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Our Staff

Our staff of attorneys, legal advocates and researchers come from all over the country and bring decades of experience to clients in need.

Hazel Alessandrini

Staff Attorney, April 2020 to Present
University of Sussex, L.L.M International Law and Human Rights 2017
University of Sussex, L.L.B Law 2015

Alline Alvarez

Housing Paralegal, 2019 to Present
University at Albany B.A. in Public Policy and Administration 2019

Mayya Baker

Staff Attorney, 2018 to Present
Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, J.D. 2015
Pace University, B.A., 2011

Sam Bakken 

Law Graduate, 2019 to Present
Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D. 2018
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, B.A.

Genesis Cabrera

Benefits Advocate, 2018 to Present
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.A. in International Criminal Justice, 2020

Sanai Carchi-Merrick

Operations Associate, 2017 to Present
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, M.P.A., 2017
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.S. in Criminal Justice, 2014

Kathleen Cash

Benefits Advocate*, 2019 to Present
SUNY Empire State B.A. Human Services 2019

Aitana Ruilova Castro

Legal Assistant, 2018 to Present
St. John’s University, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, B.A. in Psychology, 2019

Jonathan Cohen

Director of Legal Services, 2017 to Present
CUNY School of Law, J.D.
Haverford College, B.A.

Kiana Davis

Policy Analyst and Benefits Advocate*, 2018 to Present
George Washington University, B.A., 2015

Marika Dias

Managing Director, March 2020 to present
Australian National University, Grad. Dip. Legal Practice  2004
University of Melbourne, L.L.B Law 2001
University of Melbourne, B.A. (Hon.) 2001

Raven Dorantes

Managing Attorney, 2016 to Present
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2008
M.A. in Social-Community Psychology, 2012

James Fenton

Supervising Attorney, 2017 to Present
St. John’s University School of Law, J.D. 2015
Lemoyne College, B.A. in History 2012

Genevieve Fontan

Staff Attorney, 2019 to Present
Stanford Law School 2010
University of California Berkeley, B.A.

Roxanna Henry

Social Worker, 2019 to Present
Silberman School of Social Work, MSW, 2018

Craig Hughes

Social Work Supervisor, 2018 to Present
CUNY Graduate Center, M. Phil, 2016
Hunter College School of Social Work, MSW, 2009

Adriana Mendoza

Benefits Advocate*, 2016 to Present
Brooklyn College, B.A. Sociology, 2014

Edwin Ortiz

Paralegal, 2011 to Present
Supervising Advocate, 2003 to 2011
Hofstra University, B.S., 1992

Munir Pujara

Supervising Attorney, 2019 to Present
New York University School of Law, J.D., 1999
Rutgers University, B.A.

Patrick Quigley

Staff Attorney, 2018 to Present
St. John’s University School of Law, J.D. 2015
Northeastern University, B.A., 2011

Dan HeeHwan Shin

Paralegal, 2018 to Present
CUNY School of Law, J.D., 2022
Villanova University, B.S. in Business Administration, 2011

Ingrid Soto

NOEP Coordinator, 2014 to Present

Helen Strom

Benefits Unit Supervisor, 2016 to Present
Advocate*, 2011 to 2015
Harvard College, B.A. Social Studies, 2011

Tanvee Trehan

Law Graduate, 2018 to Present
Brooklyn Law School, J.D. 2017
Fordham University, B.A., 2013

Vania Tseng

Staff Attorney, 2019 to Present
City University of New York School of Law, J.D.
George Washington University, B.A. in International Affairs

Courtney Wilson

Staff Attorney, 2019 to Present
University of Wisconsin Law School, 2017

Elaine Ynoa

Legal Assistant, 2018 to Present
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.S. in Criminal Justice, 2022

* Advocates are non-attorney representatives

 

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Telephone: 646.602.5600

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M-F: 9:00AM-6:00PM

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