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Meet Our Staff

Suzanne McCormick

Suzanne McCormick

Suzanne McCormick is the founder and Executive Director of ICWC. Suzanne graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1997. Since law school she has been dedicated to providing legal services to at risk youth and victims of domestic violence. Suzanne worked as a Staff Attorney at Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles. While at Public Counsel, she represented clients in probate guardianship, Violence Against Women Act, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases. She was the Project Coordinator for the Guardianship Volunteer Program, a pro per clinic at the Los Angeles central district courthouse, which assists unrepresented litigants. In 2002, Suzanne co-authored Abandon Probate Court for Abandoned Children: Combining Probate Guardianship of the Person and Dependency into one Stronger, Fairer Children’s Court in the Spring 2003 Southern California Review of Law and Women’s Studies. In 2004, Suzanne founded the Immigration Center for Women and Children. Through her work, Suzanne identified a need in the community for a legal service agency that provided services on a sliding scale fee system. Suzanne has established ICWC as one of the leading legal service agencies in California that provide immigration options for victims. Suzanne is active in many immigration and child advocacy groups in California and nationwide. Email Suzanne at suzanne@icwclaw.org.

Susan Bowyer

Susan Bowyer

Susan Bowyer is the Deputy Director of ICWC, and Directing Attorney of the ICWC Oakland Office. Susan is a national expert in U Nonimmigrant Status and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). She is the author of a number of publications on immigration remedies for survivors of domestic violence, including those published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) and the Boston University Public Interest Law Journal. She is a frequent trainer on immigration through the VAWA and U Visa and has presented at the American Immigration Lawyers Association National Conference, California and Central Florida Chapters, the Alameda County Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Annual Conference, on regional and national webinars, and before the California State Senate and Assembly Human Service Committees. Susan is a 1992 graduate of Stanford Law School, where she was a Public Service Law Fellow. She was the Managing Attorney of the International Institute of the Bay Area’s Oakland office from 2003 to 2010. She has also worked as a staff attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Acting Director of the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment. Email Susan at susan@icwclaw.org.

Mona Patel-Sikora

Mona Patel-Sikora

Mona Patel-Sikora is the Directing Attorney in the ICWC Los Angeles Office. She has worked extensively on behalf of battered women and children and has provided immigration representation to victims of domestic violence, crime and human trafficking. Mona has also been actively involved in advocacy and community outreach and has been a frequent speaker and trainer on immigration law and domestic violence issues. Mona was a founding board member at ICWC.

Mona received her law degree from USC Law School in May 1990. She also has a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Prior to joining ICWC, Mona was a Senior Attorney in the Immigration Unit at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). She has also worked at Public Counsel Law Center where she ran the VAWA Project and has worked as a litigation associate at the international law firm of Bryan Cave LLP. In 2002, she was named one of California’s top 20 Lawyers under 40 by California Law Business Magazine. She is also the recipient of USC Law School and PILF’s Outstanding Graduate Award, as well as the South Asian Bar Association’s Public Service Award. She has been named as a Super Lawyer” on several occasions and has served on the boards of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) and the South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency (SAHARA). Mona also served on the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Email Mona at mona@icwclaw.org.

Jessica Farb

Jessica Farb

Jessica Farb is the Directing Attorney in the ICWC San Francisco Office. Jess received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. She began working with immigrant crime victims in 2003 as an AmeriCorps VISTA legal assistant at Casa Cornelia Law Center in San Diego. Then, while pursuing her law degree in Washington DC, she worked for the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and helped represent immigrant clients at Ayuda, Inc. and Holland & Knight’s Community Services Team. Jess also authored an article on the U visa with the Human Rights Brief. She returned to California in 2008 to coordinate the immigrant crime victim program at the International Institute of the Bay Area’s Oakland office, joining ICWC in 2011. Jess maintains a diverse caseload of U visa and VAWA clients, provides regional and national trainings on the U visa, and regularly appears on the Spanish language news channel, KDTV Univision 14. Jessica created and administrates ICWC’s national web-based information sharing for U Nonimmigrant Status practitioners, the U Travel and Certifier Database (formerly called Google Docs). Email Jessica at jessicafarb@icwclaw.org.

