and represents survivors of crime and individuals in removal proceedings. She earned her B.A. in Political Science and Canadian American Studies at Western Washington University and her J.D. at the University of Washington School of Law. In law school Mariah focused on assisting immigrant survivors of crime through the University of Washington Immigrant Families Advocacy Project.

  • Norma Gutierrez, Accredited Representative

    Norma is an accredited representative who assists immigrant crime victims. She has been employed at NWIRP since 2003 after working as a Legal Advocate and domestic violence counselor for 4 years at Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services in Sunnyside, Washington.

  • Vanessa Montoya, Legal Advocate

    Vanessa Montoya is a Legal Advocate in the Granger Office. She assists with Naturalization, U-visa, and DACA petitions, as well as with some removal defense work.

  • Irma Ramos, Receptionist

    Irma has been the glue that holding the Granger office together since 1997. She is a caring liaison between community members and NWIRP legal staff, ensuring all people who come to our office are welcomed warmly and served effectively. She is also in charge of the office infrastructure we depend on, making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

  • Anarose Reardon Helferd, Staff Attorney

    Anarose is a staff attorney representing clients in a wide range of immigration matters including Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions, removal defense, asylum applications, and protections for survivors of domestic violence and other crimes. She graduated summa cum laude from Seattle University with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. Anarose earned her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law where she focused on immigration and employment law.

  • Adela Ruiz, Accredited Representative

    Adela is an accredited representative responsible for her own case load and for any other needs that the Granger office might have. To stay up-to-date with immigration law, Adela attends trainings and webinars provided by other agencies and attorneys. She has been an accredited Representative for more than 20 years, and is very proud to serve the immigrant community.

  • Jovita Salas, Staff Attorney

    Jovita is a staff attorney who represents victims of crime and defends individuals in removal proceedings. Jovita is a first generation Mexican-American, and was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. Jovita received her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida and she graduated cum laude from Barry University School of Law.

Seattle Office

  • Matt Adams, Legal Director

    Matt is the legal director of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. He defends individuals before the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Federal Courts. Matt is a member of the King County Public Defenders Advisory Board and the National Immigration Project’s Board of Directors.

  • Glenda Aldana Madrid, Staff Attorney (Impact Litigation)

    Glenda is a staff attorney in our Seattle office. Her practice is focused on civil rights litigation designed to promote the rights of immigrants, as well as representation of non citizens in matters before the immigration courts and USCIS. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and her A.B. from Harvard College. A self-defined “Guatefornian,” she’s a naturalized citizen born in Guatemala and raised in California. Glenda first joined NWIRP in 2013 as a Gruber Fellow in Global Justice and Women’s Rights.

  • Raul Alvarez, Development and Communications Coordinator

    Raul is a communications professional in the development department. Working under the Director of Development and Communications, he is responsible for managing our web and social media content, crafting and coordinating media releases and press conferences, and ensuring that all NWIRP's messaging is consistent with our mission, vision, and values. Raul earned an M.F.A from Columbia College Chicago and a B.A. from California State University Fullerton.

  • Claudette "Claudia" Antuña, Psy.D., LICSW, Forensic Evaluator (Volunteer)

    In 2012, Ms. Claudette “Claudia” Antuña obtained her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Washington School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Seattle, her B.A. in Hispanic American Studies from the University of Miami in 1966, a Masters Degree in Social Work from Barry University in 1975 and in Health Services Administration in 1982. In her practicum and clinical internship with the Federal Way Psychology Clinic, she responded to referrals for forensic psychological evaluations requested by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project where she continues to provide pro bono services.

  • Jorge L. Barón, Executive Director

    Jorge L. Barón has served as the executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) since April 2008, having previously worked as a staff attorney with the organization for two years. Jorge’s passion in advocating on behalf of immigrants is firmly rooted in his own immigrant experience: he is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, and came to the United States at the age of thirteen. Jorge is a graduate of Yale Law School and Duke University and lives in Seattle with his wife Tyler and their three children, Isabella, Luna, and Luca.

