Irfana Anwer, Pro Bono Managing Attorney, DC

Cecilia Baxter, Immigration Staff Attorney, VA

Deepa Bijpuria, Immigration Managing Attorney, MD

Gaby Brito, Immigration Staff Attorney, MD

Shanti Martin Brown, Immigration Supervising Attorney, DC

Becca Brunty, Immigration Staff Attorney, DC

Aubrey Calderon, Immigration Paralegal, VA

Mary Caulfield, Senior Immigration Paralegal, VA

Giancarla Cazzol, Immigration Legal Assistant, MD

Sofia Castellano, Immigration Legal Assistant, VA

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

Josh Doherty, Immigration Managing Attorney, DC

Ryan Durazo, Immigration Staff Attorney, VA

Ani EscobarDomestic Violence/Family Law and Immigration Legal Assistant, DC

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

Tamara Marquez, Immigration Staff Attorney, MD

Victoria Maqueda, Immigration Managing Attorney, VA 

Iovanna Membreno, Intake Specialist/Office Manager, MD

Annika Meurs, Legal Assistant, DC

Maribel Nava, Legal Assistant, VA

Corie O’Rourke, Immigration Supervising Attorney, VA

Beatriz Ortiz, Immigration Staff Attorney, DC

Blanca Palma, Immigration Paralegal, MD

Dominique Perez-Sangimino, Interim Immigration Supervising Attorney, VA

Julia Rigal, Immigration Staff Attorney/EJA Fellow, MD

Michelle Romero, Legal Program Associate, VA

Helen Sanchez, Intake Specialist/Office Manager, DC

Isabella Sansanelli, Immigration Legal Assistant, VA

Larisa Traub, Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, DC

Megan Turngren, Director of Legal Services

Carina Villagra, Senior Immigration Staff Attorney, VA

Lauren Wert, Immigration Staff Attorney, VA


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

Juliana Carvajal Yepes, Law Clerk, DC

Guisela Castillo, Domestic Violence/Family Law Paralegal, DC

Stephanie Hand, Domestic Violence/Family Law Paralegal, DC

Kathryn Serran, Domestic Violence/Family Law Legal Assistant, MD

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


Colleen Normile, Managing Attorney, Project END



Ivan Azcarate, Interim Operations Manager

Ada Contreras, Staff Accountant

Paula Fitzgerald, Executive Director

Margarita Martinez, HR Manager

Rossana Molina, Senior Accountant

Berta Najera, Operations Associate

Rose Spero, Operations Director

Elsy Vasquez, Finance Manager

Connor Paul, Volunteer and Intern Coordinator



Jennifer Argueta, Case Manager

Diana Fitz, Case Manager

Diana Fula, Case Manager

Karina Garcia, Therapist (Bilingual)

Monica Maldonado, Senior Case Manager

Roberto Martinez, Senior Therapist (Bilingual)

Nuri Martinez-Molina, Bilingual Case Manager, MD

Fatima Monastiriotis, Supervising Case Manager, VA

Ana Plaza, Social Services Director

Kirstie Sippola, Supervising Case Manager, DC

Ana Teo-Salvador, Case Manager

Brianna Tomci, Case Manager

Maria A. Vethencourt, Supervising Case Manager, MD


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

Blue Miller, Language Access Coordinator

Jairo Nuñez, Language Access Coordinator

David Steib, Language Access Director

General Inquiries – [email protected]



Laura Trask, Director of Development & Communications



Sandra Benavente, Grant Writer

Kiara Tarafa, Grants Writer

Jessica Trease, Grants Director

April Yu, 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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