Brooke Alexander Parr

Brooke Alexander Parr

Brooke Alexander Parr is a Supervising Attorney in the ICWC San Diego office. Brooke received her Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Southern California School Of Law and graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Spanish. While at Stanford, Brooke enhanced her Spanish skills during a semester abroad in Argentina. After Stanford, Brooke provided therapy services to children with special needs, primarily Autism. She worked closely with parents and educators to promote the child’s social-emotional development and she advocated on the child’s behalf to ensure that he or she received the services to which he or she is entitled under the law. During her time at USC School of Law, Brooke served as Notes Editor for her honors journal, Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice (RLSJ). She also worked as an intern at Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles and participated in USC Children’s Rights Clinic. She gained experience assisting families who were adopting children that had been abused, abandoned, or neglected and assisted attorneys with guardianship and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases. In light of these experiences, Brooke authored a publication for RLSJ, regarding the benefits received by families adopting children from the foster care system who have special needs. Post-graduation, Brooke worked as a Staff Attorney at Casa Cornelia Law Center (CCLC) in San Diego. She devoted her time to providing free legal services to indigent immigrants. During her time with CCLC, Brooke held various positions, including Domestic Violence Program Director. She has represented clients in VAWA, U Visa, Adjustment of Status, guardianship, and SIJS cases. Email Brooke at brooke@icwclaw.org.

Milli Atkinson

Milli Atkinson

Milli Atkinson is a Staff Attorney in the ICWC San Francisco Office. Milli graduated from Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and received her Juris Doctor degree from UC Hastings College of the Law. Following law school, Milli volunteered and interned at several non-profit organizations throughout the Bay Area, including Canal Alliance, the International Rescue Committee and the Asian Law Caucus. In 2006, Milli interned in the San Francisco office of Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi where she worked with the office’s Immigration Specialist in responding to requests from constituents on immigration related matters. In 2009, Milli began working in private practice, practicing immigration law exclusively. Milli returned to the non-profit world in 2013 when she became the Lead Attorney for Centro de Ayuda Legal para Inmigrantes (CALI) in Santa Clara, CA. While at CALI, Milli supervised the work of the legal staff and managed her own diverse caseload including U Visa, VAWA, DACA and provisional waiver applications. Milli joined ICWC in December 2014 as part of the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative. As a member of the SFILDC, Milli provides pro bono legal services to unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings, focusing primarily on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases. Email Milli at milli@icwclaw.org.

Malvina De La Canal

Malvina De La Canal

Malvina De La Canal is a Staff Attorney in the ICWC Oakland office. She received her J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law, and her B.A. in International Studies from American University. While pursuing her law degree, Malvina interned at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) in Washington, D.C., and later provided legal aid to clients living in poverty through her law school’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic followed by the General Practice Clinic. Prior to law school, she was a legal assistant at the Law Offices of Vivian N. Szawarc, an immigration law firm in Los Angeles. Email Malvina at malvina@icwclaw.org.

Claire Fawcett

Claire Fawcett

Claire Fawcett is a Staff Attorney in the ICWC Oakland office. She received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and her B.A. from Haverford College. Before coming to ICWC, Claire worked and interned at Centro Legal de la Raza, Van Der Hout Brigagliano & Nightingale, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and Greater Boston Legal Services providing direct legal services, including U Visa, VAWA, asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture relief and researching and writing for cases on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit. Email Claire at claire@icwclaw.org.

Liz Gonzalez

Liz Gonzalez

Liz Gonzalez is a Supervising Attorney in the ICWC Los Angeles Office. Liz received her B.A. in Spanish Literature from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. After Reed, she moved back to Los Angeles and worked at ICWC as a Legal Assistant. She also worked as a Legal Assistant at Schonbrun, DeSimone, Seplow, Harris, Hoffman & Harrison, LLP, a civil rights plaintiff’s litigation firm in Venice, California. While at Southwestern Law School, Liz worked on U Visa and SIJS cases at the Immigration Clinic, clerked at Public Counsel where she worked on U Visa and affirmative asylum cases, and she also worked with detainees at the Santa Ana detention center. Liz also returned to ICWC as a summer clerk and she interned at ICWC her last semester of law school. During law school, Liz was the social chair of Southwestern’s Immigration Law Student’s Association and she was the recipient of the Public Interest Law Grant, the Silbert Public Interest Fellowship, the Equal Justice America Fellowship, and the Public Interest Law Service Award. Liz has also been involved as a volunteer at the Alexandria House, a transitional shelter for women and children in the Los Angeles area. Email Liz at liz@icwclaw.org.