  • Kayley Bebber, Staff Attorney

    Kayley Bebber is a staff attorney for NWIRP’s Family Unity Project, providing legal assistance to students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools and their family members on removal defense and other immigration-related matters. Prior to coming to NWIRP, Kayley was a staff attorney on Disability Rights Washington’s Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Jail Project. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Cornell University.

  • Rebecca Neff Brown, Donor Relations and Events Coordinator

    Rebecca works within the development and communications department coordinating fundraising events. Prior to joining NWIRP in 2017, she partnered with arts nonprofits in Seattle to produce high-quality fundraising events, as well as fill in on other development-related needs. Rebecca earned her B.A. from the University of Georgia and grew up in Georgia, but after living on the West Coast for 10 years definitely thinks it is the "best coast."

  • Miriam Cervantes-Gomez, Legal Advocate (FSU)

    Miriam is a legal advocate in our Family Services Unit. A long time employee of NWIRP, Miriam helps ensure immigrant rights are protected by keeping families together.

  • Malou Chávez, Staff Attorney (FSU)

    Malou is a staff attorney in the Family Services Unit in Seattle, where she directly represents people in family-based visa petitions and defends people in removal proceedings. Her prior work in NWIRP's Moses Lake and Wenatchee offices focused on representing survivors of violence in rural eastern Washington obtain immigration relief. Malou received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and she is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law

  • Maggie Cheng, Staff Attorney (Asylum)

    Maggie is a staff attorney in the Asylum Unit. She is also the dedicated attorney for Northwest Health and Human Rights, a partnership between NWIRP, Harborview Medical Center, and Lutheran Community Services NW International Counseling and Community Services to provide legal, medical, and mental health services to survivors of torture in WA. Prior to joining NWIRP, she was an Attorney Advisor with the US Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review. She earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

  • Chiyo Crawford, Grants and Contracts Coordinator

    Chiyo manages federal, state, and local contracts, along with private foundation and corporate grants, for NWIRP. A former English teacher with a passion for literature that inspires social change, Chiyo is honored to be a part of an organization working for immigrant rights and systemic change. She grew up in Seattle and lives in the city with her partner, James, and their daughter.

  • Tess Duong, Accountant

    Being part of an immigrant family, Tess truly understands the difficulties that immigrants have been facing in order to survive and live happily in this country. She is honored to join NWIRP’s team and ready to contribute to the growth of the organization. Tess obtained her B.A. degree in Finance from University of Washington. She has previously volunteered as a tax preparer for the United Way of King County in 2014. In her personal time, she enjoys cooking, yoga, and hiking.

  • Elizabeth Eisenberg, Staff Attorney (FSU)

    Elizabeth is a staff attorney in the Family Services Unit in Seattle. Prior to joining NWIRP, she was a public defender at the Bronx Defenders in New York for six years. She practiced in criminal court for five years, and then joined the Bronx Defenders' removal defense team with the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, an initiative to establish public defense in immigration court. Elizabeth earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in psychology and Spanish.

  • Natasha El-Sergany, Staff Attorney (VAWA)

    Natasha is a staff attorney in VAWA unit and represents survivors of violence in obtaining U Visas, asylum, and other immigration benefits. Natasha earned a B.A. in English and a minor in Arabic from the University of Florida and graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Before joining NWIRP Natasha worked as a staff attorney at Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, a volunteer attorney at several organizations across the Southeastern U.S., and as a legal services attorney in Miami, Florida.

  • Bruna Estrada Fortanelli, Staff Attorney

    Bruna is a staff attorney representing individuals in removal proceedings. She earned her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and is a 2014 Gates Public Service Law Scholar. Prior to joining NWIRP, Bruna worked as a director of college counseling and as an AmeriCorps member where she helped first generation students, mostly immigrant youth, attend college.

  • Natalie Hansen, Staff Attorney

    Natalie is a staff attorney in the NWIRP's citizenship unit where she represents lawful permanent residents in complex citizenship cases. Prior to joining NWRIP, Natalie worked at American Gateways (formerly the Political Asylum Project of Austin) and subsequently founded a low-bono immigration law firm in Austin, Texas. Natalie graduated with honors from Seattle University School of Law in 2009.

