Our Staff

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.

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.

Adriel Orozco

Associate Director
Adriel D. Orozco 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.

Jazmín Coronel

Corinne Wolfe Fellow for Transformative Advocacy
Jazmín is a Corinne Wolfe Fellow for Transformative Advocacy, sponsored by the University of New Mexico School of Law. She was born in Sinaloa, Mexico and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. Jazmín received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in finance and honors interdisciplinary studies from the UNM Anderson School of Management. Thanks to the Obama era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, she graduated from the UNM School of Law in May 2017 and was admitted to the NM State Bar in December 2017. Jazmín ‘s fellowship project focuses on economic development for immigrant families and children across New Mexico through policy advocacy, community education, and direct legal advocacy projects.

Vanessa Gonzalez

Equal Justice Works Paralegal Fellow|DOJ Accredited Representative

Vanessa Gonzalez is one of our Equal Justice Works Paralegal Fellows 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.

Vianey Veleta-Arambula

Business Manager
Vianey graduated cum laude from UNM in the summer of 2017, with a B.A. in Spanish with a concentration in Chicanx Studies and a minor in Management. She looks forward to returning to UNM in two years to pursue an M.B.A. Once she obtains her M.B.A. and has enough experience administering a business she will look into opening her own business and employing members of the community. Before joining NMILC she worked for the NM Attorney General’s Keep Your Home New Mexico Program for three years. Vianey is very connected to the immigrant community because as an immigrant she believes in advocating for immigrant rights, social justice and the community’s well-being. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to new places in New Mexico (first) and then exploring other states.

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 duel-credit program throughout 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 where he is studying Marketing and Psychology as a DACA student. After graduation, Luis plans to pursue his Masters of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees.

Emma Race

AmeriCorps Public Ally

Originally from Boston, MA, Emma began working at NMILC in September 2018. She received her B.A. from Connecticut College in English and Latin American & Latino Studies. In Connecticut, she worked with a coalition of community organizations to start an immigration storytelling workshop series. She is excited to learn more about the legal side of the immigration issue during her time at the NMILC. Her fellowship focuses on non-profit capacity building, so she will be improving the efficiency of the pro bono attorney outreach network for cases involving Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, as well as helping out wherever necessary. She is looking forward to exploring New Mexico and getting to know the southwest.

John Jabez S. Ledres

Equal Justice Works Paralegal Fellow

A native of Cebu City, Philippines, Jabez immigrated to the United States at the age of 16. The first in his family to attain a college degree in America; Jabez graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Pre-Occupational Therapy and a Minor in Psychology. As an immigrant, he has spent most of his time in the country living in different minority-majority contexts. Because of his intersectional experiences with communities of color, he has grown an interest in public sector law and advocacy particularly in immigration and civil rights justice. Jabez has led advocacy and cross-cultural training efforts with the Christian Community Development Association, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and New Creation Albuquerque. He has also partnered with immigrants and refugees from all over the world alongside Denver-based non-profits in Project Worthmore and Lutheran Family Services as well as non-profits in Albuquerque including East Central Ministries and Catholic Charities. At the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, Jabez is focused on expanding the reach of the organization’s citizenship and naturalization services through the Cities for Citizenship initiative. By partnering with the City of Albuquerque and other local organizations, Jabez hopes to assist legal permanent residents of all nationalities from the citizenship screening and application process all the way to congratulating them at the naturalization ceremony.

Arifa Raza

Sepervising Attorney

Arifa Raza joined NMILC in October 2018. She graduated from UCLA Law with a specialization in international and comparative law. While in law school she interned at various immigration non-profits and was a judicial extern at the Los Angeles Immigration Court. She was also the Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Chicanx Latinx Law Review. She has a BA from UCLA and recently completed a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Riverside. She previously worked at the Central American Resource Center in LA as the supervising attorney for the Unaccompanied Children’s unit. Arifa is very excited for the opportunity to practice immigration law in New Mexico.

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 the 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!

