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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
  • Roshell Amezcua

    Roshell Amezcua

    Attorney, FDP
  • Angeline Andersen

    Angeline Andersen

    Attorney, CDP
  • Kristen Anderson

    Kristen Anderson

    Social Worker, Immigration
  • Luis Angel Valle

    Luis Angel Valle

    Investigator
  • Elena Arons

    Elena Arons

    Investigator
  • Hailey Arroyo

    Hailey Arroyo

    Investigator
  • Brian Arthur

    Brian Arthur

    Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Paige Austin

    Paige Austin

    Attorney, Immigration
  • Danisbel Avello

    Danisbel Avello

    Law Graduate
  • Perla Baez

    Perla Baez

    Legal Advocate, Immigration
  • MaryAnn Barile

    MaryAnn Barile

    Attorney, FDP
  • Caroline Bartholomew

    Caroline Bartholomew

    Investigator
  • Keith Baumann

    Keith Baumann

    Supervising Attorney, FDP
  • Patricia Becerril

    Patricia Becerril

    Legal Advocate, CAP
  • Caitlin Becker

    Caitlin Becker

    Supervising Social Worker, FDP
  • Muriel Bell

    Muriel Bell

    Social Worker, FDP
  • Olga Beltre-Heward

    Olga Beltre-Heward

    Investigator
  • Kayla Bennett

    Kayla Bennett

    Social Worker, CDP
  • Nayantara Bhushan

    Nayantara Bhushan

    Attorney, CDP
  • Kristen Black

    Kristen Black

    Social Worker, CDP
  • Michael Bloch

    Michael Bloch

    Supervising 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
  • Kohler Bruno

    Kohler Bruno

    Investigator
  • Christopher Buerger

    Christopher Buerger

    Attorney, FDP
  • Ashley Burrell

    Ashley Burrell

    Attorney, CDP
  • Aimee Carlisle

    Aimee Carlisle

    Attorney, CDP
  • Annie Carney

    Annie Carney

    Attorney, CDP
  • Gloria Chacon

    Gloria Chacon

    Immigration Attorney, CAP
  • Rebecca Chapman

    Rebecca Chapman

    Attorney, CDP
  • Breanne Chappell

    Breanne Chappell

    Attorney, 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
  • Rosa Cohen-Cruz

    Rosa Cohen-Cruz

    Immigration Attorney, CAP
  • Ilona Coleman

    Ilona Coleman

    Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Peter Coleman

    Peter Coleman

    Attorney, CDP
  • Otilda Colon

    Otilda Colon

    Immigration Attorney, CAP
  • Alexandra Conlon

    Alexandra Conlon

    Attorney, CDP
  • Scott Constantine

    Scott Constantine

    Managing Director, FDP
  • Ana Cordero

    Ana Cordero

    Maintenance Worker
  • Nina Cordero

    Nina Cordero

    Arraignment Clerk
  • Karen Cornelio

    Karen Cornelio

    Legal Advocate, CAP
  • Noemi Cotto

    Noemi Cotto

    Supervising Social Worker, FDP
  • Sarah Cremer

    Sarah Cremer

    Program Coordinator, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, FDP
  • Juan Cristobal Quevedo

    Juan Cristobal Quevedo

    Immigration Attorney, CAP
  • Kenneth Crouch

    Kenneth Crouch

    Legal Advocate, CAP
  • Yolanda Cruz

    Yolanda Cruz

    Controller
  • Shannon Cumberbatch

    Shannon Cumberbatch

    Recruiting and Hiring Manager and Lecturer In Law, Columbia Holistic Defense Externship.
  • Frances Davila

    Frances Davila

    Law Graduate, CAP
  • Kiana Davis

    Kiana Davis

    Benefits Advisor, CAP
  • Anne Dean

    Anne Dean

    Forensic Practice Group Ballistics Specialist, Attorney, CDP
  • Sarah Deri Oshiro