  • Margaret Gaffney, Attorney (Citizenship)

    Margaret is a staff attorney who primarily handles citizenship cases. She joined NWIRP at our Granger office in 2005 and transferred to the Seattle office in 2014. She joined NWIRP after fourteen years as an Administrative Law Judge. Margaret obtained her Bachelor's Degree from Seattle University and her Law Degree from University of Washington.

  • Lizeth Garcia, Development Associate

  • Sefanit Ghezahegn, Legal Advocate (FSU)

    Sefanit is a legal advocate for the Family Services Unit. She earned her B.A. from Seattle Pacific University and is finishing up her Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington. Sefanit's research is primarily focused on the health of immigrants, she came to NWIRP with an interest in understanding the legal system that people have to navigate. Starting as a General Intake intern, she fell in love with the work in the process.

  • Audrey Gilliam Staff Attorney (Asylum)

    Audrey is a staff attorney in the Asylum Unit. Prior to joining NWIRP, Audrey represented immigrant survivors of labor and sex trafficking as a Skadden Fellow at the National Immigrant Justice Center. She was also an Attorney Advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, at the El Paso Immigration Court. Audrey earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University with a B.A. in sociology and Spanish. She is licensed to practice in Illinois.

  • Carolina Gomez Legal Advocate (VAWA)

    Carolina Gomez is a legal advocate with the VAWA Unit. She works with survivors of crime in preparing and completing forms for various types of relief, such as U-visas, T-visas, and VAWA self-petitions. Before joining NWIRP, Carolina was an AmeriCorps service member at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center (NMILC). Prior to that, Carolina taught undergraduate Spanish courses in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at the University of New Mexico, where she earned her degrees. Carolina has a Masters in Latin American Studies, with emphasis on human rights and anthropology, a B.S in Signed Language Interpreting, and a B.A in Portuguese.

  • Kevin Haag, Administrative Director

    Kevin is an aspiring practical polymath who manages NWIRP's office systems, infrastructure and human resources. He supervises Seattle's front desk and the operations staff who ensure NWIRP runs smoothly behind the scenes. Kevin has a B.A. in Sociology, Spanish and International Development from Calvin College. He is honored to support our vision of a fair and equitable immigration system that respects all peoples' dignity.

  • Omar Haggag, Accredited Representative (Citizenship)

    Omar is a legal advocate and accredited representative in the Citizenship Unit. He performs Citizenship intakes for potential clients and represents those who have submitted naturalization applications.

  • Henry Hwang, Staff Attorney (Removal Defense)

    Henry is a staff attorney in the Removal Defense Unit. Before joining NWIRP, he represented applicants seeking asylum or relief from removal. He earned his JD from the University of Michigan and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is licensed to practice in New York, but prefers to play with his children in Seattle.

  • A.J. Johnson, Accredited Representative (VAWA)

    AJ is an accredited representative in the VAWA Unit. He assists victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes in completing applications for various forms of relief. He also works with community partners at Skagit Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services in receiving referrals and providing support.

  • Leila Kang, Staff Attorney (Impact Litigation)

    Leila represents individuals before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Federal Courts. She first joined NWIRP in June 2014 as a staff attorney at our Tacoma office, where she represented immigrant detainees in removal proceedings. Leila is a graduate of NYU School of Law and Brown University.

  • Erin Lunde Keenan, Director of Development and Communications

    Erin is responsible for leading and building the organization’s fundraising and communication efforts. and she enjoys engaging individuals and the wider community in NWIRP's work and mission. Prior to joining NWIRP in 2013, Erin led fundraising and community engagement efforts for nonprofits in Leavenworth and Wenatchee, WA. Erin earned her B.A. from Luther College and grew up in North Dakota.

  • Lindsay Lennox, Staff Attorney (Children & Youth)

    Lindsay is a Staff Attorney for Children and Youth. She represents children and parents who are currently in removal proceedings and typically works to obtain immigration relief for her clients through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status or Asylum. Lindsay was a Peace Corps Volunteer and Volunteer Coordinator in Bolivia, obtained her B.A. from Southern Oregon University, and her J.D. from the University of Oregon. Prior to coming to NWIRP, Lindsay was a public defender in King County for eight years.

