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Our Staff

  • Rosie Achorn-Rubenstein

    Rosie Achorn-Rubenstein

    Benefits Advisor
  • Dinah Adames-Ortiz

    Dinah Adames-Ortiz

    Parent Advocate, FDP
  • John Adelman

    John Adelman

    Attorney, CDP
  • Angeline Andersen

    Angeline Andersen

    Attorney, CDP
  • Kristen Anderson

    Kristen Anderson

    Social Worker, CDP
  • Elena Arons

    Elena Arons

    Investigator
  • Brian Arthur

    Brian Arthur

    Attorney, CDP
  • Paige Austin

    Paige Austin

    Attorney, Immigration
  • Danisbel Avello

    Danisbel Avello

    Attorney, CAP
  • Perla Baez

    Perla Baez

    Civil Legal Advocate
  • MaryAnn Barile

    MaryAnn Barile

    Attorney, FDP
  • Keith Baumann

    Keith Baumann

    Supervising Attorney, FDP
  • Caitlin Becker

    Caitlin Becker

    Supervising Social Worker, FDP
  • Olga Beltre-Heward

    Olga Beltre-Heward

    Investigator
  • Steven Benathen

    Steven Benathen

    Attorney, CDP
  • Kayla Bennett

    Kayla Bennett

    Social Worker, CDP
  • Kristen Black

    Kristen Black

    Social Worker, CDP
  • Michael Bloch

    Michael Bloch

    Investigations Supervisor and Attorney, CDP
  • Alexander Blocker

    Alexander Blocker

    Legal Advocate, CAP
  • Sarah Borsody

    Sarah Borsody

    Attorney, Immigration
  • Jacob Bowden

    Jacob Bowden

    IT Analyst
  • Ryan Brewer

    Ryan Brewer

    Attorney, Immigration
  • Tania Brief

    Tania Brief

    Attorney, CDP
  • Christopher Britten

    Christopher Britten

    Attorney, CDP
  • Natalie Brocklebank

    Natalie Brocklebank

    Investigations Supervisor and Attorney, CDP
  • Deborah Brook

    Deborah Brook

    Social Worker, FDP
  • Ashley Burrell

    Ashley Burrell

    Attorney, CDP
  • Rebecca Chapman

    Rebecca Chapman

    Law Graduate, CDP
  • Michael Cilento

    Michael Cilento

    Post-Conviction Relief Fellow, CDP
  • Erin Cloud

    Erin Cloud

    Team Leader and Attorney, FDP
  • Shlomit Cohen

    Shlomit Cohen

    Attorney, FDP
  • Ilona Coleman

    Ilona Coleman

    Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Alexandra Conlon

    Alexandra Conlon

    Law Graduate, CDP
  • Scott Constantine

    Scott Constantine

    Managing Director, FDP
  • Ana Cordero

    Ana Cordero

    Maintenance Worker
  • Karen Cornelio

    Karen Cornelio

    Legal Advocate, CAP
  • Noemi Cotto

    Noemi Cotto

    FDP Social Worker and Parent Advocate Supervisor
  • Sarah Cremer

    Sarah Cremer

    FDP Social Worker and Program Coordinator, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
  • Kenneth Crouch

