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Meet Our Team



Lindsay Toczylowski, Executivde Director at Immigrant Defenders Law Center.


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. For the past 15 years, Lindsay has provided legal representation to thousands of immigrants and refugees with various nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Lindsay is on the Board of Directors of Asylum Access, an international nonprofit that fights for the rights of refugees in the global South. Lindsay is the proud mother of two revolutionaries-in-training, and they are her inspiration to keep fighting for social justice every day.



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.



Associate Director 

Yliana is originally from Pasadena, CA. She is the wife and daughter of Mexican immigrants, and the proud mother of two.

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow she did groundbreaking work

with unaccompanied minors, creating the first One-Parent

SIJS Manual for attorneys

seeking predicate orders

before family courts in California.

She joined ImmDef in 2018 after almost five years in government service. Yliana is a fierce

advocate who draws from her experience in government

and removal defense to lead

and train the next generation of immigrant defenders.  

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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Kimberly Harbin

Directing Attorney


Katie Siler

Directing Attorney

Jonathan Barrales, Support Services Manager at Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Jonathan Barrales

Program Director

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Mickey Donovan-Kaloust

Legal Services Director

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Alvaro Huerta

Litigation and Advocacy Director

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Melissa Shepard

Directing Attorney

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Margaret Cargioli

Directing Attorney Policy & Advocacy

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Cynthia Felix

Directing Attorney

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Axel Sawczuk

Finance and Operations Director

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Amanda Schuft

Legal Services Director

Team Immdef

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