​​​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 

Evelyn Lopez Dieguez, Esq.
Staff Attorney

Danny Washle, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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


Artemisa Valle
Information Systems Administrator
VIT Program Coordinator


Gabriela Guzman
BIA Accredited Representative, Asylum Program


Karen Anchondo
Legal Assistant, Children's Program 

Sandra Cuellar​
Legal Assistant, Children's Program 


Patricia Ramirez
Legal Assistant, CDSS-ISF DACA/DAPA 


Cecilia Lopez
Legal Assistant, Victims of Crime Program


Support Staff

Mary Wayne Gradon, SHCJ
Director of Communications 

Courtney Brown
Director of Development


Debleena Biswas
Grants Manager


Kendy Li
Operations Manager


Suzanne Dombkowski
Development Assistant


Paola Gutierrez
Executive Assistant to the Director


Mayte Benitez

​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

Victoria Stairs, Esq.
Dummit, Bucholz & Trapp

Jimmy Tabb, Esq.
Zaveri/Tabb

Jerry Trippitelli, Esq.
Alliance Dispute Resolution