​​​Staff

Carmen M. Chavez, Esq.
Executive Director


Legal Staff

Elizabeth Camarena, Esq.
Associate Director

Jesse Imbriano, Esq.
Supervising Attorney


Arwa J. Zakir Kakavand, Esq.
Director, Asylum Program

Matthew Cannon, Esq .
Director, Children's Program 

Katherine Paculba, Esq.
Director, Pro Bono Program 


Artemisa Valle
Information Systems Administrator
VIT Program Coordinator


Evelyn Alicia Lopez, Esq.
Staff Attorney


Liza Perkins-Cohen, Esq.

​Staff Attorney

Luis Gonzalez, Esq.
jAC Attorney Member
Children's Program


Gabriela Guzman
BIA Accredited Representative, Asylum Program


Ana Jerez
Data Clerk 


Patricia Ramirez
Legal Assistant, CDSS-ISF DACA/DAPA


Karen Anchondo
Legal Assistant, Children's Program 

Sandra Cuellar​
Legal Assistant, Children's Program 


Cecilia Lopez
Legal Assistant, Victims of Crime Program


Yasmine Azli

Pro Bono Program Assistant 


Support Staff

Mary Wayne Gradon, SHCJ
Director of Communications 

Courtney Brown
Director of Philanthropy


Kendy Li
Operations Manager


Paola Gutierrez
Executive Assistant to the Director


Suzanne Dombkowski
Development Assistant


Evelyn Hernandez

​Receptionist





Board of Directors

Board Chair
James F. Vargas, OFS
Father Joe's Villages

Board Vice Chair
Lucy Howell
Ignatian Volunteer Corps

Board Secretary

John Pacheco, Esq.
Sempra Utilities

Board Treasurer
Matt Mahoney, Esq.
Witham Mahoney & Abbott, LLP

Gloria Bader, Ed. D.
The Bader Group

Margie Carroll (ret.)
Ignatian Volunteer Corps

James D. Crosby, Esq.
Law Office of James D. Crosby

Ann Durst, Esq.
Society of the Holy Child Jesus

Molly Gavin
Qualcomm Incorporated

Carlee Harmonson
Union Bank

Sheila McNiff
Society of the Holy Child Jesus

Brooke Killian Kim, Esq.
DLA Piper LLP

Amy Romaker, Esq.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Jimmy Tabb, Esq.
Zaveri/Tabb

Jerry Trippitelli, Esq.
Alliance Dispute Resolution