  • Rocio Martinez, Legal Advocate

    Rocio is a legal advocate with the VAWA Unit. Shefirst joined NWIRP in May 2016 as a volunteer with the VAWA Unit. Rocio has several years of experience working as an immigration paralegal and feels privileged to be able to help people of so many ethnicities and cultural backgrounds with their immigration matters. She received her AA in Paralegal Studies and Political Science from Highline Community College in 2007.

  • Jenny Mashek, Supervising Attorney (VAWA)

    Jenny is the Supervising Attorney of NWIRP's Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Unit. The VAWA Unit represents immigrant survivors of violence with VAWA Self-Petitions, I-751 Waiver Petitions, U Visas, and T Visas, as well as removal defense. Jenny received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. from the University of Iowa. She spent five years practicing law at Farmworker Legal Services of Michigan before joining NWIRP in May 2008.

  • Janice Murray, Bookkeeper

    Janice has been working with non-profit organizations as a volunteer and as a professional for thirty six years. She comes to NWIRP after working at the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association. Janice is in charge of the day-to-day bookkeeping operations for NWIRP.

  • Georgina Olazcon Mozo, Staff Attorney (VAWA)

    Georgina is a staff attorney in the VAWA Unit. She was born in Puebla, Mexico and moved to Seattle when she was 15 years old. Georgina first joined NWIRP in the summer of 2013 as a law school intern. In her current role, her primary focus is working with survivors of crime. She earned her A.A. from Highline Community College and a B.A. in Law, Societies, and Justice from the University of Washington. She earned her J.D. in 2015 from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.

  • Kevin Nuñez, Legal Advocate

    Kevin is a legal advocate for the Children & Youth Advocacy Program at the NWIRP Seattle office. He assists children who are currently in removal proceedings and typically works to obtain immigration relief through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status or Asylum. Previously he was working as a social worker for unaccompanied immigrant youth who were under the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and received his MSW in 2014.

  • Ashleen O'Brien, Front Desk Coordinator

    As the front desk coordinator in the Seattle office, Ashleen is grateful to have the opportunity to experience the resiliency and power of NWIRP's clients. She hopes to become a lawyer in the future. Outside of work, she likes to paint, read, and be unserious.

  • Mozhdeh Oskouian, Directing Attorney

    Mozhdeh is the Directing Attorney of the NWIRP Seattle office. In August of 2006, she became the supervising attorney of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Unit. She became the directing attorney of NWIRP’s Seattle office in April 2015. Mozhdeh represents immigrant survivors of domestic violence affirmatively, before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and defensively, before the immigration court and the board of immigration appeals. She also represents clients’ interest before federal courts. Prior to joining NWIRP, she worked with the Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child in Tehran, Iran to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Iran ratified in 1994.

  • Daniel Pérez, Accredited Rep. / Intake & Outreach Coordinator

    Daniel has been on NWIRP's staff since 1997, and is currently the General Intake & Outreach Coordinator and BIA Accredited Representative in the Seattle office, where he supervises a team of general intake interns. He graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila in 1987 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Public Administration. He worked in different capacities in the Federal Department of Agriculture of Mexico from 1974-1988. He ran a private consulting office from 1988-1991. He is also a former professor at the Universidad Autónoma de la Laguna, in Torreón, Coahuila; México.

  • Ashley Piper, Staff Attorney (VAWA)

    Ashley is a Staff Attorney for the VAWA Unit. She represents survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking obtain immigration relief through VAWA Self Petitions, U visas, T visas and asylum. Ashley obtained her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Montana State University and J.D. from the University of Montana. Ashley focused both her undergraduate and legal studies on immigrant advocacy in the states of Montana and Washington.

  • Roxana Rahmani, Staff Attorney (VAWA)

    Roxana is a staff attorney in the VAWA Unit, where she provides direct representation to immigrant survivors of violence. Prior to joining NWIRP as a legal fellow in the Children and Youth Unit, she was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Catharine F. Easterly of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park.

  • Miguel Rivas Perez, Legal Advocate

    Miguel is a legal advocate at NWIRP's Seattle office. He earned his high school diploma from Shelton High School.

