Meet our team


Lindsay Toczylowski, Executivde Director at Immigrant Defenders Law Center.

Lindsay Toczylowski

Executive Director and Co-Founder

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

Associate Director and Co-Founder

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

Directing Attorney

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Nicole Cortes

Director of Human Resources

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Alvaro Huerta

Litigation and Advocacy Director

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Axel Sawczuk

Finance and Operations Director

Jonathan Barrales, Support Services Manager at Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Jonathan Barrales

Program Director

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Mickey Donovan-Kaloust

Directing Attorney


Yliana Johansen-Mendez

Legal Services Director

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Amanda Schuft

Directing Attorney

Margaret Cargioli, Managing Attorney at Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Margaret Cargioli

Directing Attorney

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Kimberly Harbin

Directing Attorney

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Lisa Okamoto

Directing Attorney

Team ImmDef