Angel Graf

Angel Graf

Angel Graf is a Supervising Attorney in the ICWC San Francisco Office. Prior to joining ICWC, Angel was an Attorney Advisor for the Executive Office of Immigration Review. She has also worked and interned for Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy, the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, and World Relief Chicago’s Immigrant Legal Services. Angel received her J.D., magna cum laude, from DePaul College of Law (2012) with a certification in Public Interest Law. While in law school Angel focused on issues involving gender, inclusion, domestic violence, and immigration. She also holds a B.A. from Elmhurst College (2003), a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University (2006), and previously worked in international relations, inter-cultural communication, and international human rights. Email Angel at angel@icwclaw.org.

Veronica Joya

Veronica Joya

Veronica Joya is a Staff Attorney in the ICWC Los Angeles Office. Prior to joining ICWC, Veronica was a staff attorney at Advocates for Children of New York, where she represented immigrant students and parents in special education hearings. Veronica received a B.A. in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley in 2007 and a J.D. from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law in 2012, where she was a Haywood Burns Fellow in Civil and Human Rights. While at Berkeley, she interned at Centro Legal de la Raza in Oakland, working on wage and hour claims on behalf of immigrant workers. After Berkeley, she returned to Los Angeles and worked as a legal assistant at the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law, providing legal services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. During law school, Veronica interned at the Urban Justice Center’s Sex Worker’s Project, providing legal advocacy and research on behalf of survivors of sex-trafficking and at the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit providing deportation defense. While at CUNY Law, Veronica was part of the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, president of the Latin American Law Students’ Association, and Notes & Comments editor of the City University of New York Law Review. Email Veronica at veronica@icwclaw.org.

Evelyn Y. Martinez

Evelyn Y. Martinez

Evelyn Yunuen Martinez is a Staff Attorney in the ICWC Los Angeles office. Evelyn received her law degree from UCLA Law where she specialized in the Epstein Public Interest Law Program and the Critical Race Studies Program. While at UCLA Law she interned with Learning Rights Law Center and the ACLU and co-chaired the VAWA Clinic at CARECEN. Prior to attending law school, Evelyn completed her undergraduate studies at UC Irvine majoring in Criminology and minoring in Education and Environmental Analysis. She then went on to get her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at UC Irvine. Before enrolling in law school she worked as a Child Development Specialist assisting developmentally delayed infants. Evelyn was born in Pacoima, California to two undocumented parents and is committed to fighting for equity in low-income, immigrant communities. Email Evelyn at evelyn@icwclaw.org.

Esmeralda V. Meza

Esmeralda V. Meza

Esmeralda V. Meza is a Staff Attorney in the ICWC Los Angeles Office. Esmeralda received her J.D. from UCLA with a specialization in Critical Race Studies. She graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Law and Society. At UCLA Law, Esmeralda served as Co-Chair of La Raza, Conference Co-Chair of the 16th Annual National Latina/o Law Student Association Conference, Co-Chair of the Immigration Law Society, Co-Coordinator of the student run VAWA Immigration Clinic, and Chief Executive Editor of the Chicana/o-Latina/o Law Review. During her time in law school, Esmeralda provided direct immigration legal services – U Visa, VAWA, SIJS, and asylum – through her work with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), ICWC, Public Counsel, and Kids In Need of Defense (KIND). After graduating from UCLA Law, she returned to ICWC as a 2013-2014 UCLA Law Public Service Law Fellow. Email Esmeralda at esme@icwclaw.org.

Socorro Moraza

Socorro Moraza

Socorro Moraza is a Staff Attorney in the ICWC Los Angeles Office. She received her J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law and her B.A. from UC Santa Barbara. While attending USC she was involved with the Latino Law Student Association and a copy editor for the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice. Socorro has worked and interned at the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation’s Immigration Unit, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Immigration Law Project, and USC’s Immigration Clinic providing direct legal services, including U Visa, VAWA, asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture relief. Email Socorro at socorro@icwclaw.org.