  • Vanessa Reyes, Legal Advocate (VAWA)

    Vanessa Reyes is a legal advocate with the VAWA Unit. She works with survivors of crime in preparing and completing forms for various types of relief and also works with community partners at Tacoma Community House in receiving referrals and providing support. Before starting as a full-time staff member, Vanessa was a yearlong volunteer at NWIRP through Lutheran Volunteer Corps. Vanessa received their undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Vanessa is a committed advocate for justice. In their spare time, Vanessa enjoys conserving energy (i.e. taking naps).

  • Bernard Rodriguez, IT Associate

    Bernard is an IT associate based the Seattle office. He has a deep and broad commitment to empowering organizations and technology users to make the most of the tools at their disposal. But even more importantly, Bernard is uncompromising in his commitment to a better world. He’s recently worked as a labor organizer at Working Washington and has taught online privacy and anonymity workshops to activists.

  • Rachel Rubinstein, Staff Attorney (VAWA)

    Rachel is a staff attorney in the VAWA unit. She first worked at NWIRP as an Americorps volunteer in 2006, and spent five years in the VAWA and Naturalization units before attending law school at Georgia State University.

  • Tania Santiago, Legal Advocate (VAWA)

    Tania has been a legal advocate for the VAWA Unit since November 2014. She is responsible for working on many different types of cases including obtaining U visas for qualifying clients. In 2014, Tania graduated from the University of Washington majoring in sociology with a minor in education. As an immigrant herself, Tania is passionate about assisting community members through the immigration legal system. For her, nothing is more satisfying than letting a client know that their applications have been approved and that they now have legal status.

  • Dulce Siguenza, Grants & Administrative Associate

  • John Sparks, Finance Director

    John has been a financial manager/controller for various educational, social service, and cultural organizations in the Seattle area for the past 20 years. John is a licensed CPA and lives with his wife in Issaquah, WA

  • Christopher Strawn, Staff Attorney (Asylum)

    Christopher is a staff attorney and the director of the Asylum Unit since 2006. Previously he was an associate at the law firm of Gibbs Houston Pauw in Seattle, Washington, and a clerk for the Honorable Marsha J. Pechman, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington. He graduated from Harvard Law School and has a certificate in refugee studies from the University of Oxford.

  • Michele Suarez, Staff Attorney (DACA)

    Michele is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) staff attorney. She provides direct representation to clients and coordinates the DACA clinics. As a child of immigrants, she is passionate about serving the immigrant community. Michele has two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Washington, where she graduated cum laude. She also earned her J.D. from the University of Washington. Before working at NWIRP, she worked in the juvenile and dependency units of the King County Department of Public Defense. She is a member of the William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court, and the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington.

  • Deniz Uysal-Ferré, Legal Advocate (FSU)

    Deniz Uysal-Ferré is a legal advocate at the Family Services Unit. She studied Spanish Language and Literature and received her Bachelor's Degree from Ankara University in Turkey and received her Advanced Paralegal Certificate from Edmonds Community College in Edmonds, WA.

  • Melissa Vue, Legal Advocate / Intake Coordinator (Citizenship)

    Melissa is a legal advocate and intake coordinator for the Citizenship and Naturalization Unit. NWIRP has inspired her passion for helping other immigrants who are seeking guidance. Melissa obtained her A.A. from Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. Her dream is to pursue a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Washington State University. Outside of work, she enjoys growing flowers at her farm and reading books.

  • Jordan Wasserman, Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney

    Jordan provides direct representation to detained and non-detained individuals who are seeking immigration status and who are trying to avoid deportation. In his capacity as Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, Jordan manages NWIRP's pro bono program. His role includes, among other things, being the primary contact and support for the hundreds of attorneys who represent NWIRP-referred clients on a volunteer basis. Jordan has been a staff attorney at NWIRP since early 2007. In that time, NWIRP's pro bono program has doubled in size, and now refers out approximately 230 cases each year.

Tacoma Office

  • Elizabeth Benki, Staff Attorney

    Elizabeth received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. After completing her undergraduate degree, she spent several years as an accredited representative at Catholic Charities in Houston, Texas, and has also worked with Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta and the Women’s Refugee Commission in Washington, D.C. In 2012, Elizabeth relocated to the Pacific Northwest and is now a NWIRP staff who provides pro se assistance and direct representation to individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center.

