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.
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
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.
Grant/ Finance Administrator
Carla Nieto earned her BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of New, and plans to sit for a section of the CPA in the summer. She will begin her Masters of Accounting (MACCT) in the fall. Before working for NMILC she worked at Center of Southwest Culture, a non-profit organization where she helped develop efforts for small cultural tourism business in rural communities. Carla currently is the Financial Advisor for the Center of Southwest Culture.
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.
Nathaniel Lukas Redekopp
Lukas earned his M.A. from UNM in the field of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies and also certificates in mediation and negation/conflict resolution from UNM Continuing Ed. He brings an interdisciplinary background to human rights work, having taught university level classes in the U.S. and abroad, including classes on social justice topics, and having completed an internship in equal opportunity/civil rights work. Additionally, Lukas is a public speaker and trainer on diversity and civil rights awareness, serving as a guest lecturer and trainer on several campuses in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. In his spare time, Lukas teaches guided Service Dog and Therapy Dog training, working in relationship with individuals with disabilities towards more options for independence and personal empowerment.
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.
Sarai is currently in her last year at the University of New Mexico pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish where she then plans to attend law school. She was previously working with the human resources department at the University of New Mexico before joining NMILC. Her hobbies include photography and videography and spending time at her church, Casa Del Rey.