    Sarah Deri Oshiro

    Team Leader and Supervising Attorney, Immigration
  • Chastity Diaz

    Chastity Diaz

    Receptionist
  • Matt Diaz

    Matt Diaz

    Intake Coordinator
  • Colby Dillon

    Colby Dillon

    Attorney, CDP
  • Courtney Dixon

    Courtney Dixon

    Attorney, CDP
  • Tess Domb Sadof

    Tess Domb Sadof

    Investigator
  • Graham Dumas

    Graham Dumas

    Supervising Attorney, CAP
  • Jennifer Dunbar

    Jennifer Dunbar

    Social Worker, CDP
  • Lenora Easter

    Lenora Easter

    Attorney, CDP
  • Jocelyn Edelstein

    Jocelyn Edelstein

    Parent Advocate, FDP
  • Elizabeth Eisenberg

    Elizabeth Eisenberg

    Attorney, Immigration
  • Ziara Escalera

    Ziara Escalera

    Office Manager
  • Bardia Eshghi

    Bardia Eshghi

    Attorney, CDP
  • Linda Evarts

    Linda Evarts

    Attorney, CDP
  • Morgan Everhart

    Morgan Everhart

    Attorney, CDP
  • Kevin Farley

    Kevin Farley

    Attorney, CAP
  • Tiffany Femiano

    Tiffany Femiano

    Attorney, CAP
  • Lindsay Ferguson

    Lindsay Ferguson

    Team Leader and Social Worker, CDP
  • Ruben Fernandez

    Ruben Fernandez

    Attorney, CDP
  • Laura Ferro

    Laura Ferro

    Attorney, FDP
  • Annelise Finney

    Annelise Finney

    Investigator
  • Mara Fleder

    Mara Fleder

    Attorney, FDP
  • Mairin Fogarty

    Mairin Fogarty

    Attorney, CDP
  • Karelle Fonteneau

    Karelle Fonteneau

    Legal Advocate, Immigration
  • Alice Fontier

    Alice Fontier

    Managing Director, CDP
  • Jennifer Friedman

    Jennifer Friedman

    Director of Immigration Practice
  • Emily Galvin

    Emily Galvin

    Attorney, CDP
  • Carolina Garcia

    Carolina Garcia

    Attorney, CDP
  • Christopher Garcia

    Christopher Garcia

    Co-Director of the Robert P. Patterson Jr. Mentoring Program
  • Eddie Garcia

    Eddie Garcia

    Legal Assistant
  • Quandisha German

    Quandisha German

    Co-Director of the Robert P. Patterson Jr. Mentoring Program
  • Dawit Getachew

    Dawit Getachew

    Attorney, CDP
  • Janet Gibson

    Janet Gibson

    Arraignment Clerk
  • Conor Gleason

    Conor Gleason

    Supervising Attorney, Immigration
  • Robyn Goldberg

    Robyn Goldberg

    Attorney, CDP
  • Ben Goldstein

    Ben Goldstein

    Attorney, CDP
  • Chazley Gonzalez

    Chazley Gonzalez

    Parent Advocate, FDP
  • Fausta Gonzalez

    Fausta Gonzalez

    Team Administrator
  • Jill Greco

    Jill Greco

    Attorney, CDP
  • Jeremy Gross

    Jeremy Gross

    Investigator
  • Anisha Gupta

    Anisha Gupta

    Attorney, CDP
  • Ashley Guzman

    Ashley Guzman

    Legal Advocate, CAP
  • Lily Halpern

    Lily Halpern

    Investigator
  • Brigitte Hamadey

    Brigitte Hamadey

    Immigration Attorney, CAP
  • Daniel Hamburg

    Daniel Hamburg

    Attorney, CDP
  • Ruth Hamilton

    Ruth Hamilton

    Attorney, CDP
  • Steven Hasty

    Steven Hasty

    Attorney, CAP
  • Whitney Hayes

    Whitney Hayes

    Attorney, CDP
  • Morgan Hill