    Kenneth Crouch

    Legal Advocate, CAP
  • Yolanda Cruz

    Yolanda Cruz

    Controller
  • Shannon Cumberbatch

    Shannon Cumberbatch

    Attorney, CDP
  • Kiana Davis

    Kiana Davis

    Community Intake Advocate
  • Anne Dean

    Anne Dean

    Attorney, CDP
  • Sarah Deri Oshiro

    Sarah Deri Oshiro

    Supervising Immigration Attorney
  • Chastity Diaz

    Chastity Diaz

    Receptionist
  • Matt Diaz

    Matt Diaz

    Intake Coordinator
  • Colby Dillon

    Colby Dillon

    Attorney, CDP
  • Archana Dittakavi

    Archana Dittakavi

    Attorney, FDP
  • Christa Douaihy

    Christa Douaihy

    Team Leader and Attorney, CAP
  • Graham Dumas

    Graham Dumas

    Attorney, CAP
  • Jennifer Dunbar

    Jennifer Dunbar

    Social Worker, CDP
  • Kathryn Dyer

    Kathryn Dyer

    Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Lenora Easter

    Lenora Easter

    Attorney, CDP
  • Elizabeth Eisenberg

    Elizabeth Eisenberg

    Attorney, CDP
  • Ziara Escalera

    Ziara Escalera

    Office Manager
  • Bardia Eshghi

    Bardia Eshghi

    Attorney, CDP
  • Linda Evarts

    Linda Evarts

    Attorney, CDP
  • Morgan Everhart

    Morgan Everhart

    Law Graduate, CDP
  • Lindsay Ferguson

    Lindsay Ferguson

    Team Leader and Social Worker, CDP
  • Ruben Fernandez

    Ruben Fernandez

    Attorney, CDP
  • Laura Ferro

    Laura Ferro

    Law Graduate, FDP
  • Annelise Finney

    Annelise Finney

    Investigator
  • Mara Fleder

    Mara Fleder

    Attorney, FDP
  • Mairin Fogarty

    Mairin Fogarty

    Attorney, CDP
  • Meridith Foley

    Meridith Foley

    Social Worker, FDP
  • Jennifer Friedman

    Jennifer Friedman

    Director of Immigration Practice
  • Emily Galvin

    Emily Galvin

    Attorney, CDP
  • Eddie Garcia

    Eddie Garcia

    Legal Assistant
  • Dawit Getachew

    Dawit Getachew

    Law Graduate, CDP
  • Janet Gibson

    Janet Gibson

    Arraignment Clerk
  • Conor Gleason

    Conor Gleason

    Supervising Immigration Attorney, CAP
  • Ben Goldstein

    Ben Goldstein

    Attorney, CDP
  • Chazley Gonzalez

    Chazley Gonzalez

    Parent Advocate, FDP
  • Fausta Gonzalez

    Fausta Gonzalez

    Team Administrator
  • Michelle Gonzalez

    Michelle Gonzalez

    Law Graduate, Immigration
  • Anisha Gupta

    Anisha Gupta

    Attorney, CDP
  • Ashley Guzman

    Ashley Guzman

    Legal Advocate, CAP
  • Daniel Hamburg

    Daniel Hamburg

    Law Graduate, CDP
  • Ruth Hamilton

    Ruth Hamilton

    Attorney, CDP
  • Lauren Harris

    Lauren Harris

    Supervising Social Worker, CDP
  • Steven Hasty

    Steven Hasty

    Attorney, CAP
  • Whitney Hayes

    Whitney Hayes

    Law Graduate, CDP
  • Morgan Hill

    Morgan Hill

    FDP Social Worker, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
  • Mariam Hinds