Miriam Nunez

Miriam Nunez

Miriam Nuñez is a Staff Attorney in the ICWC Los Angeles Office and previously worked at ICWC in San Francisco. Miriam graduated from UCLA Law with a specialization in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. She is a double Bruin, having graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in International Development Studies and a minor in Chicana/o Studies. During her time at UCLA Law, Miriam served as Co-Chair of the Immigration Law Society, and the National Lawyers Guild Immigrants’ Rights Committee. She also served as Academic Co-Chair of La Raza, Panel Coordinator of the 16th Annual National Latina/o Law Student Association Conference, and mentor with the UCLA Law Fellows Program. While at UCLA Law, Miriam worked with organizations such as Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Public Counsel and ICWC to provide direct legal services, including U Visa, T Visa, VAWA, Asylum, SIJS and DACA. She has also worked closely with the immigrant community through the CLEAN Carwash Campaign and in tutoring Spanish speaking adults to achieve basic Spanish and English literacy. Miriam is a current member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Immigration Section and a proud first-generation Mexican-American. Email Miriam at miriam@icwclaw.org.

Mayra Pop

Mayra Pop

Mayra Pop is a Staff Attorney in the ICWC Los Angeles Office. Mayra graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Business. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2012. While in law school, Mayra worked at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in which she represented the People of the State of California in numerous cases. She was a fellow with the American Board of Trial Advocated (ABOTA) and was the recipient of the 2012 ABOTA Excellence in Preparation for Trial Practice Award. Mayra also helped provide direct immigration services through the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project and the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). Email Mayra at mayra@icwclaw.org.

Jessica Rybka

Jessica Rybka

Jessica Rybka is a Staff Attorney in the ICWC San Francisco Office.  Jessica graduated from Pitzer College with a B.A. in Political Studies and minor in Spanish Literature.  Jessica then received her J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco in 2009.  Prior to joining ICWC, Jessica practiced corporate law.  As a student Jessica worked on consumer fraud and antitrust matters at the Federal Trade Commission, and foreign trade policy at the United States Embassy in Argentina.  As a corporate attorney, Jessica provided pro-bono legal services to Hispanic entrepreneurs through La Cocina.  Email Jessica at jessicarybka@icwclaw.org.

David Szeles

David Szeles

David Szeles is a Staff Attorney in the ICWC San Diego Office. David received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2011. He received his B.A. in Spanish and Political Science from the University of San Diego in 2007. After law school, David received a Loyola Public Interest Fellowship and worked as a staff attorney at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) for 2 years. His fellowship included presenting the Legal Orientation Program at Musick Detention Center in Orange County, and preparing U Visa, Adjustment of Status, and DACA cases. During law school David interned at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, and the LA County Bar Immigration Project. David served a two year volunteer mission in Florida, which is where he fell in love with the Hispanic community and became passionate about immigration law. He has 2 children, ages 5 and 3. Email David at davidszeles@icwclaw.org.

Esmeralda Aguilar

Esmeralda Aguilar

Esmeralda Aguilar is the Intake Coordinator in the ICWC San Francisco Office. Esmeralda graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Literature. While at UC Santa Cruz, she became involved with the Latino and low-income communities in Santa Cruz and Oakland, CA through organizations such as Students Informing Now (SIN) and Dream Summer. Esmeralda volunteered at Eastbay Sanctuary Covenant, where she screened potential clients for immigration remedies. Esmeralda is interested in attending law school in the future. Email Esmeralda at esmeralda@icwclaw.org.

Alfonso Alfaro

Alfonso Alfaro

Alfonso Alfaro is the Office Manager at ICWC. Before joining ICWC, Alfonso was a field deputy for the United States House of Representatives. He researched and monitored education issues that affected California’s 40th Congressional District and managed multiple programs and projects for constituents in Southeast Los Angeles County. Alfonso earned his BA in Spanish and Community and Culture from UCLA in 2012. Email Alfonso at alfonso@icwclaw.org.

