Our Staff

Stephany Arzaga

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Staff Attorney

B.A., Baylor University; J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6352

Stephany graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in May of 2016 with experience in many fields of social justice work. Born and raised in the border town of El Paso, Texas, Stephany discovered her passion for immigrant rights and justice at a young age. She has pursued her passion for immigration justice through internships at organizations like La Raza Centro Legal, the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic at GGU, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and Social Justice Collaborative. Beyond her work at LSC, Stephany enjoys sketching with graphite pencil and painting with watercolors and acrylic paint, reading, dancing, going to concerts, and traveling.

Nicole Bates

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Education Rights Advocate

B.A., Howard University; J.D., UC Hastings School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6334

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Reyna Burgos

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DICP Coordinator

B.A., San Francisco State University

Direct Line: (415) 780-6343

Reyna joined LSC in September 2005. She manages the Detained Immigrant Children’s Project. Her main focus is providing direct support for detained Spanish-speaking immigrant youth. Reyna’s professional background includes working as a certified mediator, certified domestic violence counselor, and a suicide hotline counselor. As a mediator and counselor, she assisted adults and youth who faced substance abuse, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS-related issues. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her four-legged child KittyCat, her nephews Giovanne and Issa, and her niece Genevieve.

Cecilia Candia

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Senior Attorney

B.A., Smith College; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6359

Cecilia joined LSC in December 2014 with a background in education and immigration law. Prior to attending law school, Cecilia worked in at the International Language Institute in Northampton, Massachusetts, as a Spanish and English teacher and as the Adult ESOL program coordinator. In law school, she focused on public interest and immigration law, while volunteering with the Boston Interpreters Collective. She interned with Greater Boston Legal Services, the ACLU of Texas, and La Raza Centro Legal Inc of San Francisco. At La Raza Centro Legal, Cecilia was the Coordinating Attorney. Cecilia is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). Cecilia is Co-Chair of the Immigration Committee of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the NLG. In her spare time, Cecilia likes to explore the East Bay on her bicycle and hike in the hills.

Tanhya Cardenas-Mares

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Legal Assistant; DACA Coordinator—KYR Advocate

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

Direct Line: (415) 780-6350

Tanhya joined LSC in June 2015. She graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Sociology. Tanhya’s career aspirations are to become a lawyer working with underrepresented communities. Her passion stemmed from her own upbringing, growing up in a primary economically disadvantaged Latino community who confronted different forms of injustice every day. Her social justice work is driven to bring about a more just society. Working to help give people agency and autonomy in their legal decisions, and empower to continue growing. Outside of work at LSC, Tanhya enjoys dancing, writing poetry, singing, hiking, and spending time with family.

Linn Chiu

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Senior Supervising Social Worker

B.A., Ohio University; M.S.W., San Francisco State University

Direct Line: (415) 780-6353

Linn joined the LSC team in June 2008. Linn has been a social worker working primarily with foster care/homeless/runaway youth for the past 17 years both in New York City and San Francisco. She has a deep commitment towards social and racial justice and has a particular interest in working with queer/LGBT youth and youth aging out of foster care. At LSC, Linn provides advocacy for youth in many legal practice areas but primarily in legal guardianships. Linn co-facilitates the Young Women’s Empowerment Project support group and as the Wellness Director, she pays focused attention on bringing trauma-informed practices and services to both clients and staff at LSC. She received her License in Clinical Social Work in California in June 2013. In her spare time, Linn loves spending time at the ocean, traveling, and crafting.

Moises Cruz

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Office Manager

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Direct Line: (415) 780-6336

Moises joined LSC in June 2013. He grew up in Southern California and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Spanish: Hispanic Languages & Bilingual Issues. Moises is deeply fascinated in languages, particularly with code switching in conversations and literature. In his spare time, he enjoys learning and experimenting with art practice techniques, reading manga and fictional literature, cooking his ama’s recipes, playing badminton, running, and playing mahjong and Blokus.

