Kelly White, Esq.
Program Director, Detained Adult Program
Kelly joined CAIR Coalition in 2014. She manages the Detained Adult Program, which provides legal services to adult immigrants detained in local jails across Maryland and Virginia, direct representation, pro bono mentorship and training, and community outreach.
Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Kelly worked on refugee resettlement and determination briefs in Kigoma Region, Tanzania, as a subcontractor for UNHCR. She then served as the immigration legal services coordinator at CWS-Greensboro, piloting the office’s first legal clinic. Kelly graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Law.
Alice N. Barrett, Esq.
Alice joined CAIR Coalition in 2018 and serves as a staff attorney for adults held in immigration detention in both Virginia and Maryland.
Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Alice worked as an associate at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, where she represented asylum seekers as part of her pro bono practice. She was previously sponsored by the American Society of International Law as a Helton Fellow in Kigali, Rwanda. Alice has also served as a student attorney in Georgetown’s Center for Applied Legal Studies Asylum Clinic and as a legal intern for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights, and the Legal Aid Justice Center in Virginia. Prior to law school, she interned for the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees and was a Fulbright Fellow in Guatemala.
Alice obtained her J.D. from Georgetown Law, where she was also a Global Law Scholar, Public Interest Fellow, and recipient of the Certificate in Refugees & Humanitarian Emergencies. She holds a B.A. from Georgia State University in Psychology. She is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia, with her work in Virginia and Maryland limited to representation before federal agencies.
Ana Dionne-Lanier, ESQ.
Senior Attorney; Coordinating Legal Liaison
Ana is a graduate of American University Washington College of Law. Ana focused on public international and human rights. Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Ana served as a Senior Research Associate with the Public International Law and Policy Group, working on human rights issues for international clients. Before that she interned with the World Organization Against Torture in Geneva, Switzerland and advocated for torture victims rights before UN bodies. She also interned with the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Along with a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, Ana also earned an M.A. in International Affairs from the School of International Service through the dual-degree program.
Anel Lucas Baca
Community IJC Fellow
As an immigrant, Susan is inspired by past and present immigrant rights organizers who empower communities to unite against oppressive forces. Susan was an Immigration Law Fellow for Immigrants Rising, where she helped provide legal screenings for the undocumented community. She was also a fellow for the DreamSF fellowship, where she was placed at Jubilee Immigration Advocates and supported the legal services team with document filing, translation and interpretation, and meeting with clients. As a Fellow for IJC, Susan is joining CAIR Coalition where she will assist the legal team in providing universal representation for detained adults in Prince George’s County, MD.
Ashley Warmeling, Esq.
Ashley joined CAIR in 2018 and serves as a staff attorney for adults held in immigration detention in Virginia and Maryland.
Prior to joining CAIR, Ashley was a staff attorney at Human Rights First, where she represented indigent asylum seekers in the DC-metro area. She previously completed a clerkship at the District of Columbia Superior Court. During law school, Ashley was a student attorney in the International Human Rights Law Clinic, where she represented asylum-seekers in removal proceedings. She also interned at the Fairfax County (VA) Public Defender's Office, DC Lawyers for Youth, American Civil Liberties Union, and the Legal Services Corporation. Prior to law school, she served as a Management and Program Analyst with the U.S. Department of Justice for four years.
Ashley completed a dual-degree program at American University, where she earned a M.A. in International Affairs from the School of International Service and a J.D. from the Washington College of Law.
Community IJC Fellow
As a daughter of immigrants and a critic of ineffective systems, Carla has committed herself to reforming an immigration system effectively designed to be dysfunctional. She has interned for organizations such as the CARA ProBono Project where she prepared asylum seekers for their credible fear interviews, and Brooklyn Defender Services where she worked on crimmigration cases for clients who could not afford an attorney. Carla is honored to continue this work through her host organization, CAIR Coalition, where she will work to support attorneys in removal defense and defensive asylum cases.
