Meet our team

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. 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

Lindsay Toczylowski

Executive Director

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Susan Alva

Associate Director

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Bhairavi Asher

Managing Attorney

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Margaret Cargioli

Managing Attorney

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Nicole Cortes

Human Resources Manager

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Cynthia Felix

Managing Attorney

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Daniel Gonzalez

IT Supervisor

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Leah Jones-Swanson

Managing Attorney

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Arlette Lozano

Paralegal Coordinator

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Carlos Olivares

Administrative Coordinator

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Reashly Pineda Leon

Case Management Coordinator

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Amanda Schuft

Directing Attorney

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Eric Vera

Managing Attorney

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Jonathan Barrales

Support Services Manager

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Devin Chatterton

Managing Attorney

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Mickey Donovan-Kaloust

Directing Attorney

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Diana Gama Salmeron

Program Coordinator

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Kimberly Harbin

Managing Attorney

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Eva Leiva Partnoy

Program Coordinator

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Joyce Noche

Legal Services Director

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Laura Olmos

Operations Manager

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Natalia Rodriguez

Paralegal Coordinator

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Munmeeth Soni

Director of Litigation and Advocacy

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Sarena Bhatia

Managing Attorney

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Hannah Comstock

Managing Attorney

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Cathy Dreyfuss

Supervising Attorney

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Renee Garcia

Development & Communications Manager

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Yliana Johansen-Mendez

Legal Services Director

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Abigail Lloyd

Supervising Attorney

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Lisa Okamoto

Directing Attorney

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Jonathon Orta

Paralegal Coordinator

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Axel Sawczuk

Finance and Operations Director

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Jennifer Toledo

Paralegal Coordinator

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ImmDef Team

Alejandra Aguilar Ruiz

Paralegal

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Soledad Alejandre

Paralegal

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Fernanda Antonello

Staff Attorney

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Karina E. Ramos

Staff Attorney

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Nicholas Borkowski

Staff Attorney

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Marcos Cerna Gonzalez

Staff Attorney

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Ismael De Anda

Legal Assistant

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Roberto De La Peña

Development & Communications Assistant

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Lucia Diaz

Staff Attorney

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Nicholas Garces

Staff Attorney

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Carmen Godinez-Tapia

Program Associate

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Annabel Gonzalez

Paralegal

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Llaned Huerta

Law Clerk

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Shoshana Kushner

Staff Attorney

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Ana Karen Manjarrez

Paralegal

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Madeline McCormick

Case Management Associate

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Muñoz Stefany

Paralegal

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Jennifer Norris

Staff Attorney

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Sandra Patlan

Staff Attorney

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Johana Peña

Paralegal

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Paulina Reyes

Staff Attorney

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Madeline Sachs

Paralegal

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Carson Scott

Legal Fellow

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Edwin Vargas

Staff Attorney

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Juana Warlic

Program Associate

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Paola Aguirre

Operations Associate

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Cesia Alvarez

Staff Attorney

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Maricela Baltazar

Case Management Associate

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Sandra Bautista

Paralegal

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Kelly Camacho

Program Associate

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Michael Citrin

Legal Fellow

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Brenda De Leon

Paralegal

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Edgar Diaz Gonzalez

Paralegal

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Eduardo Doering

Staff Attorney

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Oscar Garcia Mendoza

Case Management Associate

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Anna Rae Goethe

Staff Attorney

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Kathleen Gutierrez

Legal Assistant

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Mona Iman

Staff Attorney

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Selene Lopez

Paralegal

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Rogelio Maravilla

Paralegal

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Ethan Metcalfe

Executive Assistant

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Neysa Nankervis

Staff Attorney

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Marlene Olarra

Administrative Assistant

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Harlan Peebles

Operations Associate

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Sarah Poblano

Paralegal

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April Rios

Paralegal

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Natalie Sanchez

Finance Associate

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Katie Siler

Staff Attorney

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Jacqueline Vargas

Paralegal

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Alma Zazueta

Paralegal

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Carmine Aiello

Staff Attorney

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Caitlin Anderson

Staff Attorney

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Anna Barie

Executive Assistant

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Chelsea Bell

Staff Attorney

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Rosana Carretero

Receptionist

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Kely Cortes

Paralegal

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Andrea Debroy

Legal Assistant

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Daniela Diaz

Paralegal

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Miriam Enriquez

Staff Attorney

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Dani Gies

Staff Attorney

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Iliana Gomez

Staff Attorney

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Dulce Guzman

Program Associate

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Marc Jacome

Staff Attorney

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Amanda Manalo

Staff Attorney

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Mary Mattingly

Human Resources Associate

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Camila Mojica

Law Clerk

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Mayra Navarro

Staff Attorney

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Alina Pastor-Chermak

Law Clerk

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Andres Peña

Paralegal

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Sandra Ramirez

Legal Assistant

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Luis Rodriguez

Staff Attorney

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Michelle Saucedo

Equal Justice Works Fellow

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Elaine Torres

Staff Attorney

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September Cervera

Staff Attorney

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