Jen Daly

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Senior Attorney

B.A., Boston College; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6351

Jen joined the LSC team in June 2016. Jen brings 20 years of experience working with youth in various capacities. Jen began her career in 1997 as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) working with abused and neglected children. She spent several years working as a counselor for drug addicted teens at Thunder Road Adolescent Drug Treatment Center in Oakland. She left Thunder Road to attend law school at Northeastern University School of Law. While in law school, Jen focused on juvenile justice issues. She has clerked for a Juvenile Court Judge, interned at a public defender’s office, worked as an advocate for women in prison and spent time in India working with refugees. For the nine years prior to joining the LSC team, Jen had a private law practice representing both parents and children in the San Francisco Dependency Court. Jen’s practice at LSC is focused on representing children in abuse and neglect cases and advocating for the rights of foster youth. Outside of work Jen enjoys relaxing at the Russian River, traveling and spending time with her many nieces and nephews.

Anjuli Arora Dow

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Senior Supervising Attorney

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; J.D., Whittier School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6344

Anjuli joined LSC in 2014 to lead the Guardianship Project. Anjuli brings many years of experience representing children in various capacities including those in need of guardianships and advocating for guardians and youth in obtaining public benefits and SSI benefits. Anjuli previously worked as a policy attorney and a staff attorney at The Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles and also worked in the private sector practicing business and civil litigation. She was a fellow in the Center for Children’s Rights during her time as a student at Whittier School of Law and has her certification in International Law. Outside of work, Anjuli relishes in her other passion of parenting her two children and enjoys traveling and exploring the world with them and her partner. Originally from San Diego, Anjuli can often be found in search of (or dreaming of) beautiful beaches.

Christian Gutierrez

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Legal Assistant

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Direct Line: (415) 780-6360

Christian came to LSC in December 2014 as a recent graduate of UC Berkeley with degrees in Political Science and Rhetoric. Christian’s dream is to attend law school so that he may one day advance social justice through public office – a passion which he developed while growing up in South Central Los Angeles. He is deeply interested in history and political issues. During his off time Christian relaxes by practicing martial arts, running, playing video games, and loves going to the movie theater.

Ronald Gutierrez

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Clinical Director

B.A., Wesleyan University; M.S.W., Columbia University

Direct Line: (415) 780-6341

Ron has been practicing social work at LSC since 1996 and he received his Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) credential in 1999. He has served in the role of Clinical Director at LSC since 2001, supervising the social work staff and coordinating the overall clinical services. From 1992 to 1994, Ron worked with Episcopal Social Services in New York City as a foster care caseworker serving families with predominantly Dominican and Puerto Rican heritage. Over the years, Ron has accumulated extensive clinical experience serving children and families with a diversity of racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. In 1999, he began presenting on the topics of Latino Identity and Cultural Competence, and has since spoken at numerous conferences and agencies across the country. Ron and his wife, Cherie, are the proud parents of two daughters. Outside of work, Ron is a competitive and accomplished trail runner and bike racer. He also enjoys commuting to LSC daily by bike. Ron identifies as Peruvian American and he is fluent in Spanish.

Gloria Jimenez Moran

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Social Worker

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.S.W, University of California, Berkeley

Direct Line: (415) 780-6328

Gloria joined LSC in May 2016 as a recent MSW graduate of UC Berkeley. Born and raised in East Oakland, and one of 8 siblings to Jalisciense immigrant parents, has given Gloria the privilege to be exposed to interlocking strengths and struggles that have fueled her motivation in addressing mental health injustices/disparities within communities of color. Gloria values learning about families’ roots and stories, including her own, as a way to heal, connect, and take on a strengths-based approach. She enjoys spending time with family including her partner, gathering family narratives, photography, eating, writing, hiking, drinking tea, dancing and meditating.

Jessica Lora

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Social Worker

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.S.W., University of Southern California

Direct Line: 415-780-6355

Prior to joining LSC, Jessica worked with foster youth in Alameda County. After receiving her B.A., she worked as a case manager in a mental health program. During graduate school, she worked with youth and families at Public Counsel Law Center and was also an academic advisor for high school students in a college readiness program. She was born and raised in the Central Valley, is fluent in Spanish, and is passionate about promoting social justice.

Joyce Lupack

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Grants and Contracts Manager

B.F.A., New York University

Direct Line: (415) 780-6345

Joyce joined LSC in 2016 with more than 12 years of experience in donor development, grant management and communications. Most recently she worked at Bay Area Legal Aid and before that at the San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate (SF CASA) Program. She is passionate about bringing a measure of justice to vulnerable people, particularly children and youth. She also enjoys working with adult learners and has tutored GED students and has taught a “Silver Surfers” class-- internet basics for seniors. Outside of work, she works to promote reform in the domestic adoption industry. She grew up in NYC but now happily lives in the East Bay with her wife, daughter, and dog Whisper, even though she is not a dog person.