Chloe was drawn to IJC by her deep personal connection to and previous work in immigration law. As the granddaughter of a Japanese-American citizen during World War II, her family experienced immigration policy at its worst. This initial connection motivated her pursuit of a career in immigration law. Chloe’s experiences working with immigrant farm workers at the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project and with children at Kids in Need of Defense further solidified her commitment to representing vulnerable immigrant communities. Chloe will be placed at CAIR Coalition in Baltimore, where she will represent detained adults seeking relief from deportation.
Claire is thrilled to be joining the CAIR Coalition team as the NQRP Case Manager. Claire’s passion for immigrant rights began while serving as a City Year AmeriCorps member with middle school students in Spanish Harlem, New York in 2012. Prior to working at CAIR Coalition, Claire worked as a case manager at the Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office and as an English teacher in Madrid, Spain. Most recently, she served as a Border Rights Project Fellow at Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, Mexico, providing legal assistance to migrants seeking asylum in the United States. Claire holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, where she led an organization focused on empowering local Somali-Bantu refugee families through in-home tutoring and mentorship.
Edith Hinson, Esq.
Edith joined CAIR Coalition in 2016 and serves as a staff attorney for adults held in immigration detention in both Virginia and Maryland.
Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Edith served as a student attorney in the Georgetown Law Women and Immigration Practicum, and was a contributor to the Jessup Prison Project. Before that, Edith interned with the Charlotte, North Carolina Public Defender’s Office, served as a law clerk at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Ginter Law Clinic, and served in the Charlotte Law Immigration Practitioner Clinic and the Charlotte Law Civil Rights Clinic. Edith obtained her Master of Laws with academic distinction from Georgetown Law with a concentration in Criminal and Immigration studies, and certificate in International Human Rights. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Charlotte Law.
Eleanor Gourley, ESQ.
Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Eleanor served as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eleventh Circuit. She completed legal internships with the Missouri Public Defender System in the St. Louis County and Eastern Capital Divisions, the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project in St. Louis, and the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.
Eleanor obtained her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where she received the Public Service Law Student of the Year Award and the Dean’s Service Award. She holds a B.A. in Politics and Spanish from Bates College. Eleanor is admitted to practice law in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Eleni Bakst, ESQ.
Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Eleni was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Human Rights First in New York, where she helped lead the organization’s impact litigation to protect access to asylum in the United States. These cases included Damus v. McAleenan and O.A. v. Trump, which challenge ICE’s denial of parole to asylum seekers and the Trump administration’s first asylum ban, respectively. She also conducted legal and policy research relating to healthcare and conditions in U.S. immigration detention and U.S. and regional asylum systems and published reports documenting these issues.
Eleni holds a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree from American University. During law school, Eleni interned at the International Rescue Committee, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, and the Wake County Public Defender’s Office. She was also a student attorney in Duke’s International Human Rights Clinic.
Prior to law school, Eleni worked as an English as a Second Language instructor for adult immigrants at the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights.
Eleni is admitted to practice law in New York.
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Tenacious professional with 10+ years of development and collaboration experience who is dedicated to excellence. I thrive in challenges and partnerships that forge supportive environments and are centered in integrity and bring out in others and in myself their own personal best. I am people centered and are constantly inspired and committed to the cause I stand behind.
Elizabeth Schmelzel, ESQ
Elizabeth Schmelzel grew up in southern Illinois and attended George Washington University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in 2007. She later received her Master's Degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, where she focused largely on immigration law and criminal defense. She has worked in detention centers throughout Texas and the United Kingdom and before joining CAIR Coalition, was a legal fellow at Ayuda. Elizabeth has had the opportunity to live in Senegal, China, and the United Kingdom and is honored to have found a career allowing her to walk alongside people from all over the world.
Ellen came to law school after teaching fifth grade in a heavily immigrant community in Tennessee, desiring to address the legal issues destabilizing her students’ lives. While at Georgetown, she interned at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition and served as a student representative in Georgetown’s asylum clinic and Appellate Litigation Clinic. Most recently, Ellen worked on a noncitizen’s Eleventh Circuit appeal challenging the determination that his crime involves moral turpitude. Ellen will be working with CAIR Coalition to expand access to counsel for detained adults in removal proceedings in Maryland.
