Team ImmDef

ImmDef has profound experience and a proven track record of serving clients from all over the world, with particular cultural competence serving Latin-American immigrants. Many of our staff members are immigrants themselves or the children or grandchildren of immigrants from Mexico and Central America. As such, our team is able to draw upon our deep roots in the communities that we serve in order provide culturally competent legal services. ImmDef regularly hosts trainings to assist our staff in providing trauma-informed services and we have held trainings to address culturally competent services for particular populations including LGBTQ clients. The majority of ImmDef's client-serving staff are bilingual in English and one or more additional languages. The vast majority of clients we serve are Spanish speaking, and as such, many of our staff have a high degree of Spanish language proficiency. Further, we have staff who speak the following languages: Farsi, French, Japanese, Punjabi, Hindi, Tagalog, and Amharic.  

leadership team

LINDSAY TOCZYLOWSKI
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Susan Alva
Associate Director
bhairavi asher
managing attorney
MARGARET CARGIOLI
managing attorney
nicole cortes
 
human resources manager
troy elder
supervising attorney
YLIANA JOHANSEN-MENDEZ
LEGAL SERVICES DIRECTOR
Joyce Noche
LEGAL SERVICES DIRECTOR
laura olmos
 
operations COORDINATOR
natalia rodriguez
paralegal coordinator
jonathan barrales
 
support services manager
devin chatterton
 
managing attorney
mickey donovan
directing attorney
cynthia Isabel Felix
 
managing attorney
eva leiva
 
program coodinator
lisa okamoto
directing attorney
Jonathan
orta
 
paralegal
COORDINATOR
axel sawczuk
finance and operations director
sarena bhatia
managing attorney
hannah comstock
managing attorney
cathy dreyfuss
SR. STAFF ATTORNEY
renee garcia
 
development & Communications manager
arlette lozano
paralegal coordinator
carlos olivares
 
administrative coordinator
reaSHLEY PINEDA
 
CASE MANAGEment COORDINATOR
amanda schuft
directing attorney
Munmeeth "meeth" Soni
Director of Litigation & Advocacy
eric vera
managing attorney

LEGAL STAFF & SUPPORT STAFF

Alejandra
aguilar ruiz
 
Paralegal
soledad alejandre
 
paralegal
Caitlin anderson
 
staff attorney
Anna Barie
 
Executive Assistant
karina e. ramos
 
staff attorney
sandra bautista
 
paralegal
chelsea bell
 
staff attorney
rosana carretero
 
receptionist
emily chertoff
 
staff attorney
alma corado barrios
case management associate
emilie dajer-pascal
staff attorney
roberto de La Peña
 
development and communications assistant
Brenda De Leon 
 
Paralegal
Andrea Debroy
Legal assistant
daniela diaz
paralegal
edgar
diaz gonzalez
 
paralegal
Oscar Garcia Mendoza
 
program associate
daniel 
Gonzalez
operations associate
miriam enriquez
staff attorney
carmen godinez-tapia
Program Associate
Kathleen gutierrez
legal assistant
dulce guzman
program associate
shoshana kushner​
staff attorney
kimberly harbin
staff attorney
selene lopez​
paralegal
Ana Karen manjarrez
paralegal
madeline mccormick​
case management associate
mayra navarro​
staff attorney
harlan peebles​
operations associate
paulina reyes​
staff attorney
luis rodriguez
staff attorney
rogelio maravilla​
Paralegal
Kelly Miller​
Justice Catalyst Fellow
jennifer norris​
staff attorney
andres pena​
paralegal
april rios​
paralegal
Natalie Sanchez​
Finance Associate
aracely estrada
 
program associate
Iliana Gomez 
staff attorney
patrick gutierrez
Staff Attorney
Mona iman​
staff attorney
Mayra Lozano
gardner fellow
mary mattingly
human resource associate
neysa nankervis​
staff attorney
sandra patlan​
staff attorney
sarah poblano​
paralegal
aiko marcial​
paralegal
michelle saucedo​
equal justice works fellow
katie siler
staff attorney
edwin vargas​
staff attorney
marie sutton
staff attorney
jacqueline vargas​
paralegal
jennifer toledo​
paralegal
september cervera​
staff attorney
yaffa yermian​
administrative assistant
alma zazueta​
paralegal