Jennifer graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2006, where she was awarded the Clinical Legal Association Outstanding Student Award along with clinical honors. In 2007, she was awarded a two-year Equal Justice Works fellowship with Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services, Inc. to work on improving access to justice for New Mexican immigrants in deportation proceedings. She was also presented the 2009 Justice Pamela B. Minzer Outstanding Advocacy for Women award by the State Bar of New Mexico’s Committee on Women and the Legal Profession. Jenny has also taught immigration courses as an adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Law. She leads the planning and organizational development for NMILC.
As NMILC’s Legal Director, Eva supervises NMILC’s direct legal services program. Eva provides direct representation to immigrants before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, Immigration Court, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Eva’s practice focuses on humanitarian forms of immigration relief for crime victims, asylum seekers, and youth. Eva is currently the Secretary of the Immigration Law Section of the New Mexico Bar.
Before working at NMILC, Eva practiced immigration law at Catholic Charities in Houston, Texas, where she supervised the agency’s crime victim and pro bono attorney programs, provided direct immigration legal representation, and regularly provided training about relief available to immigrant crime victims. Eva obtained her law degree in 2003 magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was awarded the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Advocacy based on her clinical experience in asylum law. Eva received double undergraduate degrees in history and government and politics, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is a member of the bars of New Mexico, the District of Columbia, and Maryland.
Jessica Martin is a supervising attorney at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center. Jessica primarily represents immigrant children and their families who are at risk of deportation. She works closely with community partners to identify the legal needs of immigrant youth and presents regularly to raise awareness on immigration issues impacting youth in order to promote holistic advocacy for children.
Jessica graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2012 where she received the Margaret Keiper Dailey Award for Social Justice. She was admitted to the State Bar of New Mexico in 2012. Before entering law school, Jessica worked for many years as an immigrant advocate and B.I.A. Accredited Representative at Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc. in Tucson, AZ.
Before working in the legal field, Jessica backpacked across the South American continent, studied ceramics in Oaxaca, Mexico, and performed still photography for documentary films featuring the lives of immigrant day laborers and families separated by the U.S.-Mexican border. In her spare time, Jessica daydreams of travel and new adventures, and she spends time hiking in the Sandia Mountains.
Barbara is our Staff Attorney and the Managing Attorney for our Santa Fe office. Barbara collaborates with agencies including La Familia Medical Center and Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families to assist clients who are victims of domestic violence, victims of other violent crimes and children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Before joining NMILC, she worked as an immigration attorney with Reinhardt Law Firm in Albuquerque representing clients in family-based and humanitarian cases. Barbara is a 2012 cum laude graduate of the University of New Mexico Law School. Prior to law school, she worked as public radio and newspaper reporter. In the 1990’s, Barbara worked as a legal assistant for nonprofit legal agencies assisting detained Central American asylum seekers in Harlingen and El Paso, Texas.
Rebecca earned her J.D. at the University of Pittsburgh and her B.A. at the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining NMILC, she worked with labor unions as an advocate and organizer for workers’ rights. She lives in Albuquerque with her husband and two young children.
Linda is a staff attorney at New Mexico Immigrant Law Center where she specializes in providing immigration law services to domestic violence survivors and victims of violent crimes. Prior to working at NMILC, Linda was a staff attorney at Enlace Comunitario, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating domestic violence in the Latino community, where she represented survivors in complex family court proceedings. Linda attended the University of New Mexico School of Law (2014), and received the Thomas West Group Award for Domestic Relations Law. She was admitted to the State Bar of New Mexico in 2014. Linda worked as a bilingual educator prior to attending law school.
Communications & Design Coordinator
Collin graduated from the University of New Mexico. He has worked in various capacities for NMILC since the organization was first founded. He currently provides branding, design and strategic communications support. He is the proud father of two children, as well as a musician and artist.
Equal Justice Works Fellow
Adriel D. Orozco is a 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He grew up in Albuquerque and attended Brandeis University where he studied Political Science and Economics. After graduating, Adriel worked as a paralegal at a small law firm in Boston, MA, focusing on immigration, personal injury and criminal law. He attended the University of New Mexico School of Law and graduated in May 2016. Adriel’s Equal Justice Works project is aimed at increasing legal services for immigrants across New Mexico. Adriel is particularly interested in the intersection of immigration and employment/labor laws and in finding ways to build sustainable economies that produce just and fair workplaces for everyone, including immigrants.
Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow
Rebekah Wolf graduated from UC Hastings college of the law with a concentration in international and comparative law and has a BA in history from New York University. Before attending law school, she was the executive director of an international human rights organization in the Middle East, and has worked as a high school teacher. She is particularly focused on asylum and refugee law, and is fluent in Arabic.
Lizdebeth is a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative with NMILC. Liz earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of New Mexico. Liz plans to attend law school in the near future to become an immigration attorney and continue serving the immigrant communities in New Mexico.
Alejandro conducts outreach and direct legal services at several schools in Albuquerque. Alejandro graduated from the University of New Mexico in May of 2014 with his Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Spanish and plans to apply to law school. Prior to his work at NMILC, Alejandro worked in the investment bank industry.
Legal Assistant | Law Office Operations Manager
Anna earned her B.A. in Geography from Macalester College and has a background in qualitative research and cartography. She worked at the Catholic Charities of Central New Mexico VAWA Immigration Project before coming to NMILC. In her spare time she enjoys making Middle Eastern pastries and training in circus arts.
Legal Assistant | Immigrant Advocate
Kate is originally from Boston, MA and earned her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University with specializations in Geographic Information Science and International Development. Before coming to NMILC, she spent three years working in management for a scholarship non-profit in Washington DC. In her free time she loves running or hiking or doing anything outdoors.
Zoe graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Political Science and Arabic and a concentration in Human Rights and Humanitarianism. She has previously worked with the Advocates for Human Rights and the American Red Cross in Minneapolis, MN and the Red Crescent in Amman, Jordan. In her free time, Zoe loves biking, building things out of cardboard, and performing improv comedy.
Public Ally | Technology, Development, and Volunteer Coordinator
Steffi graduated from Dartmouth College, where she double majored in Philosophy and Computer Science. She worked as a software engineer at Facebook and volunteered at a legal services nonprofit in San Francisco until she was inspired to leave the tech world and enter legal aid full-time. She enjoys running, cooking, and being outside.
Vianey is currently attending UNM, majoring in Spanish with a double minor in Management and Chicana/o Studies and plans to pursue an MBA. Before joining NMILC she worked for the NM Attorney General’s Keep Your Home New Mexico Program for three years. She is very connected to the immigrant community because as an immigrant she believes in advocating for immigrant rights and their well-being. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to new places in New Mexico.
UNM Work Study Student | Receptionist
Jairo is a sophomore at UNM majoring in Nutrition & Dietetics and minoring in Psychology. He is the first in his family to attend higher education and has goals of attending Medical school and becoming an orthopedic surgeon. He grew up in California for most of his life but moved to Albuquerque and still has not gotten used to the taste of green chili.