Doris Alvarez

Doris Alvarez

Doris Alvarez is a Legal Assistant in the ICWC Los Angeles office. Doris graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012 with a double major in Political Economy and Legal Studies. While at Berkeley, she volunteered at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant where she worked on asylum cases. She also interned at the East Bay Community Law Center, Neighborhood Justice Clinic, assisting low-income clients with a variety of legal issues, including those related to debt collection and small claims cases. Doris also devoted much of her time working for an Early Childhood Education Center and tutoring third-grade students in one of Oakland’s most impoverished neighborhoods. Prior to joining ICWC, Doris interned at the White House for the Domestic Policy Council where she worked on issues related to economic mobility and urban development. Email Doris at doris@icwclaw.org.

Wendy Castillo

Wendy Castillo

Wendy Castillo is a Legal Assistant in the ICWC Los Angeles office. She graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Sociology and Ethnic Studies. While at Brown, she became involved with the local Latinx and low-income communities in Providence through organizations such as English for Action and Capital Good Fund. Wendy has also been involved with the immigrant community in Los Angeles through an internship with Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) and The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Email Wendy at wendy@icwclaw.org

Lleana Contreras

Lleana Contreras

Lleana Conteras is a Legal Assistant in the ICWC Los Angeles office. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A in Political Science and Women’s Studies. During her undergraduate years, she worked with Bruin Feminist for Equality, making a presence of women of color and women of color issues at the university. After graduation, she worked for the Feminist Majority Foundation as a student organizer. More recently, she worked for several years as a senior paralegal for a non-profit that specialized in tenant’s rights and advocacy. Email Lleana at lleana@icwclaw.org.

Javier Donez

Javier Donez

Javier Donez is a Legal Assistant in the ICWC Los Angeles office. Javier graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in Public Affairs. While at UCLA, he was very active in various student organizations where he tutored and mentored inner-city and low-income youth, promoting cultural awareness, higher education, and youth advocacy through policy change. Javier participated in a travel-study abroad program where he examined the different systems of government in Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. For his senior research project, Javier conducted extensive research on immigration reform policy focusing on immigrant youth, analyzing its economic and political impact on several levels. Prior to joining ICWC, Javier worked at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) as a legal assistant, providing DACA direct services. Email Javier at javier@icwclaw.org.

Caitlin Fuller

Caitlin Fuller

Caitlin Fuller is a Legal Assistant in the ICWC San Francisco office.  She received an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in June 2015.  While in Chicago, she served as a volunteer advocate for detained immigrant youth and conducted policy research on child welfare intervention in families affected by domestic violence.   Prior to graduate school, she facilitated family literacy workshops for immigrant families as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member in Sonoma County, CA.  She first became interested in immigration issues as an undergraduate research assistant on a project examining the history of race-based immigration laws in the Americas.  She holds a BA in history and Latin American Studies from Grinnell College. Email Caitlin at caitlin@icwclaw.org.

Grace Mandry

Grace Mandry

Grace Mandry is the Coordinator for the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians in the ICWC San Francisco Office. Grace graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies. During college she studied abroad in Cáceres, Spain where she also tutored students in English. In Kalamazoo, she also participated in Model United Nations and lacrosse. Prior to joining ICWC, Grace was the AmeriCorps member for an immigration nonprofit in Lexington, Kentucky. There she coordinated a clinic for migrant workers who were victims of wage theft. She also conducted outreach for the clinic, and traveled all over Kentucky educating immigrant and refugee groups on their rights in the workplace. Email Grace at grace@icwclaw.org.

Fernando Nunez

Fernando Nunez

Fernando Nunez is a Legal Assistant in the ICWC Oakland office. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2013 with a major in Politics, focusing on International Relations. While at UC Santa Cruz, Fernando interned with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in Washington, DC. He was also a research assistant conducting research on social and political movements in Latin America. Prior to joining ICWC, Fernando worked as a legal assistant in public employment law. Email Fernando at fernando@icwclaw.org.

