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Jennifer Landau

Executive Director
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.

Eva Eitzen

Legal Director
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

Supervising Attorney
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

Jasmine McGee

Supervising Attorney
Jasmine joined NMILC in April 2017.  She is a 2011 cum laude graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law. Upon graduation, she worked as an immigration attorney in Illinois at the Immigration Project, specializing in family based immigration and providing services across 86 counties. She became the Executive Director of this organization in 2014, and left in March 2017. Prior to law school, Jasmine worked for five years at a Native American non-profit based in New Mexico. She has a M.Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and a B.A. in Playwriting and Philosophy from New York University. She is currently writing an awesome paranormal romance trilogy!

Rebecca Leibowitz

Staff Attorney
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 Wilson

Staff Attorney
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.

Martha Laura Garcia

Equal Justice Works Attorney Fellow
Martha Laura Garcia (Laura) is an Equal Justice Works Fellow Attorney for 2017-2018. She was born in Mexico and grew up in a couple different countries. She attended Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus where she studied Political Science and International Relations. After graduation she spent time on the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana and later worked as an Education Outreach Intern at YES! Magazine. She attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law. During her time in Chicago she worked with various immigrant rights organizations. She plans to focus her careering on empowering immigrant communities through both direct representation and community organizing.

Collin Troy

Communications and 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.

Adriel Orozco

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.

Rebekah Wolf

Equal Justice Works Attorney 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.

Alejandro Macias

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Paralegal
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.

Anna Nassiff

DOJ Accredited Representative | 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.

Zoe Bowman

AmeriCorps Public Ally
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.

Steffi Ostrowski

Operations Director
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 Veleta-Arambula

Finance and Grants Assistant
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.

Luis Leyva

Communications Fellow
Luis was born in Sonora, Mexico and moved to Ruidoso, New Mexico when he was eight. Being an undocumented student Luis took advantage of the dual-credit program through out high school and graduated with his Associates Degree in General Studies from Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso. Luis is currently a third year student at the University of New Mexico studying Marketing and Psychology as a DACA student. After graduation, Luis plans to pursue his Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degree.

Hali Calzadillas Andujo

Equal Justice Works Paralegal Fellow
Hali Calzadillas Andujo is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, but has lived in the United States since the age of 9. Hali is a beneficiary of the DACA program.  She grew up in Santa Fe  and graduated from The MASTERS Program Early College Charter High School. Hali attended New Mexico Highlands University and received a Bachelor of arts this past May in University Studies with 3 areas of concentration: Social work, Spanish and social sciences. During college, Hali worked at the Santa Fe Mountain Center as and outreach worker emphasizing the importance of mental health in the undocumented population and creating paths of access. She volunteers at the Santa Fe Dreamers Project events as a translator and participated in the Dreamer Series with them. She is on the board of MANA Del Norte, a scholarship committee dedicated to helping women in Northern New Mexico pursue their path in education. Hali plans to pursue a career in immigration law to serve the immigrant community in New Mexico.  Hali is passionate about social justice and social change for the immigrant community.

Vanessa Gonzales

Equal Justice Works Paralegal Fellow 
Vanessa Gonzalez is one of our Equal Justice Works Fellow Paralegal for 2017-2019. She grew up in Taos, NM and attended Pitzer College where she earned a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Chicanx/Latinx Studies. Vanessa was involved with many legal non-profits in the Los Angeles area, including Pomona Economic Center, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Immigrant Defenders Law Center, Central American Resource Center, and several others. Vanessa will continue to serve the immigrant community by expanding services to rural communities in New Mexico and working within immigration detention centers. She will attend law school after completing her fellowship with the goal of concentrating on immigration and civil rights law.

Heriberto Godina

Jesuit Volunteer/Legal Assistant
Heriberto “Eddie” Godina grew up in Chicago and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin majoring in Criminology & Law Studies and double minoring in History and Political Science. During his time at Marquette, Eddie volunteered at the Milwaukee Justice Center, an organization connecting low-income families with legal resources in Milwaukee County and interned at Catholic Charities Legal Services for Immigrants in Milwaukee. In his free time, Eddie loves to explore new things, cooking, joking around, and loves a Star Wars movie once in a while.