  • Meghan Casey, Staff Attorney

    Meghan is a senior staff attorney who supervises the Tacoma office's non-detained unit, which provides legal services, including direct representation, to survivors of domestic violence, trafficking, and other crimes; unaccompanied children; asylum-seekers; and immigrants in removal proceedings. She graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law and received her B.A. from Boston College. Meghan previously practiced removal defense/immigration law in private practice for two years before joining NWIRP and also volunteered as a NWIRP pro bono attorney.

  • Virginia Cole, Legal Advocate / Office Manager

    Gina has been a staff member since 2006. She is part of the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) where she works to provide pro se legal assistance to individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center. She also manages the office infrastructure, ensuring that the office runs smoothly and efficiently. Gina has a B.A. in Spanish and B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University.

  • Maria Cordero-Miranda, Legal Advocate

    Maria is part of the Legal Orientation Program where she works to provide pro se legal assistance to detainees at the Northwest Detention Center. Maria has a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Texas and a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Washington. Maria is a native of Nicaragua and enjoys helping others navigate the immigration system by providing the tools and information necessary to do so.

  • Anna Rae Goethe, Staff Attorney

    Anna Rae is a staff attorney in the Tacoma office. She represents children and families in removal proceedings and works to obtain immigration relief for her clients through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and asylum, as well as affirmative petitions before USCIS. Prior to law school, Anna Rae was a preschool teacher in Thailand and spent two years as an AmeriCorps member. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Chicago and her J.D. from the University of Washington.

  • Jenna Golan-Strieb, Legal Advocate

    Jenna is a legal advocate working to provide pro se legal orientation assistance to immigrants detained at the Northwest Detention Center. She graduated in 2015 from University of Puget Sound with a B.A. in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture, Latin American Studies, and Global Development Studies. Prior to coming to NWIRP, Jenna was a legal assistant for another legal orientation program site in Washington D.C. and a member of AVODAH: Jewish Service Corps.

  • Kelsey Jevitt, Staff Attorney

    Kelsey is a staff attorney who provides direct representation to those in removal proceedings at the Northwest Detention Center. Kelsey obtained a B.S. and B.A. from Northeastern University. She earned her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law where she focused on immigration and international human rights.

  • Andrea Lino, Staff Attorney

    Andrea Lino is a staff attorney in the legal orientation program and provides individual representation for detainees. Andrea is an attorney in Guatemala and in the United States. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Law.

  • Mariane Jacobs Maccarini, Staff Attorney

    Mariane is a staff attorney and is part of the Tacoma Survivors' Unit (TSU), which provides legal services, including direct representation, to survivors of domestic violence, trafficking, and other crimes; unaccompanied children; asylum-seekers; and immigrants in removal proceedings. Mariane is a licensed attorney in Brazil and in the United States. She earned a Law Degree from Universidade de Passo Fundo and a L.L.M. degree from University of Washington School of Law.

  • Camila Maturana, Staff Attorney

    Camila Maturana is a staff attorney who works with migrants in removal proceedings, unaccompanied children, and asylum seekers. She received a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.A. from University of Chicago.

  • Karina Perez-Gonzalez, Legal Advocate

    Karina Perez-Gonzalez is a legal advocate in the Tacoma Survivors' Unit (TSU). She assists unaccompanied minors, asylum seekers, and immigrant crime survivors with various forms of immigration relief.

  • Bill Schwarz, Legal Advocate (Defender Referral & Representation)

    Bill Schwarz is a legal advocate and part of the Defender Referral and Representation Unit (DRRU), where he works to provide direct legal services to individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center.

  • Sara Sluszka, Staff Attorney

    Sara is a staff attorney and serves as a liaison between NWIRP and the community-based organization Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest (AID NW); she coordinates referrals for social services, safe release from detention, and other services for asylum-seekers and other detained immigrants facing deportation. Sara earned her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, and is admitted to the New York State bar. Before joining NWIRP, she worked on the U.S.- Mexico border as an attorney at Casa de Proyecto Libertad, a community-based immigration legal services non-profit organization in Harlingen, Texas. She is fluent in Spanish and French, and speaks basic Khmer, Moroccan Arabic and Wolof. She is especially passionate about defending the rights of people with criminal records.