    Mariam Hinds

    Attorney, CDP
  • Jessica Horan-Block

    Jessica Horan-Block

    Attorney, FDP
  • Camilla Hsu

    Camilla Hsu

    Attorney, CDP
  • Robert Hupf

    Robert Hupf

    Attorney, CAP
  • Patrice Ingham

    Patrice Ingham

    Investigator
  • Pamela Itzkowitch

    Pamela Itzkowitch

    Attorney, CDP
  • Alexandria Jackman

    Alexandria Jackman

    Legal Advocate, CAP
  • Mia Jackson-Rosenthal

    Mia Jackson-Rosenthal

    Attorney, CDP
  • Karume James

    Karume James

    Attorney, CDP
  • Patrice James

    Patrice James

    Attorney, CDP
  • Lilly Jay

    Lilly Jay

    Parent Advocate, FDP
  • Wendy Jennings

    Wendy Jennings

    Parent Advocate, FDP
  • Marcela Johnson

    Marcela Johnson

    Investigator
  • Debbie Jonas

    Debbie Jonas

    Attorney, FDP
  • Max Kampfner

    Max Kampfner

    Attorney, CDP
  • Jeremy Kaplan-Lyman

    Jeremy Kaplan-Lyman

    Attorney, CDP
  • Daniel Kay

    Daniel Kay

    Attorney, CDP
  • Elizabeth Keeney

    Elizabeth Keeney

    Managing Director of Social Work
  • Jim Keniff

    Jim Keniff

    Supervising Attorney, FDP
  • Stacey Kennard

    Stacey Kennard

    Attorney, CDP
  • Molly Kenney

    Molly Kenney

    Attorney, CDP
  • Emma Ketteringham

    Emma Ketteringham

    Managing Director, FDP
  • Sarah Knight

    Sarah Knight

    Social Worker, CDP
  • George Kottas

    George Kottas

    Team Leader and Attorney, FDP
  • Molly Kovel

    Molly Kovel

    Legal Director, CAP
  • Richard Lamia

    Richard Lamia

    Controller
  • Lorraine Landrau

    Lorraine Landrau

    Team Leader
  • Cristina Laramee

    Cristina Laramee

    Attorney, CDP
  • Carol Larancuent

    Carol Larancuent

    Arraignment Clerk
  • Desiree Lassiter

    Desiree Lassiter

    Attorney, CDP
  • Christopher Lau

    Christopher Lau

    Attorney, CDP
  • Annette Lee

    Annette Lee

    Practice Supervisor and Attorney, CDP
  • Courtney Lee

    Courtney Lee

    Immigration Law Graduate
  • Melissa Lee

    Melissa Lee

    Attorney, CDP
  • Jacob Lemon-Strauss

    Jacob Lemon-Strauss

    Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Marne Lenox

    Marne Lenox

    Attorney, CDP
  • Carlotta Lepingwell

    Carlotta Lepingwell

    Attorney, CDP
  • Karen Leve

    Karen Leve

    Attorney, FDP
  • Craig Levine

    Craig Levine

    Managing Director, Civil Practice & External Affairs
  • Asher Levinthal

    Asher Levinthal

    Attorney, FDP
  • Scott Levy

    Scott Levy

    Director, Fundamental Fairness Project
  • Deborah Lolai

    Deborah Lolai

    Client Advocate
  • Malika Lubell-Doughtie

    Malika Lubell-Doughtie

    Attorney, CDP
  • Sarah Lustbader

    Sarah Lustbader

    Attorney, CDP
  • Melissa Madan

    Melissa Madan

    Asst. Coordinator of HMHB
  • Luis Mancheno

    Luis Mancheno

    Attorney, Immigration
  • Robyn Mar

    Robyn Mar

    Deputy Managing Director of Criminal Defense Practice
  • Rachel Maremont

    Rachel Maremont

    Assistant to the Executive Director
  • Marlene Marte

    Marlene Marte

    Translator
  • Amreeta Mathai

    Amreeta Mathai

    Attorney, CAP
  • Ann Mathews

    Ann Mathews

    Team Leader and Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Suchi Mathur