Michael Magnaye

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Development Director

B.A., University of the Philippines; M.A., Stanford University

Direct Line: (415) 780-6348

Michael, who joined LSC in 2015, oversees LSC’s resource development from a diverse portfolio of private foundations, government agencies, and individual donors. Michael has 17 years of experience in philanthropy and fund development in the fields of education, health care, international development, and media arts. Prior to joining LSC, he was the development director for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, a global organization working on systems-involved children, youth, and families. He has held senior staff positions at College Summit, Southwest Community Health Center, International Development Exchange, The Girl Scouts, and UNICEF. Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Michael was a documentary filmmaker whose work has been screened at film festivals and broadcast on television stations worldwide. When he’s not fundraising, he sings as a tenor at the Basilica Choir of Mission Dolores, the oldest church in San Francisco. He is also the proud owner of a large snow globe collection.

Erin Maxwell

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Senior Social Worker

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.S.W, University of California, Berkeley

Direct Line: (415) 780-6338

Erin joined LSC in 2010. She is a social worker and the director of the Detained Immigrant Children’s Project. Prior to coming to LSC, Erin worked for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services advocating on behalf of unaccompanied detained immigrant children and with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project providing social work services to immigrant youth and detained adults. She has experience working with immigrants and refugees both domestically and internationally. She is fluent in Spanish. When not working, Erin enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling to beautiful beaches.

Ashley Connell Melwani

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Pro Bono Director

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6346

Ashley joined LSC in January 2014, drawn to the organization for its unique holistic services model, and commitment to providing youth-centered representation. As Pro Bono Director, she seeks to further LSC’s mission and reach by recruiting, training, and mentoring outside attorneys in our immigration, guardianship, and school discipline cases. Prior to this role, Ashley’s practice focused on representing detained and non-detained youth in immigration proceedings, and overseeing LSC's DACA Project. In her life before law, Ashley worked abroad as a teacher and program coordinator in Thailand, Argentina, and Nicaragua. These experiences fueled her interest in international human rights, and led her to a legal career representing individuals ensnared in the immigration and juvenile/criminal justice systems. Originally from Montana, Ashley spends as much of her free time as possible outdoors. Her favorite pastime is introducing her two kids to the wonders of the Bay Area.

Joey Mintz

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Social Worker

B.A., San Francisco State University; M.S.W., University of California, Berkeley

Direct Line: (415) 780-6349

Joey joined LSC in September 2017 as a recent MSW graduate of UC Berkeley. Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, Joey has spent the last 12 years working and studying in the Bay Area. Prior to pursuing an MSW, Joey spent several years developing the photography program at the innovative RYSE Youth Center in Richmond, CA, as well as providing direct services to adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. Joey also holds a BA in fine art from SFSU, and is interested in exploring the intersections of trauma-informed clinical practice, justice, and creativity. Outside of work at LSC, Joey is a musician, visual artist, and avid soccer player.

Lindsay Mullett

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Staff Attorney

B.A., Biola University; J.D., Harvard Law School

Direct Line: (415) 780-6356

Lindsay’s work with trauma survivors, including foster youth in Los Angeles, human trafficking survivors in Seattle and the Philippines, and those caught in the criminal justice system, highlighted the unique vulnerabilities of immigrants and fueled her passion for holistic immigrant rights advocacy. Lindsay graduated from Harvard Law School in 2016 where she pursued this passion through the Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinic, the Harvard Immigration Project’s Removal Defense Project, and internships with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Public Counsel’s Immigrant Rights Project. Following law school, Lindsay worked as an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow in New York City. Outside of work, Lindsay enjoys spending time with family, friends and strangers-waiting-to-become-friends, particularly when that includes outdoor adventures, picnics, live music, dancing or traveling.

Jennifer Oliva

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Intake and Outreach Manager

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

Direct Line: (415) 780-6329

Jennifer joined LSC in January of 2015. She has been deeply influenced by the immigrant/migrant community that she was brought up with in Los Angeles. She earned her B.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focused on Central American social movements, mapping immigration processes, the Latin American diaspora, and the modes that communities create beauty and continue resistance despite their multiple struggles. She has worked with a wide range of organizations to advance the education and well-being of children, youth, and LGBTQ folks. All of which have informed and fueled her continual involvement in a movement that seeks to create “a world in which many worlds fit.” In her free time, Jennifer loves to read, dance, cook, eat, craft, and watch movies.

