Leadership

PAULA FITZGERALD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

PAULA FITZGERALD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MEGAN TURNGREN, LEGAL DIRECTOR

MEGAN TURNGREN, LEGAL DIRECTOR

ANA CRISTINA PLAZA, SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR

ANA CRISTINA PLAZA, SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR

ROSE SPERO, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

ROSE SPERO, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

DAVID STEIB, LANGUAGE ACCESS DIRECTOR

DAVID STEIB, LANGUAGE ACCESS DIRECTOR

LAURA TRASK, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS

LAURA TRASK, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS

JESSICA TREASE, GRANTS DIRECTOR

JESSICA TREASE, GRANTS DIRECTOR

IRFANA ANWER, MANAGING ATTORNEY, PRO BONO

IRFANA ANWER, MANAGING ATTORNEY, PRO BONO

DEEPA BIJPURIA, MANAGING ATTORNEY, MARYLAND IMMIGRATION

DEEPA BIJPURIA, MANAGING ATTORNEY, MARYLAND IMMIGRATION

CHERYL CHADO, MANAGING ATTORNEY, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/FAMILY LAW

CHERYL CHADO, MANAGING ATTORNEY, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/FAMILY LAW

JOSH DOHERTY, MANAGING ATTORNEY, DC IMMIGRATION

JOSH DOHERTY, MANAGING ATTORNEY, DC IMMIGRATION

KELLY HII, SUPERVISING ATTORNEY, MARYLAND IMMIGRATION

KELLY HII, SUPERVISING ATTORNEY, MARYLAND IMMIGRATION

MARILYN LOVO, LANGUAGE ACCESS MANAGER

MARILYN LOVO, LANGUAGE ACCESS MANAGER

SHANTI MARTIN BROWN, SUPERVISING ATTORNEY, DC IMMIGRATION

SHANTI MARTIN BROWN, SUPERVISING ATTORNEY, DC IMMIGRATION

VICTORIA MAQUEDA, MANAGING ATTORNEY, VA IMMIGRATION

VICTORIA MAQUEDA, MANAGING ATTORNEY, VA IMMIGRATION

COLLEEN NORMILE, SUPERVISING ATTORNEY, PROJECT END

COLLEEN NORMILE, SUPERVISING ATTORNEY, PROJECT END

CORIE O’ROURKE, SUPERVISING ATTORNEY, VIRGINIA

CORIE O’ROURKE, SUPERVISING ATTORNEY, VIRGINIA

ARLEEN RAMIREZ BORYSIEWICZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NVMS CONFLICT RESOLUTION CENTER

ARLEEN RAMIREZ BORYSIEWICZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NVMS CONFLICT RESOLUTION CENTER

STACY BRUSTIN, PROFESSOR OF LAW AND DIRECTOR OF THE IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE ADVOCACY CLINIC, THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA

STACY BRUSTIN, PROFESSOR OF LAW AND DIRECTOR OF THE IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE ADVOCACY CLINIC, THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA

AGNES BUANYA, MANAGER OF POPULATION HEALTH CONSULTING, CAREFIRST TEAM

AGNES BUANYA, MANAGER OF POPULATION HEALTH CONSULTING, CAREFIRST TEAM

PAUL F. CARON, DIRECTOR, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS, MICROSOFT

PAUL F. CARON, DIRECTOR, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS, MICROSOFT

ANDREW DANA, FOUNDER AND CO-OWNER OF TIMBER PIZZA CO. AND CALL YOUR MOTHER

ANDREW DANA, FOUNDER AND CO-OWNER OF TIMBER PIZZA CO. AND CALL YOUR MOTHER

ANDRES ECHEVERRI, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, ACSI TRANSLATIONS

ANDRES ECHEVERRI, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, ACSI TRANSLATIONS

PATTY FIRST, PRINCIPAL, THE RABEN GROUP LLC

PATTY FIRST, PRINCIPAL, THE RABEN GROUP LLC

JENNIE GUILFOYLE, EDUCATION AND TRAINING ATTORNEY, AMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL

JENNIE GUILFOYLE, EDUCATION AND TRAINING ATTORNEY, AMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL

PETER KOVAR, COUNCILMEMBER, CITY OF TAKOMA PARK, MARYLAND

PETER KOVAR, COUNCILMEMBER, CITY OF TAKOMA PARK, MARYLAND

THE HONORABLE PAUL WICKHAM SCHMIDT, FEDERAL IMMIGRATION COURT JUDGE (RETIRED)

