Staff

LEGAL PROGRAMS

 

IMMIGRATION & PRO BONO

 

Maura Amaya, Paralegal, VA

Irfana Anwer, Pro Bono Managing Attorney, DC

Blanca Arriola Palma, Immigration Paralegal, MD

Cecilia Baxter, Immigration Staff Attorney, VA

Deepa Bijpuria, Immigration Managing Attorney, MD

Gabriela Brito, Immigration Staff Attorney, MD

Shanti Martin Brown, Immigration Supervising Attorney, DC

Rebecca Brunty, Immigration Staff Attorney, DC

Aubrey Calderon, Paralegal, VA

Brianna Callahan, Paralegal, VA

Sofia Castellano, Paralegal, VA

Mary Caulfield, Senior Immigration Paralegal, VA

Giancarla Cazzol Sandoval, Immigration Paralegal, MD

Catherine Chen, Project END and Pro Bono Staff Attorney, DC

Josh Doherty, Managing Attorney, DC Immigration, DC

Ryan Durazo, Immigration Staff Attorney, VA

Katie Flannery, Immigration Supervising Attorney, VA

Dana Florkowski, Immigration Staff Attorney, DC

Rebeca Garcia Gil, Immigration Staff Attorney, DC

Isabel Gómez, Immigration Staff Attorney, VA

Solangel Gonzalez, Immigration Supervising Attorney, DC

Kelly Hii, Immigration Supervising Attorney, MD

Greta Jarboe, Paralegal, DC

Tamara Marquez, Staff Attorney, MD

Victoria Maqueda, Immigration Managing Attorney, VA 

Annika Meurs, Paralegal, DC

Corie O’Rourke, Managing Attorney, Children’s Legal Services VA

Beatriz Ortiz-Lopez, Immigration Staff Attorney, DC 

Dominique Perez-Sangimino, Immigration Staff Attorney, VA

Julia Rigal, Equal Justice Fellow/Law Clerk, MD

Michelle Romero, Legal Program Associate, VA

Isabella Sansanelli, Immigration Paralegal, VA

Larisa Traub, Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, DC

Megan Turngren, Director of Legal Programs, DC

Silvana Carina Villagra, Senior Immigration Staff Attorney, VA

Lauren Wert, Immigration Supervising Attorney, VA

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & FAMILY LAW

Juliana Carvajal Yepes, Domestic Violence/Family Law Clerk, DC

Guisela Castillo, Domestic Violence/Family Law Paralegal, DC

Cheryl Chado, Domestic Violence/Family Law Managing Attorney, DC

Ani Escobar Martinez, Domestic Violence/Family Law Paralegal, DC

Stephanie Hand, Domestic Violence/Family Law Staff Attorney, MD

Kevin Rubio, Domestic Violence/Family Law Staff Attorney, DC

Kathryn Serran, Domestic Violence/Family Law Paralegal, MD

PROJECT END

Colleen Normile, Managing Attorney, Project END

 

OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION

 

Ivan Azcarate, Operations and Data Manager

Ada Contreras, Staff Accountant

Paula Fitzgerald, Executive Director

Margarita Martinez, Human Resources Manager

Iovanna Membreno, Intake Specialist/Office Manager

Rossana Molina, Senior Staff Accountant

Berta Najera, Operations and HR Associate

Susan Newell, Intake Specialist/Office Manager

Mirna Helen Sanchez, Intake Specialist/Office Manager

Rose Spero, Operations Director

Elsy Vasquez, Finance Director

Connor Paul, Volunteer and Intern Coordinator

 

SOCIAL SERVICES

Jennifer Argueta, Case Manager, VA

Diana Fitz, Senior Case Manager, DC

Diana Fula, Case Manager, DC

Karina Garcia, Therapist (Bilingual), VA

Monica Maldonado, Senior Case Manager, DC

Roberto Martinez, Supervising Therapist (Bilingual), VA

Nuri Martinez-Molina, Case Manager (Bilingual), MD

Fatima Monastiriotis, Supervising Case Manager, VA

Ana Plaza, Social Services Director, DC

Kirstie Sippola, Supervising Case Manager, DC

Ana Teo-Salvador, Case Manager, VA

Brianna Tomci, Case Manager, MD

Maria A. Vethencourt, Supervising Case Manager, MD

 

LANGUAGE ACCESS PROGRAM

Nancy Brill, Language Access Coordinator

Kendra Carson, Client Support Specialist

Arlene Galvan, Language Access Coordinator

Rebekah Grafton, Language Access Coordinator

Sean Heyneman, Language Access Manager

Paige Jordan, Language Access Manager

Marilyn Lovo, Senior Language Access Manager

Jacob Miller, Language Access Coordinator

Jairo Nuñez, Language Access Coordinator

David Steib, Language Access Director

General Inquiries – [email protected]

 

DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS

Alicja Johnson, Communications Specialist

Reena Singh, Development Manager

Laura Trask, Director of Development & Communications

 

GRANTS

Sandra Benavente Mancilla, Grants Writer

Rebecca Dennis Gomez, Grants Writer

Kiara Tarafa, Grants Writer

Jessica Trease, Director of Grants and Strategic Initiatives

April Lovell, Grant Budget Specialist

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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