Meet our team

Leadership

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.  

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. 

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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

Managing Attorney

Margaret Cargioli, Managing Attorney at Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Margaret Cargioli

Directing Attorney

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Mickey Donovan-Kaloust

Directing Attorney

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Renee Garcia

Director of Communications and Development

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Iliana Gomez

Managing Attorney

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Alvaro Huerta

Litigation and Advocacy Director

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Jazmine Lahbabi

Program Coordinator

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Mary Mattingly

HR Supervisor

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Laura Olmos

Operations Manager

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Natalie Sanchez

Finance Supervisor

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Axel Sawczuk

Finance and Operations Director

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Jennifer Toledo

Paralegal Coordinator

Jonathan Barrales, Support Services Manager at Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Jonathan Barrales

Program Director

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Hannah Comstock

Managing Attorney

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Cynthia Felix

Managing Attorney

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Anna Rae Goethe

Managing Attorney

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Daniel Gonzalez

IT Manager

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Yliana Johansen-Mendez

Legal Services Director

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Arlette Lozano

Paralegal Coordinator

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Lisa Okamoto

Directing Attorney

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Reashly Pineda Leon

Case Management Coordinator

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Erica Santamaria

Paralegal Coordinator

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Amanda Schuft

Directing Attorney

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Jacqueline Vargas

Administrative Coordinator

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Chelsea Bell

Managing Attorney

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Nicole Cortes

Director of Human Resources

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Edgar Diaz Gonzalez

Paralegal Coordinator

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Carmen Godinez-Tapia

Program Coordinator

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Kimberly Harbin

Directing Attorney

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Leah Jones-Swanson

Managing Attorney

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Saira Murillo

Program Case Management Coordinator

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Carlos Olivares

Administrative and Data Manager

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Karina Ramos

Managing Attorney

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Michelle Saucedo

Managing Attorney

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Katie Siler

Managing Attorney

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Eric Vera

Managing Attorney

ImmDef Team

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Paola Aguirre

Operations Associate

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Caitlin Anderson

Staff Attorney

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Carlos Avitia Torres

Paralegal

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Brynna Bolt

Staff Attorney

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Rosana Carretero

Paralegal

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Bryan Chavez

Program Associate

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Andrea Debroy

Program Associate

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Daniela Diaz

Program Associate

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Miriam Enriquez

Staff Attorney

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Nicholas Garces

Staff Attorney

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Stephanie Gomez

Paralegal

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Dulce Gonzalez

Program Associate

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Llaned Huerta

Staff Attorney

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Juan Jacobo

IT  Associate

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Shoshana Kushner

Staff Attorney

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Selene Lopez

Paralegal

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Cecilia Martinez Ramirez

Legal Assistant

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Daisy Mercado

Post-Bar Law Clerk

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Jennifer Norris

Staff Attorney

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Johana Peña

Paralegal

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Sarah Poblano

Paralegal

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Paulina Reyes

Staff Attorney

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Maria Rodriguez Witrago

Paralegal

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Carson Scott

Staff Attorney

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Ariana Tellez

Program Associate

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Jacqueline Vargas

Administrative Coordinator

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Alma Zazueta

Paralegal

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Soledad Alejandre

Paralegal

Fernanda Antonello-Bailey

Fernanda Antonello

Staff Attorney

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Maricela Baltizar

Case Management Associate

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Nicholas Borkowski

Staff Attorney

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Cynthia Castro

Paralegal

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Kely Cortes

Paralegal

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Brianda Diaz

Administrative Assistant

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Lucia Diaz

Staff Attorney

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Jennifer Escobar

Receptionist

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Oscar Garcia Mendoza

Case Management Associate

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David Gonzalez

Data Entry Clerk

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Alyssa Herrera

Case Management Associate

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Kristen Hunsberger

Staff Attorney

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Marc Jacome

Staff Attorney

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Nancy Landaverde

Staff Attorney

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Monica Magana

Program Associate

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Madeline McCormick

Case Management Associate

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Camila Mojica

Staff Attorney

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Sandra Patlan

Staff Attorney

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Michelle Pereda

Paralegal

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Martha Prado

Program Associate

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Viviana Rios

Legal Assistant

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Kevin Rivas

Post-Bar Law Clerk

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Melissa Shepard

Staff Attorney

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Alejandra Thorpe

Staff Attorney

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Edwin Vargas

Staff Attorney

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Dorys Almeida

Staff Attorney

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Erik Arellano

Data Entry & Quality Control Clerk

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Brenda Becerra

Paralegal

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Madeleine Carot

Staff Attorney

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Viridiana Chabolla

Staff Attorney

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Brenda De Leon

Paralegal

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Diana Diaz

Paralegal

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Natalie Dimas

Staff Attorney

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Francynne Eve

Staff Attorney

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Dani Gies

Staff Attorney

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Maira Guadalupe

Program Associate

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Mary Hill

Staff Attorney

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Mona Iman

Staff Attorney

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Amelia Kimbel

Staff Attorney

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Amy Lopez

Paralegal

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Juliana Maroja

Staff Attorney

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Sofia Mendez

Data Entry & Quality Control Clerk

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Juana Moran

Legal Assistant

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Harlan Peebles

Operations Associate

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Beatriz Pineda

Legal Assistant

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Sandra Ramirez

Paralegal

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April Rios

Paralegal

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Nicholas Sakover

Post-Bar Law Clerk

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Angie Sotelo

Staff Attorney

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Maria Vallejo

Program Associate

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Juana Warlick

Program Associate