Carlos Olivares

Carlos Olivares

Carlos Olivares is a Legal Assistant in the Los Angeles ICWC office. Before joining ICWC, Carlos worked for Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project as a Legal Assistant for their Legal Orientation Program (LOP) at Adelanto Detention Center, and with their Division of Children’s Services (DCS). As a Legal Assistant, he worked closely detained adults at the detention facility and with detained unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the United States. Carlos earned his BA in History from CSULA. Email Carlos at carlos@icwclaw.org.

Priscilla Parada

Priscilla Parada

Priscilla Parada is an Administrative Assistant in the ICWC San Francisco office. Priscilla graduated from the UC Berkeley with a double major in Political Science and Chicano Studies. While at Berkeley, Priscilla was an ILR (Inside the Living Room) intern for three years at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant. While interning at the Sanctuary, Priscilla worked on asylum cases and taught citizenship classes. Email Priscilla at priscilla@icwclaw.org.

Sara Ramirez

Sara Ramirez

Sara Ramirez is an Administrative Assistant in the ICWC Los Angeles Office. Sara graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Law and Society. While at Davis, she was a community representative for the Yolo County Neighborhood Court where she collaborated with the District Attorney in addressing low level crimes in the Davis-Sacramento area. Before joining ICWC, Sara was a legal intern for CARECEN with the U-VISA/VAWA department. Email Sara at sara@icwclaw.org.

Jennie Renn

Jennie Renn

Jennie Renn is a Legal Assistant in the ICWC San Francisco Office. She graduated from Pitzer College in 2010 with a B.A. in Chicano Studies and Spanish. During her undergraduate years, Jennie was involved in immigrant workers’ rights campaigns both on campus and in her college and home communities, and was an active member of the college’s student-run mariachi group. After graduating, Jennie spent three years teaching English at the Universidad del Papaloapan in Tuxtepec, Oaxaca. Prior to working with ICWC, Jennie volunteered with the Family Services Unit at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle and at citizenship clinics organized by Washington New Americans and AILA. Email Jennie at jennie@icwclaw.org.

Manuel J. Reyes

Manuel J. Reyes

Manuel J. Reyes is a legal assistant in the ICWC Oakland office. Before joining ICWC, Manuel interned at the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) in Oakland, CA. At IIBA he helped manage U Visa and U AOS cases for IIBA clients. Manuel earned a BA in American Studies with a focus in US Politics and Immigration from UC Berkeley. Email Manuel at manual@icwclaw.org.

Milena Reyes

Milena Reyes

Milena Reyes is a Legal Assistant in the ICWC Los Angeles office. Milena graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. During her undergraduate career, she interned at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, Self-Help Legal Access Center, assisting clients with housing and child custody issues. After graduating, she volunteered for EL ARCA, a non-profit organization that provided care and educational programs to the developmentally disabled. She also worked in the private sector teaching children with disabilities and volunteered for a local City Council election campaign. Milena was the Administrative Assistant at ICWC Los Angeles office prior to becoming a Legal Assistant. Email Milena at milena@icwclaw.org.

Marina Serrano

Marina Serrano

Marina Serrano is the Intake Coordinator in the ICWC Los Angeles office. Marina graduated from Occidental College in 2015 with a double major in Critical Theory/Social Justice and Group Language with concentrations in Spanish and Linguistics. While at Occidental, she interned with Mil Mujeres Legal Services where she primarily worked on U Visa cases. She also devoted much of her time conducting research on the surge of unaccompanied minors that entered the United States during the summer of 2013. Prior to her position as Intake Coordinator, Marina worked as an administrative assistant in the ICWC Los Angeles office. Email Marina at marina@icwclaw.org.

Jessica Valenzuela

Jessica Valenzuela

Jéssica I. Valenzuela is a Legal Assistant in the ICWC Los Angeles Office. Before joining ICWC, Jessica received her B.A. from Pomona College as a QuestBridge Scholar. She now forms part of the McNair Scholars Program at Claremont Graduate University where she is obtaining her Education Ph.D. and Gender and Women’s Studies certificate. At CGU she has been involved with the Latino Graduate Student Association and has been an advocate for improving institutional support for undocumented students. Her experience as a UCLA Law Fellow solidified her goal of obtaining a JD in the near future to continue defending the rights of immigrant and LGBTQ communities. Email Jessica at jessicavalenzuela@icwclaw.org.