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

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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, Executivde Director at Immigrant Defenders Law Center.

Lindsay Toczylowski

Executive Director

Lindsay is a social entrepreneur whose work to increase access to justice for immigrants is at the forefront of the movement for universal representation. Lindsay also served as the Overseas Operations Director at Asylum Access, an international nonprofit that fights for the rights of refugees in the global South. She was recently named one of California’s Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers by the Daily Journal. Lindsay is the proud mother of two revolutionaries-in-training, and they are her inspiration to keep fighting for social justice every day. 

Susan Alva, Associated Director at Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Susan Alva

Associate Director

Susan was born in New York City to Mexican and Dominican immigrant parents. She has held various leadership roles defending vulnerable communities and worked on several high-profile cases, including the El Monte Thai garment workers case. She is on the Boards of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Susan is a fierce defender of immigrant's rights and through her work, many lives have been positively impacted. 

Bhairavi Asher, Managing Attorney at Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Bhairavi Asher

Managing Attorney

Margaret Cargioli, Managing Attorney at Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Margaret Cargioli

Managing Attorney

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Mickey Donovan-Kaloust

Directing Attorney

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Diana Gama Salmeron

Program Coordinator

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Daniel Gonzalez

IT Supervisor

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Leah A. Jones

Managing Attorney

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Joyce Noche

Legal Services Director

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Laura Olmos

Operations Manager

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Karina E. RamosM

Managing Attorney

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Erica Santamaria

Paralegal Coordinator

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Katie Siler

Managing Attorney

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Eric Vera

Managing Attorney

Jonathan Barrales, Support Services Manager at Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Jonathan Barrales

Programs Manager

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Hannah Comstock

Managing Attorney

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Cathy Dreyfuss

Sr. Staff Attorney

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Renee Garcia

Development & Communications Manager

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Kimberly Harbin

Managing Attorney

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Eva Leiva Partnoy

Program Coordinator

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Lisa Okamoto

Directing Attorney

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Jonathon Orta

Paralegal Coordinator

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Natalia Rodriguez

Paralegal Coordinator

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Axel Sawczuk

Finance and Operations Director

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Munmeeth Soni

Litigation and Advocacy Director

Sarena Bhatia, Managing Attorney at Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Sarena Bhatia

Managing Attorney

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Nicole Cortes

Human Resources Manager

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Cynthia Felix

Managing Attorney

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Iliana Gomez

Managing Attorney

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Yliana Johansen-Mendez

Legal Services Director

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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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Natalie Sanchez

Finance Supervisor

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Amanda Schuft

Directing Attorney

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Jennifer Toledo

Paralegal Coordinator

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Paola Aguirre

Operations Associate

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Cesia Alvarez

Staff Attorney

Fernanda Antonello-Bailey

Fernanda Antonello

Staff Attorney

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Alejandra Becerra

Paralegal

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Kelly Camacho

Program Associate

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Bryan Chavez

Program Associate

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Ismael De Anda

Legal Assistant

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Edgar Diaz Gonzalez

Paralegal

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Eduardo Doering

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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Kathleen Gutierrez

Legal Assistant

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Llaned Huerta

Staff Attorney

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Shoshana Kushner

Staff Attorney

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Selene Lopez

Paralegal

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Mary Mattingly

Human Resources Associate

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Camila Mojica

Staff Attorney

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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

Paralegal

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Viviana Rios

Legal Assistant

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Madeline Sachs

Paralegal

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Carson Scott

Legal Fellow

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Elaine Torres

Staff Attorney

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Juana Warlick

Program Associate

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Carmine Aiello

Staff Attorney

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Rocio Ambrocio Quintana

Paralegal

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Maricela Baltazar

Case Management Associate

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Chelsea Bell

Staff Attorney

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Rosana Carretero

Receptionist

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Michael Citrin

Legal Fellow

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Brenda De Leon

Paralegal

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Daniela Diaz

Paralegal

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Scarlett Duarte

Detained Youth Empowerment Project Program Associate

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Oscar Garcia Mendoza

Case Management Associate

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Anna Rae Goethe

Staff Attorney

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David Gonzalez

Data Entry Clerk

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Dulce Guzman

Program Associate

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Mona Iman

Staff Attorney

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Jazmine Lahbabi

Program Associate

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Ana Karen Manjarrez

Case Management Associate

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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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Maria Rodriguez Witrago

Paralegal

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Michelle Saucedo

Equal Justice Works Fellow

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Sarah Shlemon

Program Associate

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Edwin Vargas

Staff Attorney

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Alma Zazueta

Paralegal

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Soledad Alejandre

Paralegal

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Caitlin Anderson

Staff Attorney

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Anna Barie

Executive Assistant

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Nicholas Borkowski

Staff Attorney

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Marcos Cerna Gonzalez

Staff Attorney

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Kely Cortes

Paralegal

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Andrea Debroy

Legal Assistant

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Lucia Diaz

Staff Attorney

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Miriam Enriquez

Staff Attorney

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Dani Gies

Staff Attorney

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Stephanie Gomez

Paralegal

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Maria Guadalupe

Program Associate

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Alyssa Herrera

Program Associate

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Marc Jacome

Staff Attorney

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Amy Lopez

Paralegal

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Cecilia Martinez Ramirez

Legal Assistant

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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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Luis Rodriguez

Staff Attorney

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Allyssa Scheyer

Law Clerk

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Meelissa Tapia Cortez

Program Associate

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Jacqueline Vargas

Paralegal