staff 2020

  • (please click on name below for contact information, and to read staff bios)

    Sirine Shebaya, Executive Director
    sirine shebaya

    Program Areas: Border Issues, Civil Rights, Detention and Deportation, Enforcement, Habeas petitions
    Phone: 617-227-9727 x2 · Email: Sirine Shebaya

    Sirine Shebaya is executive director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. Sirine is a longtime immigrant rights advocate who focuses on combining litigation, advocacy, and public campaign strategies to defend and advance the rights of immigrant communities of color. She has litigated several high-profile cases alongside and on behalf of people impacted by the Muslim Ban, family separation, discriminatory police practices, and immigration detention and enforcement. In partnership with local community groups, she has led and participated in several campaigns to fight back against racism in the immigration system and to disentangle the immigration and criminal legal systems. She previously worked at the ACLU of Maryland and the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition.

    Khaled Alrabe, Senior Staff Attorney
    Khaled Alrabe

    Program Areas: Terrorism Bars, Immigration Consequences of Convictions, Civil Rights
    Phone: 617-227-9727 x3 · Email: Khaled Alrabe

    Khaled Alrabe is a Senior Staff Attorney at the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG). He focuses on litigation and technical assistance on matters related to the immigration consequences of crimes, terrorism-related inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and due process in immigration proceedings. Before joining NIPNLG, he was a researcher at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley, where he worked on immigration, human trafficking, and accountability for victims of sexual violence in international courts. Khaled was a law fellow at NIPNLG in 2015-2016 and holds a JD from Georgetown University and a BA from Harvard College.

    Caitlin Bellis, Policy and Community Advocacy Attorney
    Hilda Bonilla

    Program Areas: Enforcement, Intersection of Criminal and Immigration Law ("Crim-Imm"), Surveillance, Detention and Deportation, Civil Rights
    Phone: 617-227-9727 x24 Email: Caitlin Bellis

    Caitlin Bellis comes to NIPNLG from the University of California Irvine Immigrant Rights Clinic where, as clinical fellow, she supervised students and represented the Clinic in Orange County organizing and policy settings. Caitlin previously worked at Public Counsel in Los Angeles, managing removal defense cases, running the Legal Orientation Program, and co-coordinating the California and the L.A. Coalitions for Universal Representation. Caitlin clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and is a graduate of Yale Law School and Reed College.

    Ann Garcia, Staff Attorney
    Ann Garcia

    Program Areas: Border Issues, Civil Rights, Detention and Deportation, Removal Defense
    Phone: 617-227-9727 x27 · Email: Ann Garcia

    Ann Garcia is a Staff Attorney at the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG). Before joining NIPNLG, she ran projects at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network to assist separated families and free immigrants from detention. Her work appears regularly in national media on family separation. Ann previously started a detained removal defense program at the RAICES office in Fort Worth, Texas as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. She is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law, where she was on the editorial board of the ABA's Administrative Law Review. Ann earned a bachelor's degree from Middlebury College. Prior to law school, Ann worked on immigration policy at the Center for American Progress.

    Pamela Goldstein, Director of Development
    Pamela Goldstein

    Phone: 617-227-9727 x5 · Email: Pamela Goldstein

    Pamela Goldstein is a movement fundraiser and communicator who has worked in social justice non-profits for more than 30 years. Prior to joining NIPNLG in 2010, Pamela worked with stakeholders at Oxfam America, the Cambridge Women’s Center, and the Central America Solidarity Association (CASA). Pamela holds a BA from Tufts University and an MPA and Certificate of Executive Education from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

    Cari Hourigan, Director of Finance and Operations
    Cari Hourigan

    Phone: 617-227-9727 x22 · Email: Cari Hourigan

    Cari joins NIPNLG with a diverse background in non-profit business operations that includes grants management and compliance, human resources, finance and accounting, and general project management. She is passionate about building and managing lean and efficient biz-ops structures that let the mission thrive. Cari holds an MSc from the Adam Smith School of Economics at the University of Glasgow and a BA from Manhattan College.

    Jazmine James, Operations Associate
    Cari Hourigan

    Phone: 617-227-9727 Ext. 23 · Email: Jazmine James

    Jazmine James is an Operations Associate at the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG). Prior to joining NIPNLG, she spent several years as a Leadership Development Associate for another non-profit that aimed to improve government efficiency in the U.S. Jazmine's interest in the non-profit sector and passion for public service began as a high school student, when she served the homeless population through food and clothing banks. Jazmine obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Communications Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

    Michelle Méndez, Director of Legal Resources and Training
    Michelle Mendez

    Program Areas: Removal Defense, Detention and Deportation, Naturalization, Motions to Reopen, BIA Appeals
    Phone: 617-227-9727 x29 · Email: Michelle Méndez

    Prior to joining NIPNLG, Michelle N. Méndez served as the Director of the Defending Vulnerable Populations Program at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). At CLINIC, Michelle provided training and technical support to immigration practitioners nationwide, engaged in federal litigation, supervised remote response projects, and, from 2015 to 2017, oversaw CLINIC's role in the CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley, Texas (now the Dilley Pro Bono Project). Before joining CLINIC, Michelle served as senior managing attorney at Catholic Charities D.C., where she began as an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by DLA Piper. Michelle has taught the Immigration Litigation Clinic at Catholic University Columbus School of Law, was a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, assisted the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law and serves as the Program Director for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Immigration Public Programs. Prior to law school, Michelle worked at the CAIR Coalition and AILA, and taught English to middle schoolers in France. Michelle holds a JD from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, a BA from the University of Richmond, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University, and a Professional Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution through the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. She is proud to be an immigrant, originally from Medellín, Colombia.