    Morgan Hill

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

    Mariam Hinds

    Attorney, CDP
  • Jessica Horan-Block

    Jessica Horan-Block

    Supervising Attorney, FDP
  • Camilla Hsu

    Camilla Hsu

    Attorney, CDP
  • Robert Hupf

    Robert Hupf

    Attorney, CAP
  • Jonathan Hurley

    Jonathan Hurley

    Immigration Attorney, CAP
  • Pamela Itzkowitch

    Pamela Itzkowitch

    Attorney, CDP
  • Alexandria Jackman

    Alexandria Jackman

    Legal Advocate, CAP
  • Kaitlin Jackson

    Kaitlin Jackson

    Attorney, CDP
  • Mia Jackson-Rosenthal

    Mia Jackson-Rosenthal

    Attorney, CDP
  • Karume James

    Karume James

    Attorney, CDP
  • Patrice James

    Patrice James

    Attorney, CDP
  • Marcela Johnson

    Marcela Johnson

    Investigator
  • Kate Johnson-Powers

    Kate Johnson-Powers

    Social Worker, CDP
  • 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
  • Saif Kazim

    Saif Kazim

    Attorney, CDP
  • Elizabeth Keeney

    Elizabeth Keeney

    Managing Director of Social Work
  • Richard Keffler

    Richard Keffler

    Immigration Attorney, CAP
  • Sarah Kejick

    Sarah Kejick

    Team Administrator
  • Jim Keniff

    Jim Keniff

    Legal and Training Director, FDP
  • Stacey Kennard

    Stacey Kennard

    Education Attorney, CDP
  • Molly Kenney

    Molly Kenney

    Attorney, CDP
  • Emma Ketteringham

    Emma Ketteringham

    Managing Director, FDP
  • Sarah Knight

    Sarah Knight

    Social Worker, Immigration
  • George Kottas

    George Kottas

    Team Leader and Supervising Attorney, FDP
  • Richard Lamia

    Richard Lamia

    Chief Fiscal Officer
  • Lorraine Landrau

    Lorraine Landrau

    Team Leader
  • Cristina Laramee

    Cristina Laramee

    Attorney, CDP
  • Carol Larancuent

    Carol Larancuent

    Legal Advocate, Immigration
  • Christopher Lau

    Christopher Lau

    Attorney, CDP
  • Annette Lee

    Annette Lee

    Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Courtney Lee

    Courtney Lee

    Law Graduate, Immigration
  • Melissa Lee

    Melissa Lee

    Attorney, CDP
  • Jacob Lemon-Strauss

    Jacob Lemon-Strauss

    Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Isidermi Leonardo

    Isidermi Leonardo

    Arraignment Clerk
  • Carlotta Lepingwell

    Carlotta Lepingwell

    Supervising 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
  • Sharitza Lopez-Rodriguez

    Sharitza Lopez-Rodriguez

    Law Graduate, CAP
  • Malika Lubell-Doughtie

    Malika Lubell-Doughtie

    Attorney, CDP
  • Melissa Madan

    Melissa Madan

    Asst. Coordinator of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, FDP
  • Robyn Mar

    Robyn Mar

    Deputy Managing Director, CDP
  • Rachel Maremont

    Rachel Maremont

    Assistant to the Executive Director
  • Marlene Marte

    Marlene Marte

    Translator
  • Amreeta Mathai

    Amreeta Mathai

    Team Leader, Lecturer in Law, and Attorney, Civil Action Practice
  • Ann Mathews