    Suchi Mathur

    Attorney, Immigration
  • Karen Maxim

    Karen Maxim

    Attorney, CAP
  • Elise McCaffrey

    Elise McCaffrey

    Immigration Attorney, CAP
  • Jemarley McFarlane

    Jemarley McFarlane

    Investigator
  • Edward McGowan

    Edward McGowan

    Team Leader and Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Avery McNeil

    Avery McNeil

    Attorney, CDP
  • Marika Meis

    Marika Meis

    Legal Director, CDP
  • JuanCarlos Melendez-Torres

    JuanCarlos Melendez-Torres

    Investigator
  • MaryAnne Mendenhall

    MaryAnne Mendenhall

    Supervising Attorney, FDP
  • Lauren Migliaccio

    Lauren Migliaccio

    Attorney, Immigration
  • David Miranda

    David Miranda

    Attorney, CDP
  • Patricia Moon

    Patricia Moon

    Attorney, FDP
  • Jodi Morales-Vargas

    Jodi Morales-Vargas

    Attorney, CDP
  • Kinte Morgan

    Kinte Morgan

    Attorney, CDP
  • Kate Murdock

    Kate Murdock

    Team Leader and Attorney, CDP
  • Michelle Nam

    Michelle Nam

    Attorney, CDP
  • Samuel Natale

    Samuel Natale

    Law Graduate, CDP
  • Emma Noftz

    Emma Noftz

    Attorney, CDP
  • Samantha Nolasco

    Samantha Nolasco

    Investigator
  • Eli Northrup

    Eli Northrup

    Attorney, CDP
  • Aaron Novod

    Aaron Novod

    Attorney, CDP
  • Jenay Nurse

    Jenay Nurse

    Team Leader, CDP Supervising Attorney and Director of ADP
  • Renagh O’Leary

    Renagh O’Leary

    Attorney, CDP
  • Naomi Oberman-Breindel

    Naomi Oberman-Breindel

    Law Graduate, CDP
  • Joshua Occhiogrosso-Schwartz

    Joshua Occhiogrosso-Schwartz

    Attorney, CDP
  • Adeola Ogunkeyede

    Adeola Ogunkeyede

    Litigation Supervisor, CDP
  • Justine Olderman

    Justine Olderman

    Managing Director
  • Gina Onayiga

    Gina Onayiga

    Social Worker, FDP
  • Oded Oren

    Oded Oren

    Law Graduate, CDP
  • Karla Ostolaza

    Karla Ostolaza

    Law Graduate, Immigration
  • Liza Oviedo

    Liza Oviedo

    Team Administrator
  • Peggy Owusu

    Peggy Owusu

    Social Worker, CDP
  • Rebecca Oyama

    Rebecca Oyama

    Supervising Attorney, FDP
  • Defne Ozgediz

    Defne Ozgediz

    Attorney, CDP
  • John Padovano

    John Padovano

    IT Director
  • Abigail Parr

    Abigail Parr

    Attorney, CDP
  • Jackie Pearce

    Jackie Pearce

    Immigration Attorney, CAP
  • Ilana Perlman

    Ilana Perlman

    Attorney, FDP
  • Angelo Petrigh

    Angelo Petrigh

    Attorney, CDP
  • Emily Pickens

    Emily Pickens

    Parent Advocate
  • Asia Piña

    Asia Piña

    Social Worker, FDP
  • Annie Pineda

    Annie Pineda

    Director, Pro Bono
  • Clara Presler

    Clara Presler

    Attorney, FDP
  • Jessica Prince

    Jessica Prince

    Attorney, FDP
  • Emily Prokesch

    Emily Prokesch

    Attorney, CDP
  • Jane Pucher

    Jane Pucher

    Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Runa Rajagopal

    Runa Rajagopal

    Director, Civil Action Practice
  • Camilo Ramirez

    Camilo Ramirez

    Director of Communications
  • Molly Reis

    Molly Reis

    Attorney, CDP
  • Seann Riley

    Seann Riley

    Project Director, Center for Holistic Defense and Lecturer-in-law, Columbia Holistic Defense Externship
  • Barbara Rivera