    Joseph Meyers, Justice Catalyst Legal Fellow
    Joseph Meyers

    Phone: 617-463-9708 x7 · Email: Joseph Meyers

    Justice Catalyst Fellow Joseph Meyers is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he participated in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and the Criminal Justice Clinic. He has clerked for the Hon. Beverly Martin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Hon. Jesus G. Bernal of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Before law school, Joseph worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica and a paralegal at the Federal Defenders of New York. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University.

    Victoria Neilson, Supervising Attorney
    Victoria Neilson

    Program Areas: Asylum, Border Issues, Removal Defense
    Phone: 617-227-9727 x28 · Email: Victoria Neilson

    Victoria (Vickie) is a Supervising Attorney at the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG). Before joining NIPNLG, Vickie was Managing Attorney of the Defending Vulnerable Populations program at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., where her work focused on asylum, removal, and trial skills trainings. Prior to her work with CLINIC, Vickie was the Legal Director of the Immigrant Justice Corps, the country's first legal fellowship program. Vickie has also worked for the Refugee and Asylum Law Division of USCIS, and as Legal Director of Immigration Equality and the HIV Law Project. She has taught as an adjunct professor at CUNY School of Law and NYU School of Law. She is a graduate of CUNY School of Law and Harvard College.

    Amber Qureshi, Staff Attorney
    Amber Qureshi

    Program Areas: Enforcement, Denaturalization, Issues Impacting Muslim, Arab, and South Asian immigrants
    Phone: 617-227-9727 x8 · Email: Amber Qureshi

    Amber Qureshi (pronounced UM-BER) works on immigration enforcement issues, particularly those that impact low-income Muslim, Arab, and South Asian (MASA) communities. She is a 2019 JD graduate of Yale Law School, where she studied and worked on issues related to immigration, Muslim civil rights, and international human rights law. Before law school, Amber was a high school math teacher in Baltimore, MD. She holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland College Park and an M.Ed. from Johns Hopkins University.

    Arianna Rosales, Senior Communications Manager
    Arianna Rosales

    Phone: 617-227-9727 x25 · Email: Arianna Rosales

    As NIPNLG's inaugural Senior Communications Manager, Arianna Rosales comes to NIPNLG most recently from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, where she served as Communications Manager. Prior to that, she was the Communications Manager at the New York Immigration Coalition. Arianna began her career as the Deputy Editor and Production Manager at the Stanford Law School, where she managed the production of all print and digital pieces. She holds a BA in English Literature from Stanford University.

    Rebecca Scholtz, Senior Staff Attorney
    Rebecca Scholtz

    Program Areas: Children's Immigration Issues, Asylum, Removal Defense
    Phone: 617-227-9727 x26 · Email: Rebecca Scholtz

    Rebecca Scholtz, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, comes to NIPNLG from Catholic Legal Immigration Network, where as a senior attorney with the Defending Vulnerable Populations Program she provided training and technical support to immigration practitioners focusing on issues related to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and unaccompanied children in removal proceedings. Rebecca previously worked at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid where she represented unaccompanied children and provided training, technical assistance, and advocacy on children's immigration issues. She is a faculty fellow at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and previously taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Rebecca clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and is a graduate of Yale Law School and Middlebury College.

    Cristina Velez, Supervising Attorney

    Program Areas: Detention and Deportation, Naturalization, Asylum, Border Issues, Removal Defense
    Phone: 617-227-9727 x6 · Email: Cristina Velez

    Cristina is a Supervising Attorney at the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG). Before joining NIPNLG, Cristina directed the immigration unit at Queens Legal Services, specializing in removal defense and complex humanitarian relief for survivors of violence. Previously she spent several years at the HIV Law Project, where her practice encompassed removal defense, affirmative asylum and other humanitarian relief, naturalization, waivers, appellate, and amicus work. In between, Cristina worked at the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative and the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center (now Takeroot Justice). She clerked for the Honorable Denny Chin, then at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and is a graduate of Cornell Law School and Oberlin College.


    Matthew Vogel, Supervising Attorney
    Matthew Vogel

    Program Areas: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions, Due Process, Enforcement, Civil Rights
    Phone: 617-227-9727 x9· Email: Matthew Vogel

    Matthew Vogel joins NIPNLG from the Orleans Public Defenders (OPD) in New Orleans, where for five years as a staff attorney, he built OPD’s immigration practice, providing immigration consequences advising, and training on the immigration consequences of criminal legal system involvement. Matt also worked on OPD’s death penalty and juvenile life without parole defense teams, and carried a docket of upper-level felonies and misdemeanors. He has clerked for the Honorable Keith P. Ellison of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; and spent 8 years living and working at the New York City Catholic Worker, a house of hospitality for homeless people. Matt graduated from Harvard University, Yale Divinity School, and Yale Law School.