  • Chris Stanislowski, Staff Attorney (Defender Referral & Representation)

    Chris is a staff attorney in the Defender Referral and Representation Unit (DRRU). Along with the rest of the DRRU team, he provides in-depth case assessments for individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center who have clear ties to King County, WA. Following these assessments, Chris provides direct representation to those individuals who are eligible for immigration relief and cannot afford an attorney. DRRU also participates in outreach to public defender offices to ensure that a large number of individuals who are involved in the King County criminal justice system can receive representation in their subsequent immigration cases. Chris earned his J.D. and B.A. from New York University, as well a Masters of Science in Education from the City College of New York.

  • Tim Warden-Hertz, Directing Attorney

    Tim is the Directing Attorney for the Tacoma office of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Tim’s work at NWIRP focuses on representation and pro se orientation for individuals detained by immigration at the Northwest Detention Center. He is inspired each day by his coworkers and by people detained and fighting for their families and for their own safety. Prior to joining NWIRP, Tim was the Legal Director of the Immigration Law Programs at Catholic Social Services in Fall River, Massachusetts, a Staff Attorney with the Farmworker Division at Georgia Legal Services, and a Fellow/Attorney in the Immigration Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Wenatchee Office

  • Chrystal Arceo-Rosales, Legal Advocate

    Chrystal is a legal advocate who works on various types of cases, including humanitarian based relief for survivors of crime and family based relief to help families stay together. Prior to working at NWIRP, Chrystal spent 8 years as a victim/witness advocate at the Chelan County Prosecutor's Office. Chrystal is from the Wenatchee Valley, and she enjoys assisting those in her community who are navigating the immigration system.

  • Vanessa Arno, Staff Attorney

    Vanessa is a staff attorney who represents rural Washingtonians in their petitions for U and VAWA status. She earned a B.A. from the University of Colorado and a J.D. from Seattle University.

  • Bethany Eichler, Staff Attorney

  • Vanessa Gutierrez, Directing Attorney

    Vanessa Gutierrez is the Directing Attorney in the Wenatchee office. Advocating for access to legal services in rural areas is particularly important to Vanessa, and she has worked in many capacities in under-served areas of Washington. She has been a part of NWIRP since 2010, and has previously worked in the Moses Lake and Seattle offices of NWIRP. Her practice spans a broad range of immigration relief, with a focus on Family, U Visa, VAWA and removal defense.

  • Lisa Herrera, Staff Attorney

    Lisa is a staff attorney who helps children and adults obtain immigration relief through Asylum, U and T Visas, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Lisa emigrated from El Salvador at a young age and grew up with a passion for human rights because of her family's experiences. Lisa earned her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law and has a B.A. from the University of Washington.

  • Jasmine Mogollan Roa, Legal Advocate/Front Desk Coordinator

    Jasmine is a legal advocate and front desk coordinator in the Wenatchee office. Growing up in a small agricultural town called Bridgeport, she realized the great need for advocates in her area and other rural communities. Jasmine earned a B.A. from Central Washington University and hopes to become a lawyer in the future.

  • Janet Moran, Legal Advocate

    Janet is a legal advocate who helps victims of crime in eastern Washington obtain immigration benefits. Janet grew up in the Yakima Valley before earning her B.A. from the University of Washington. She is passionate about immigrant rights and serving her community.

  • Jessie Rehms, Staff Attorney

    Jessie is a staff attorney focused primarily on helping victims of crime apply for U-visa and VAWA immigration benefits, Jessie also represents asylum seekers and individuals in removal proceedings. Jessie received her J.D. from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law and is licensed to practice in Colorado.

  • Jennifer Villarroel Vargas, Staff Attorney

    Jennifer Villarroel Vargas is a staff attorney who helps central washingtonians in need of immigration representation, with a primary focus on VAWA and U Visas. Jennifer obtained her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University.