    Ann Mathews

    Team Leader and Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Suchi Mathur

    Suchi Mathur

    Attorney, Immigration
  • Claire Mauksch

    Claire Mauksch

    Attorney, CDP
  • Karen Maxim

    Karen Maxim

    Supervising Attorney, CAP
  • Kate McCreary

    Kate McCreary

    Hiring and Human Resources Associate
  • Edward McGowan

    Edward McGowan

    Team Leader and Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Avery McNeil

    Avery McNeil

    Attorney, CDP
  • Marika Meis

    Marika Meis

    Legal Director, CDP
  • MaryAnne Mendenhall

    MaryAnne Mendenhall

    Supervising Attorney, FDP
  • Lauren Migliaccio

    Lauren Migliaccio

    Attorney, Immigration
  • Nathanael Miller

    Nathanael Miller

    Attorney, CDP
  • Jodi Morales-Vargas

    Jodi Morales-Vargas

    Attorney, CDP
  • Kinte Morgan

    Kinte Morgan

    Attorney, CDP
  • Andrew Multer

    Andrew Multer

    Attorney, CDP
  • Kate Murdock

    Kate Murdock

    Team Leader and Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Michelle Nam

    Michelle Nam

    Attorney, CDP
  • Samuel Natale

    Samuel Natale

    Attorney, CDP
  • Alexandria Nedd

    Alexandria Nedd

    Attorney, FDP
  • Emma Noftz

    Emma Noftz

    Attorney, CDP
  • Samantha Nolasco

    Samantha Nolasco

    Investigator
  • Eli Northrup

    Eli Northrup

    Attorney, CDP
  • Renagh O’Leary

    Renagh O’Leary

    Attorney, CDP
  • Molly O’Neill

    Molly O’Neill

    Grants Manager
  • Naomi Oberman-Breindel

    Naomi Oberman-Breindel

    Attorney, CDP
  • Joshua Occhiogrosso-Schwartz

    Joshua Occhiogrosso-Schwartz

    Attorney, CDP
  • Adeola Ogunkeyede

    Adeola Ogunkeyede

    Director of Staff Development
  • Justine Olderman

    Justine Olderman

    Managing Director
  • Gina Onayiga

    Gina Onayiga

    Social Worker, FDP
  • Oded Oren

    Oded Oren

    Attorney, CDP
  • Karla Ostolaza

    Karla Ostolaza

    Law Graduate, Immigration
  • Peggy Owusu

    Peggy Owusu

    Social Worker, CDP
  • Rebecca Oyama

    Rebecca Oyama

    Supervising Attorney, FDP
  • Defne Ozgediz

    Defne Ozgediz

    Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Jean Padilla

    Jean Padilla

    Parent Advocate, FDP
  • John Padovano

    John Padovano

    IT Director
  • Thanisha Pariage

    Thanisha Pariage

    Attorney, CDP
  • Abigail Parr

    Abigail Parr

    Attorney, CDP
  • Ilana Perlman

    Ilana Perlman

    Attorney, FDP
  • Thomas Peterson

    Thomas Peterson

    Attorney, CDP
  • Angelo Petrigh

    Angelo Petrigh

    Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Emily Pickens

    Emily Pickens

    Parent Advocate, FDP
  • Asia Piña

    Asia Piña

    Social Worker, FDP
  • Annie Pineda

    Annie Pineda

    Director, Pro Bono
  • Ivana Portes

    Ivana Portes

    Social Worker, CDP
  • Clara Presler

    Clara Presler

    Attorney, FDP
  • Jessica Prince

    Jessica Prince

    Attorney, FDP
  • Runa Rajagopal

    Runa Rajagopal

    Director, Civil Action Practice
  • Camilo Ramirez

    Camilo Ramirez

    Director of Communications
  • Marc Ramirez

    Marc Ramirez

    Attorney, CDP
  • Brian Raque

    Brian Raque

    Attorney, CDP
  • 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
  • Agnes Rodriguez

    Agnes Rodriguez

    Client Coordinator
  • Orlando Rodriguez

    Orlando Rodriguez

    Attorney, CDP
  • Walter Rodriguez

    Walter Rodriguez

    Director of Community Organizing
  • Claire Rogers

    Claire Rogers

    Attorney, FDP
  • Jenn Rolnick Borchetta

    Jenn Rolnick Borchetta

    Deputy Director of Impact Litigation
  • Terri Rosenblatt

    Terri Rosenblatt

    Attorney, CDP
  • Chun Rosenkranz

    Chun Rosenkranz

    Social Worker, CDP
  • Hannah Rosenthal

    Hannah Rosenthal

    Attorney, CDP
  • Linsey Ruhl

    Linsey Ruhl

    Attorney, 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
  • Avinash Samarth

