Christina Iturralde Thomas
Christina is the Managing Attorney at the recently launched Atlanta Field Office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). KIND’s staff and its pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools nationwide represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings. KIND’s mission is to ensure that no child stands in court alone. Prior to joining KIND, Christina worked at the Latin American Association as a Staff Attorney representing unaccompanied minors. She also worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project and LatinoJustice PRLDEF (formerly the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund), defending the rights of immigrants in the United States through impact litigation. Christina is a graduate of University of California, Hastings College of Law and has a Master’s in Political Science from the University of Florida. She is admitted to practice law in Georgia and New York.
Social Services Coordinator
Roy has an extensive experience working with children and families. Roy worked for almost eight years for the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, where his work positions included; Medicaid and food stamps case manager, Investigations case manager and Foster Care case manager. It was here where he developed his knowledge about case management and how to coordinate services for children as well as their parents. He then worked for the Georgia Migrant Education program for three years, where he traveled throughout most of north Georgia counties to coordinate educational services for migrant children with different school districts and providers. Roy obtained his Bachelors in social work from Dalton State College where he also served as the president of the social work club, then obtained his Master’s degree from Valdosta State University.
Alexandra De La Rosa
Alexandra is originally from North Carolina but spent her formative years in Dominican Republic. She attended Georgia State University in Atlanta where she holds a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Political Science. After graduating, she worked with several nonprofit organizations primarily serving children and families. As the daughter of immigrants, Alexandra has first-hand knowledge of the hardships and challenges faced by individuals that come to this country to build better lives for themselves and their children. It is because of her family’s history and years of professional experience working with marginalized communities, that she is inspired to work with the immigrant and refugee communities and be an advocate for social justice and inequality.
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Kevin Jackson is a Powell Fellow in Legal Services, supporting immigrant children in Georgia’s foster care system. Kevin graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2020. During school, he volunteered or completed internships with Ayuda, Church World Services, and the Legal Aid Justice Center, assisting refugees, asylum seekers, trafficked individuals, and applicants for Special Immigrant Juvenile status. Before law school, he spent two years as a teacher at an international school in China. Kevin holds a B.A. in history from Ouachita Baptist University.
Sarah Katz is delighted to join the KIND Atlanta office as a Senior Attorney. Sarah has worked for many years as an immigrant advocate, beginning as a paralegal with Ayuda Legal Aid in 1999, when she assisted hundreds of Central American clients gain permanent residency through the NACARA program. Most recently, Sarah served as an interim staff attorney with the KIND DC-VA office where she mentored pro bono attorneys to prepare asylum applications and custody petitions for unaccompanied immigrant children. Sarah lives in Decatur, GA with her husband and their three sons. She enjoys yoga, biking, and walks with friends.
Fatemeh is a Staff Attorney at the KIND Atlanta Field Office. She has provided direct legal representation for immigrants and asylum seekers since 2012, when she began working for a small immigration firm in Maryland. Since 2014, Fatemeh has specialized in federal immigration litigation with a special focus on asylum issues impacting women. She has written briefs for cases before the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh circuits and has had her briefs orally argued in four different circuits in 2019 alone (including a successful appeal before the Ninth Circuit). She was drawn to KIND’s mission to help unaccompanied minors specifically. Fatemeh graduated with her Juris Doctorate degree from The George Washington University Law School. She is fluent in Farsi.
Maria M. Rodriguez
Maria is excited to be Staff Attorney at KIND – Atlanta. Maria is a human rights advocate with a particular passion for immigrants’ rights. Her greatest achievement in the area of immigration is her successful representation of a political asylum applicant through the University of Connecticut Asylum and Human Rights Clinic. Maria earned her law degree and Certificate in Human Rights from the University of Connecticut School of Law where she was a University of Connecticut Scholar and an ABA Legal Opportunity Scholar. She was a member of the Connecticut Journal of International Law and a New York City Bar Association Student Ambassador. During law school Maria interned with Milagros Immigration in Hartford, CT, the Office of Pro Se Litigation for the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, and Mariscal Abogados in Spain. Prior to law school, Maria volunteered as a translator for immigrant farm workers, assisted immigrants prepare for the U.S. naturalization test, and advocated for tenant rights in the immigrant community in Queens, NY. Maria attended St. John’s University in New York where she holds a B.A. in sociology with a minor in philosophy.
Social Services Coordinator-Detained Program
Natalie Segovia is KIND's Atlanta Social Services Coordinator - Detained Program. Prior to joining KIND, she provided forensic interviews and family advocacy at a child advocacy center. She brings to this position over 8 years of experience working with and serving different populations in a variety of settings. Natalie is eligible for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She brings clinical and advocacy experience and hopes to continue empowering and working alongside clients. She graduated from Mercer University in 2016 with her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling where she was a member of Chi Sigma Iota – the Counseling Academic & Professional International Honor Society. Natalie currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
Rachel Stich is a dedicated advocate for the rights of children. While studying at Michigan State University, Rachel worked as an English educator, community developer and youth outreach worker for the Lansing Refugee Development Center. Rachel spent a year immersed in the customs and culture of Guatemala City, Guatemala where her passion grew. Before joining the KIND team, she worked as the Lead Intake Coordinator for Bethany Christian Services where she found safe and loving homes for unaccompanied youth in search of their families.