Eswin Quiñonez

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Administrative Coordinator

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Direct Line: (415) 780-6331

Eswin joined the LSC team in March 2016 as a recent graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Chicano Studies with an emphasis in de-colonial thought and theory. He aspires to one day become a doctor, a dream that was fomented by the lack of health care resources and various public health issues present in the greater Los Angeles area. Eswin hopes to one day become an ally to those affected most by the pitfalls of the current health care system. He is deeply interested in learning more about history and human anatomy. On his time off he enjoys lifting weights, reading comics/manga, playing video games, and cooking.

Catherine Seitz

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Legal Director

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; J.D., U.C. Hastings

Direct Line: (415) 780-6340

Catherine joined the LSC team as Legal Director in July 2015. She has a J.D. from U.C. Hastings and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from U.C. Berkeley. She has been working in the field of immigration law since 1990, starting out as a legal assistant and then a BIA Accredited Representative before her admission to the bar in December of 2001. Before joining LSC, she worked at Bay Area Legal Aid, Canal Alliance, the International Institute of the East Bay, and Simmons & Ungar. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She is co-author of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s U Visa Manual and is an active member of the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors with her border collie, Axel.

Hannah Smith

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Development Associate

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; MSW,

Direct Line: (415) 780-6327

Beatriz Torres

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Senior Social Worker

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; M.S.W., Columbia University

Direct Line: (415) 780-6354

Abigail Trillin

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Executive Director

B.A., Yale University; J.D., New York University

Direct Line: (415) 780-6333

As Executive Director, Abigail has overall leadership responsibility for the agency, where she has worked since 1996. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Abigail was the Managing Attorney for ten years and a staff attorney for six years prior to that. She has both direct service and policy expertise in all four LSC legal practice areas. Previous to joining LSC in 1996, Abigail worked at numerous charitable organizations with a focus on education, and taught at an inner-city school in Los Angeles. Abigail is one of the nation’s first Certified Child Welfare Law Specialists. She is proficient in Spanish. Every moment outside of work, Abigail and her husband enjoy their daughters, Isabelle and Rebecca.

Asher Waite-Jones

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Equal Justice Works Fellow

J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6339

Asher joined LSC in September, 2016, as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by ALM, with a strong commitment to serving young people, particularly homeless, LGBTQ, and systems-involved youth. Prior to law school, he worked as a paralegal for a prisoner’s civil rights legal nonprofit, and volunteered at a local needle exchange, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2014, Asher moved to the Bay Area to attend law school at UC Berkeley School of Law. During law school, he focused on criminal defense and immigration law, interning at the Bronx Defenders, the Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office, and the East Bay Community Law Center in the Immigration and Homelessness Practices. At LSC, Asher’s fellowship centers around providing holistic representation to homeless youth in quality of life infraction cases, which are adjudicated in traffic court. Outside of work, Asher is a karaoke superstar, a frequent pie baker, and a devoted “gay uncle.”

David White

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Senior Attorney

B.A., George Washington University; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

Direct Line: (415) 780-6337

David began working at LSC in September 2017. Prior to joining LSC, David spent five years in the Public Defender’s office in Massachusetts representing children and parents in the dependency system. David became interested in providing direct legal representation to children during law school while interning with the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He went on to intern with the Children’s Law Center providing assistance to children in Washington D.C.’s dependency system and later participated in Georgetown’s Juvenile Justice Clinic providing direct legal representation to children charged with delinquencies. When not at work, David enjoys being outside, reading, and playing soccer.

Patricia Zermeño

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Staff Attorney

B.S., University of California Davis; J.D., The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

Direct Line: (415) 780-6326

Patricia joined LSC in September of 2017. Prior to joining LSC, Patricia worked at KIND- Baltimore representing unaccompanied minors in their immigration proceedings. Patricia completed her JD at Catholic University, Columbus School of Law. While attending law school, Patricia worked for the Department of Justice investigating law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities for violations of constitutional rights. Prior to law school, Patricia worked as a union organizer with service workers asserting their employment rights. She received her B.S. in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis. She is originally from the Central Valley of California and the daughter of immigrant parents. She became an immigration attorney to help her community, and because she wanted to build a more equitable world and ensure that all people have access to representation. In her spare time, Patricia enjoys being active, spending time with her family, in particular her three nephews, and is an avid soccer player.