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.

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.

Martha Laura Garcia

Equal Justice Works Attorney Fellow

Martha Laura Garcia (Laura) is an Equal Justice Works Attorney Fellow 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 career on empowering immigrant communities through both direct representation and community organizing.

Deshawnda Chaparro

Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow
Deshawnda Chaparro is our Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow for 2018-2020. She grew up in Greeley, Colorado and attended Aims Community College until moving to Lehigh Acres, Florida to study political science and Latin American studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. During this time, she was involved in community organizing where she helped campaign for tuition equity and driver’s licenses for Florida’s immigrant population while also organizing citizenship and DACA clinics. After graduating, Deshawnda worked as a paralegal at a firm in Naples, FL that focused on foreclosure law. She attended the University of New Mexico School of Law and became an attorney in April 2018. Deshawnda’s fellowship is aimed at increasing access to legal resources for victims of human trafficking, including prescreening for immigration relief, direct representation, and education.

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 an 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 their Dreamers Series. 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. She is passionate about social justice and social change for the immigrant community.

Diana Torres

Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow

Diana Torres-Valverde is one of two Crime Victims Justice Fellows at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center. She graduated cum laude from Amherst College with a double major in Latin American History and Black Studies. Her study of Latin American revolutions and black people’s struggle for equal rights in the United States and throughout the world instilled within her a commitment to social justice work. This led her to work as a community organizer in an immigrant community in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  During that time she fought alongside immigrant women to fund adult education classes, defend undocumented immigrants right to driver’s licenses, and maintain college scholarships for New Mexico high school graduates. Her community organizing background inspired her work in immigration policy at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC and it inspires her work now as a soon to be attorney at the NMILC.

Christy Sobolik

Engagement Coordinator

Christy joined NMILC in May 2018.  Born and raised in Albuquerque, Christy loves New Mexico and is committed to working towards human rights and social justice in her home state.  She completed an MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies at American University in 2014, and prior to joining NMILC, worked with Spanish-speaking immigrant communities in Albuquerque at East Central Ministries.  Christy enjoys working in her garden, crossword puzzles, and geeking about Lord of the Rings.

Eduardo García

Equal Justice Works Fellow

Eduardo García is an Equal Justice Attorney Fellow for 2018-2020. He is a native of the El Paso, Texas-Juárez, México borderland. He received his B.A. in history in 2007 and M.A. in history in 2010, both from the University of Texas at El Paso. Eduardo graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2018. Before becoming an attorney, he was involved in community activism, organizing and taught courses in U.S. and world history, and Chicano Studies as adjunct faculty at the El Paso Community College, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the Central New Mexico Community College. During law school, Eduardo was a judicial clerk at the Pueblo of Isleta Appellate Court and legal intern at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center. Also, Eduardo was the recipient of the Peggy Browning Labor Law Fellowship hosted by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty working in the Labor and Workers’ Rights Division. Currently, he serves as the director and faculty for the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at the UNM School of Law.

Emma Kahn

AmeriCorps Public Ally

Emma Kahn is a 2018-2019 Public Ally who recently moved to Albuquerque from the Boston area. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Tufts University, where she was part of a student-administrative coalition working to recruit, admit and support undocumented undergraduate students. Energized by her belief that migration is a human right, Emma is thrilled to be expanding NMILC’s asylum advocacy and legal assistance capacities this year.

Melissa Gutierrez Lopez

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Volutneer | Legal Assistant

Melissa is the 2018-2019 Jesuit Volunteer. She is originally from Escondido in Southern California. She attended the University of Notre Dame and recently graduated with a degree in American Studies and a minor in Latino Studies. She has experience working with immigrant communities during her summers in Chicago, IL and Camden, NJ, which lead her to work at NMILC. Melissa is excited to learn as much as she can about the immigration system and discern how to utilize her skills to help her community. Melissa enjoys spending her spare time in the company of her friends, and also likes to journal and explore New Mexico’s outdoors.