Before joining CAIR Coalition, Emily worked alongside several immigrant rights coalitions in New Haven. As a legal intern with CARECEN's Survivors of Violence Unit in Los Angeles, she assisted with case management, provided translation, and worked with clients to prepare case declarations. Throughout her time in college, Emily conducted community-based participatory research in the southern United States and Guatemala, focusing on the intersections of environmental racism, public health, and displacement. Emily holds a B.A. in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration from Yale University. She received the Nakanishi Prize for her work on racial and ethnic justice issues at Yale upon graduation.
Prior to law school, Emily worked in Lebanon strengthening relationships between refugee and host communities. In law school, Emily was a member of UC Irvine Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, representing immigrants detained in the US. She also worked with Al Otro Lado’s Border Rights Project meeting with immigrants in Tijuana who were preparing to seek asylum in the U.S. Emily holds a master’s degree in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford, and a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University. As an IJC Fellow with CAIR, Emily will provide direct representation through CAIR’s detained adult program.
My name is Emma Hofman and I am originally from Maryland. I just graduated from Colby College with a degree in Global Studies and Development. In my free time, I'm an avid outdoor enthusiast and rugby player. I'm looking forward to working with everyone at CAIR Coalition!
Eric Lopez, Esq.
Before joining CAIR Coalition, Eric worked as an immigration attorney with the Detention Project of the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) in Chicago, Illinois, and with the Immigration Legal Services/Esperanza Center of the Catholic Charities of Baltimore. While at the NIJC, Eric focused on providing legal orientation and direct representation services to detained individuals. He also served as a Qualified Representative (Q.R.) through the National Qualified Representatives Program (NQRP). While at the Esperanza Center, he focused on non-detained removal defense and affirmative applications before the USCIS. He earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law at Champaign-Urbana.
Giulia Duch Clerici
Senior Legal Assistant
Giulia joined CAIR Coalition in 2019 as a Legal Assistant in the Detained Adults Program. Giulia works specifically in Caroline County Detention Facility in VA, facilitating the jail visits and assisting pro-se detained individuals in removal proceedings.
Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Giulia worked for two years as a field coordinator for an NGO in Northern Greece, organizing distribution of food, clothes, hygiene items and emergency shelter to asylum seekers in official and unofficial camps. She also led the development of community, educational and orientation projects in some of the most isolated camps or housing units in the region. Giulia holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Tulane University.
After obtaining a Master’s degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, Grace spent years working with refugees and internally displaced persons across the Middle East. She went to law school because she wanted to address the shortcomings of the global migrant protection regime. Throughout her legal education and work experiences with immigration advocacy organizations, Grace focused on the lack of legal representation in the American domestic immigration system. As an IJC Fellow at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, she will work on an exciting new universal representation model for immigrants in removal proceedings in Maryland.
Avodah Legal Assistant
Iliana recently graduated from Colby College with a double major in Government and Anthropology with a focus on international relations in the Middle East. After spending the last few months quarantining at home in Denver, Colorado, Iliana is excited to be moving to D.C.! Outside of work, Iliana is a huge fan of the outdoors, good books, slam poetry, farmers markets, and political activism.
Jennie joined CAIR Coalition in 2021 as a managing attorney in the Detained Adult Program. Before joining CAIR Coalition, Jennie served as the Director of Policy and Pro Bono for the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration. While at the ABA, Jennie spent several months working at one of the Commission's two direct service projects on the Southern border, the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR). Jennie also has worked at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) in Los Angeles, Centro Presente, the Federal Programs Branch in the Civil Division at the Department of Justice, and Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Jennie also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Keith P. Ellison, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas. Jennie graduated from Bowdoin College and received her J.D. from Yale Law School.
Jenny Eldridge joined CAIR Coalition in 2021. She works in the Detain Adults Project Legal Orientation Program. Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Jenny worked as an associate in private practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) in Chicago, where she represented asylum seekers as part of her pro bono practice. She also made several trips to detention centers as part of her pro bono practice to work with clients in CFI/RFI/bond related work. She was previously the Krantz Fellow for DLA Piper and served as a pro bono associate in her first year of practice.