    Avinash Samarth

    Attorney, CDP
  • Alicia Sanchez

    Alicia Sanchez

    Attorney, CDP
  • Jairo Santana

    Jairo Santana

    IT Analyst & Web Master
  • Lourdes Santiago

    Lourdes Santiago

    Human Resources Manager
  • Miriam Schachter

    Miriam Schachter

    Attorney, FDP
  • Erin Schechter

    Erin Schechter

    Team Leader and Supervising Attorney, FDP
  • Olivia Scheck

    Olivia Scheck

    Attorney, CDP
  • Rachel Seidman

    Rachel Seidman

    Community Intake Advocate, AVODAH Fellow
  • Howard Sellers

    Howard Sellers

    Arraignment Clerk
  • Jenny Semmel

    Jenny Semmel

    Supervising Mental Health Attorney, CDP
  • David Shalleck-Klein

    David Shalleck-Klein

    Attorney, FDP
  • La Shawna Easter

    La Shawna Easter

    Team Administrator
  • Mohamed Sheriff

    Mohamed Sheriff

    Supervising Legal Advocate, CAP
  • Adam Shoop

    Adam Shoop

    Attorney, CAP
  • Brian Shupak

    Brian Shupak

    Attorney, CDP
  • Amalea Smirniotopoulos

    Amalea Smirniotopoulos

    Supervising Attorney, CDP
  • Karen Smolar

    Karen Smolar

    Trial Chief
  • Julie Smyth

    Julie Smyth

    Supervising Social Worker, CDP
  • Julia Solomons

    Julia Solomons

    Social Worker, CDP
  • Fallon Speaker

    Fallon Speaker

    Attorney, FDP
  • Gregg Stankewicz

    Gregg Stankewicz

    Attorney, CDP
  • Johanna Steinberg

    Johanna Steinberg

    General Counsel, Director of Impact Litigation
  • Robin Steinberg

    Robin Steinberg

    Founder and Executive Director
  • Adnan Sultan

    Adnan Sultan

    Attorney, CDP
  • Nicole Summers

    Nicole Summers

    Attorney, CAP
  • Jessica Swensen

    Jessica Swensen

    Supervising Attorney, Immigration
  • Leila Tabbaa

    Leila Tabbaa

    Attorney, FDP
  • Lauren Teichner

    Lauren Teichner

    Attorney, FDP
  • Sidney Thaxter

    Sidney Thaxter

    Attorney, CDP
  • Elizabeth Tuttle

    Elizabeth Tuttle

    Attorney, FDP
  • 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

    Team Leader and Supervising Attorney, FDP
  • Marterra Walker

    Marterra Walker

    Supervising Team Administrator
  • Kara Wallis

    Kara Wallis

    Attorney, FDP
  • Hannah Weinstein

    Hannah Weinstein

    Attorney, FDP
  • Rivka Weiss

    Rivka Weiss

    Social Worker, FDP
  • Nathaniel Wenstrup

    Nathaniel Wenstrup

    Attorney, CDP
  • Michael White

    Michael White

    Attorney, FDP
  • Elizabeth Williams

    Elizabeth Williams

    Social Worker, CDP
  • Alyssa Work

    Alyssa Work

    Attorney, CDP
  • Katie Wozencroft

    Katie Wozencroft

    Training Director, CDP
  • Michele Yankson

    Michele Yankson

    Attorney, CAP
  • Caitlin York

    Caitlin York

    Attorney, CDP
  • Keli Young

    Keli Young

    Attorney Generalist
  • Pezhmon Zaiim

    Pezhmon Zaiim

    Attorney, CDP
  • Daniel Zeidman

    Daniel Zeidman

    Attorney, CDP
  • Saul Zipkin

    Saul Zipkin

    Appellate Attorney, FDP