THE HONORABLE PAUL WICKHAM SCHMIDT, FEDERAL IMMIGRATION COURT JUDGE (RETIRED)

ANDREW SELEE, PRESIDENT, MIGRATION POLICY INSTITUTE

ANDREW SELEE, PRESIDENT, MIGRATION POLICY INSTITUTE

THE HONORABLE J. WALTER TEJADA, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, VIRGINIA LATINO LEADERS COUNCIL

THE HONORABLE J. WALTER TEJADA, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, VIRGINIA LATINO LEADERS COUNCIL

MICHAEL TUBMAN, DIRECTOR OF FEDERAL AFFAIRS, LUCID MOTORS

MICHAEL TUBMAN, DIRECTOR OF FEDERAL AFFAIRS, LUCID MOTORS

PAUL LEE, PRO BONO COUNSEL, STEPTOE & JOHNSON LLP, CHAIR

PAUL LEE, PRO BONO COUNSEL, STEPTOE & JOHNSON LLP, CHAIR

VERONICA NANNIS, PARTNER, JOSEPH, GREENWALD & LAAKE, LLP, VICE CHAIR

VERONICA NANNIS, PARTNER, JOSEPH, GREENWALD & LAAKE, LLP, VICE CHAIR

JILL FLACK, ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL, EXELON, SECRETARY

JILL FLACK, ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL, EXELON, SECRETARY

KEVIN METZ, PARTNER, LATHAM & WATKINS LLP, TREASURER

KEVIN METZ, PARTNER, LATHAM & WATKINS LLP, TREASURER

TARA CASTILLO, PARTNER, ALSTON & BIRD LLP

TARA CASTILLO, PARTNER, ALSTON & BIRD LLP

LORI FAETH, DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, LAND TRUST ALLIANCE

LORI FAETH, DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, LAND TRUST ALLIANCE

ALEJANDRO GUADARRAMA, SKADDEN, COUNSEL

ALEJANDRO GUADARRAMA, SKADDEN, COUNSEL

MIGUEL A. MARTÍNEZ, JR., DIRECTOR, GOVERNMENT, REGULATORY AFFAIRS, and PUBLIC POLICY, PwC

MIGUEL A. MARTÍNEZ, JR., DIRECTOR, GOVERNMENT, REGULATORY AFFAIRS, and PUBLIC POLICY, PwC

SADINA MONTANI, PARTNER, CROWELL & MORING LLP

SADINA MONTANI, PARTNER, CROWELL & MORING LLP

VICTORIA ORTEGA, BLANK ROME LLP, ASSOCIATE

VICTORIA ORTEGA, BLANK ROME LLP, ASSOCIATE

JAYESH RATHOD, PROFESSOR OF LAW, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW

JAYESH RATHOD, PROFESSOR OF LAW, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW

MICHAEL SKLAIRE, MANAGING PARTNER, GREENBERG TRAURIG LLP

MICHAEL SKLAIRE, MANAGING PARTNER, GREENBERG TRAURIG LLP

MARIE TALWAR, SENIOR MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMPLIANCE, GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY

MARIE TALWAR, SENIOR MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMPLIANCE, GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY

JOSE ANTONIO TIJERINO, PRESIDENT AND CEO, HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION

JOSE ANTONIO TIJERINO, PRESIDENT AND CEO, HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION

SAMIR D. VARMA, PARTNER, THOMPSON HINE

SAMIR D. VARMA, PARTNER, THOMPSON HINE

MICHAEL WOODS, ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL, VERIZON

MICHAEL WOODS, ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL, VERIZON

Ayuda's Response to Busing of Migrants

Since April 2022, Ayuda has been working to help coordinate the humanitarian response as the governors of Texas and Arizona continue to send thousands of migrants on buses to Washington, D.C.

We are providing culturally and linguistically specific legal, social and language access services to newly arriving migrants. These services include case management and intake support, interpretation, as well as the provision of food, clothing, hygiene kits, prepaid cell phones, medical supplies, and paid shelter.

Our legal team is providing individualized legal orientations for migrants explaining the immigration system and helping them be aware of their rights and responsibilities.  

“Immigrants are first and foremost, human beings. They deserve respect and compassion, and Ayuda will continue to do what we do best – provide holistic support to those in need in our communities.” - Paula Fitzgerald, Executive Director

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