Jenny obtained her J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law. She holds a B.S.B.A from University of Pittsburgh in Finance. She is admitted to practice law in Illinois.
Jocelyn Camarillo Rosas
LVC Legal Assistant
I am part of the LVC program and have been placed with CAIR as a legal assistant for the next year. I live in Omaha, Nebraska but I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona. I attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha and graduated May of 2020 with my Bachelors in International Studies with a second major in Political Science. I minored in Spanish and Human Rights.
I have been involved with immigration through my community in Omaha and immigration has been part of my personal life. I have seen and continue to see injustices happen in the immigration system and by institutions part of the system. I have been passionate about immigration for quite some time now, which is why CAIR Coalition was my top choice. I am glad to be placed with an organization that does amazing and important work. I look forward to gaining tons of experience and helping individuals that need help.
Avodah Legal Assistant
Jordan Pollack is a recent graduate of Vassar college with majors in Sociology and Hispanic Studies. She is particularly interested in the intersections of immigration justice and women’s rights and is really grateful for the opportunity to work at CAIR. Jordan studied Spanish for many years before studying abroad for a full year immersion program in Santiago, Chile. She also volunteered with the New York Legal Assistance group in the immigration unit in addition to interning at a Domestic Violence shelter in Poughkeepsie. She has volunteered with various social justice groups and Jewish-based social justice groups across different issues and communities in New York and looks forward to continuing this work.
Katharine Gordon is a staff attorney with the the Detained Adult Program, where she serves individuals with mental health disabilities. Previous to this, she worked at Al Otro Lado, in Tijuana, coordinating the pro bono response to the previous administration’s “Metering” and “Migrant Protection Protocols” policies which prevented asylum seekers from meaningfully exercising their right to request protection under international and federal law. She also worked as a child advocate with unaccompanied minors—including children with developmental and mental health disabilities—detained by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Before shifting to immigration advocacy, she worked with the American Diabetes Association’s national legal advocate program, where she helped people across the country fight discrimination in employment, education, public accommodations, correctional facilities, and interactions with law enforcement. A former Georgetown University Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow, Gordon is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the George Washington University Law School. Gordon has lived and worked in Mexico City and rural Guatemala, is fluent in Spanish, has worked extensively with survivors of trauma and violence.
Katherine Conway, ESQ.
Katherine joined CAIR Coalition in 2018. Her work focuses on providing bond representation and other legal services to adults held in immigration detention in both Virginia and Maryland. She is a recent graduate of American University's Washington College of Law, where she completed internships in the areas of immigration law, public defense, and served as a judicial intern at D.C. Superior Court.
Katherine Fourmy, ESQ.
Katie joined CAIR Coalition in 2019 and represents adults held in immigration detention. Prior to joining CAIR, Katie worked at Northern Virginia Family Service, representing vulnerable populations in their applications for humanitarian and family-based immigration relief, with an emphasis on fighting for asylum for survivors of torture. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas. Katie is fluent in Spanish and is a member of the bars of Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Katherine joined CAIR Coalition in 2018 as a Legal Assistant to the Detained Adult Program. Katherine works specifically in Maryland, facilitating visits to four immigration detention centers and assisting pro-se detained individuals in removal proceedings.
Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Katherine worked with refugees and immigrants in her hometown of Oklahoma City, helping families and individuals in their transition to the United States by providing transportation to appointments, assistance filing out state paperwork, and translation services. Katherine holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies and International Development from Washington University in St. Louis.
Katherine’s background as an immigrant from Dominican Republic and immigration advocate is what drew her to IJC. As a student attorney in the International Human Rights Law Clinic, she worked on defensive and affirmative asylum cases, and was exposed to Trafficking and Special Immigrant Juvenile cases. She also worked at an immigration law firm, Grossman Young and Hammond, where she assisted on defensive asylum, Temporary Protected Status, Adjustment of Status, and Consular Processing cases. As an IJC Fellow, Katherine will work at CAIR Coalition with detained immigrants in removal proceedings.
Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Keara worked as a legal assistant at a bilingual family law firm in Rockville, MD, while saving to travel through South America for seven months. She holds a B.A. in Politics and a concentration in International Studies from Oberlin College, where she was able to volunteer as an ESL and U.S. Citizenship instructor while pursuing her studies.
Kelly Rojas, Esq.
Kelly joined CAIR Coalition in 2016. She visits various facilities in Virginia on a monthly basis providing legal services to immigrants in ICE custody. She represents people primarily with cases docketed at the Arlington Immigration Court.
Yale Public Interest Fellow
Leanne Gale is a Yale Law Public Interest Fellow at Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition. While
in law school, she served as a student director of the Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic and
participated in the Immigrant Rights Clinic. She also served as an Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal
of Law and Feminism and organized the first Yale Law Human Rights Trip to Palestine and Israel.
During her law school summers, Leanne interned at the Public Defender Service for the District of
Columbia in the Parole Division and at Lustigman & Blank, a law firm representing Palestinian
residents of East Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank in matters of family unification, child
registration, defense against residency revocation, and freedom of movement. Prior to law school,
Leanne worked as a grassroots organizer focused on reproductive rights and health. She received her
J.D. from Yale Law School in 2020 and her B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from
the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.
Lorena Ortega Guerrero
Community IJC Fellow
Lorena’s mixed-status family and community inspire her passion for immigrant advocacy. She studied Latin American history with a focus on immigration patterns and recent regional conflicts. Throughout her four years of college, she worked with the New Haven Legal Aid Association, helping with asylum cases, developing a volunteer program for students to work on U-Visa cases, and assisting in translations. Lorena interned with CARECEN in D.C, focusing on direct services, while also conducting research and organizing “Know-Your-Rights” workshops. While studying in Jordan, she worked with an organization providing legal services to female refugees. She recently worked with the Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, working on refugee applications from the MENA region. Lorena is joining IJC to learn how to best advocate for the immigrant community, and will be placed with CAIR Coalition.
Lorna Julien joined CAIR Coalition in 2019. She works in the Detained Adults Project Universal Representation Program providing direct representation to detained noncitizens in removal proceedings.
Lorna graduated from American University with a B.A. in Justice and Law and a minor in Psychology. After American, Lorna attended the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. There she spent much of her time during her 2L and 3L year working in Catholic’s legal clinic, Columbus Community Legal Services (CCLS). In CCLS, Lorna worked in the Family and the Law Clinic, spending most of her time working with victims of domestic violence who were seeking to apply for U visas or victims seeking Civil Protection Orders in DC Superior Court. After graduating from law school, Lorna went on to work at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). While at DOJ, Lorna worked in the Office of Enforcement Operations, assisting law enforcement agencies and prosecutors who were seeking S visas for witnesses, and then in the Office of International Affairs working on extradition and international evidence gathering matters. Lorna is excited to return to the practice of providing direct legal representation to immigrants in the U.S.
Lorna is admitted to practice law in New York.
My name is Mauricio Ayala.
I was born in Washington, D.C. in 1984. About 2 years after I was born my mother and father bought a house in El Salvador and I continued to live in El Salvador until I was 14.
I began to work in the Immigration field at the Law Offices of Jay S. Marks in 2013. I have always enjoyed working in immigration but have always wished I could do more for my community.
My passion in life have always been the arts. I enjoy drawing, painting, writing, and cooking. I currently rent a studio space in Hyattsville, Maryland at Pyramid Atlantic that I use for my artistic endeavors.
LVC Legal Assistant
Maya is a fellow working within the Detained Adults Program as a Legal Assistant from August 2020 – July 2021. In May 2020 she graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN where she earned a BA in Environmental Studies. Originally hailing from Seattle, she is excited to spend this year exploring Baltimore and what the east coast has to offer.
Monica is a Filipino who moved to the United States in 2008. She developed an interest in social justice advocacy while obtaining her J.D. at the University of the Philippines College of Law.
Before joining CAIR Coalition, Monica was a staff attorney with Catholic Charities of Baltimore
representing victims of crime and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who were seeking humanitarian forms of relief. She is admitted to practice law in New York, California, and the Philippines.