    Barbara Rivera

    Receptionist
  • Alexandra Rockoff

    Alexandra Rockoff

    Legal Advocate, CAP
  • Agnes Rodriguez

    Agnes Rodriguez

    Arraignment Clerk
  • Orlando Rodriguez

    Orlando Rodriguez

    Attorney, CDP
  • Walter Rodriguez

    Walter Rodriguez

    Director of Community Organizing
  • Claire Rogers

    Claire Rogers

    Attorney, FDP
  • Zoë Root

    Zoë Root

    Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Terri Rosenblatt

    Terri Rosenblatt

    Attorney, CDP
  • Chun Rosenkranz

    Chun Rosenkranz

    Social Worker, CDP
  • Brianne Ryer

    Brianne Ryer

    Attorney, FDP
  • Jeremiah Rygus

    Jeremiah Rygus

    Attorney, CDP
  • Tanya Sadlowski

    Tanya Sadlowski

    Social Worker, CDP
  • Jennifer Salcedo

    Jennifer Salcedo

    Team Administrator
  • Kristina Saleh

    Kristina Saleh

    Attorney, CDP
  • Alicia Sanchez

    Alicia Sanchez

    Law Graduate, CDP
  • Jairo Santana

    Jairo Santana

    IT Analyst
  • Lourdes Santiago

    Lourdes Santiago

    Human Resources Manager
  • Erin Schechter

    Erin Schechter

    Team Leader and Supervising Attorney, FDP
  • Olivia Scheck

    Olivia Scheck

    Law Graduate, CDP
  • Molly Schindler

    Molly Schindler

    Attorney, CDP
  • Jenny Semmel

    Jenny Semmel

    Attorney, CDP
  • Mohamed Sheriff

    Mohamed Sheriff

    Senior Legal Advocate, CAP
  • Adam Shoop

    Adam Shoop

    Attorney, CAP
  • Brian Shupak

    Brian Shupak

    Attorney, CDP
  • Amalea Smirniotopoulos

    Amalea Smirniotopoulos

    Attorney, CDP
  • Karen Smolar

    Karen Smolar

    Team Leader and Trial Chief
  • Julie Smyth

    Julie Smyth

    CDP Social Worker, Adolescent Defense Project
  • Jheimy Soto

    Jheimy Soto

    Investigator
  • Fallon Speaker

    Fallon Speaker

    Attorney, FDP
  • Gregg Stankewicz

    Gregg Stankewicz

    Attorney, CDP
  • Johanna Steinberg

    Johanna Steinberg

    General Counsel
  • Robin Steinberg

    Robin Steinberg

    Founder and Executive Director
  • Adnan Sultan

    Adnan Sultan

    Attorney, CDP
  • Jessica Swensen

    Jessica Swensen

    Immigration Attorney, CAP
  • Leila Tabbaa

    Leila Tabbaa

    Attorney, FDP
  • Lauren Teichner

    Lauren Teichner

    Attorney, FDP
  • Sidney Thaxter

    Sidney Thaxter

    Attorney, CDP and Digital Forensic Unit
  • Ashley Torres

    Ashley Torres

    Arraignment Clerk
  • Claire Urban

    Claire Urban

    Attorney, Immigration
  • Jen Vail

    Jen Vail

    Attorney, Immigration
  • Angharad Vaughan

    Angharad Vaughan

    Attorney, CDP
  • Nicole Velazquez

    Nicole Velazquez

    Law Graduate, FDP
  • Porsha Venable

    Porsha Venable

    Team Leader and Attorney, CDP
  • Anne Venhuizen

    Anne Venhuizen

    Supervising Attorney, FDP
  • Marterra Walker

    Marterra Walker

    Team Administrator Supervisor
  • Kara Wallis

    Kara Wallis

    Law Graduate, FDP
  • Brian Walsh

    Brian Walsh

    Law Graduate, CAP and Impact Litigation
  • Hannah Weinstein

    Hannah Weinstein

    Attorney, FDP
  • Rivka Weiss

    Rivka Weiss

    Social Worker, FDP
  • Nathaniel Wenstrup

    Nathaniel Wenstrup

    Attorney, CDP
  • Katie Wozencroft

    Katie Wozencroft

    Litigation Supervisor
  • Pezhmon Zaiim

    Pezhmon Zaiim

    Attorney, CDP
  • Daniel Zeidman

    Daniel Zeidman

    Law Graduate, CDP
  • Saul Zipkin

    Saul Zipkin

    Appellate Attorney, FDP
  • Nolberto Zubia

    Nolberto Zubia

    Legal Advocate, CAP