Rebecca joined CAIR Coalition in 2019. She works in the Detained Adults Project Universal Representation Program, providing direct representation to detained noncitizens in removal proceedings. While in law school, Rebecca interned with the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Immigrant and Workers’ Rights Practice Group. She spent a semester as a legal extern for the Honorable John Robert Blakey of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. As a law student, Rebecca helped organize and lead her law school’s first pro bono service trip the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, where she and twelve other students prepared asylum seekers for Credible Fear Interviews before the Asylum Office.
Rebecca graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law and holds a B.A. from Colorado College. Prior to law school, Rebecca worked as a legal assistant at Maria Baldini-Potermin and Associates, P.C. a private immigration firm in Chicago.
Richard Vilmenay, Esq.
Richard joined CAIR Coalition in 2019. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Georgetown University. While in law school, Richard interned at the Board of Immigration Appeals in Falls Church, Virginia where he worked alongside Board Attorney Advisors in drafting Board decisions. He also participated in the Georgetown Street Law Program, where he taught a semester-long elective course on the DC Human Rights Act, voting rights, and constitutional and criminal law issues to students at Dunbar High School.
Prior to law school, Richard worked as a financial aid counselor, where he advised students and parents about financial aid eligibility within federal and institutional guidelines. He is dedicated to giving back to his community and volunteers at the Washington Lawyers' Committee Worker's Rights Clinic, which provides pro bono legal services for low-income workers. He also volunteers as a tutor with Project Northstar and is a member of his church's governing board.
Managing Legal Assistant
Vanessa Sarmiento joined the Detained Adult Program in 2016. She works primarily within the Legal Orientation Program, coordinating efforts and resources to provide legal services to noncitizen adults held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody throughout Virginia and Maryland. She facilitates the program's intake and case placement process by assessing the viability of a detained person's defense against deportation, as well as assisting pro se detained individuals in removal proceedings, oversees and support all staff members in preparing and conducting visits to all the adult detention facilities, and supervises legal assistants within the Legal Orientation Program. She also oversees the fellowship, volunteer and internship programs.
Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Vanessa completed internships with the judiciary of Colombia and CAIR Coalition. Vanessa is a graduate of the Catholic University of Colombia and holds an ABA approved certificate in Paralegal Studies from Georgetown University.
Yareli joined CAIR Coalition in 2018 as a legal assistant to the Detained Adults Program, conducting direct representation support and legal research to immigrants in Virginia and Maryland.
Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Yareli worked as a legal assistant at Catholic Charities in St. Louis, MO serving immigrants in a variety of cases, including asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, TPS, and DACA. Before that, Yareli interned with the Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA), working with the St. Louis community to educate around the issues of migration justice and advocate for immigration policy change. She also has volunteered with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project in Dilley, TX.
Yareli holds a B.A. from Saint Louis University in Political Science, International Studies, and French. A native Spanish speaker, Yareli also speaks French.
Jason graduated in May from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Spanish and Psychology. He was born and raised in New York City, but has lived in D.C. since 2017. While in college, Jason interned with the Immigration Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society and Immigrant Justice Corps, both in New York, and he also volunteered with the Georgetown Law Center's immigration clinic, Washington Lawyers' Committee, and Georgetown's D.C. Schools Project. Jason also studied abroad in Ecuador and Chile, where he assistant-taught English classes at a Chilean high school. In his free time, Jason enjoys hiking, photography, and playing basketball.
Development & Volunteer Associate
Naomi Turner joined CAIR Coalition in 2019 as a member of CAIR Coalition's Operations Team. Now, in conjunction with our Volunteers and the Development Team, she works to support CAIR Coalition's Volunteer Program and Development Operations.
Prior to joining CAIR Coalition, Naomi worked as a Senior Staff Coordinator for the Center for Race, Equity and Identity at Goucher College. Prior to that, she worked as a Program Aide at Hamlin Robinson School in Seattle WA, supporting students with Dyslexia. Naomi has earned a B.A. in Religion and Sociology with a minor in Political Science from Goucher College in Baltimore MD.