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.
Kathrine is an experienced immigration paralegal, having worked for a private immigration attorney for seven years prior to joining KIND. She is dedicated to serving the immigrant community and has been involved in the immigrant rights community for over ten years. Kathrine has served on the Steering Committees for Georgia Detention Watch and Detention Watch Network. Kathrine helped to start El Refugio, a first-of-its-kind hospitality house outside of the Stewart Detention Center, and is on the Board of Directors of El Refugio. Kathrine graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Arts, Honors degree in International Studies. While at Gonzaga, Kathrine studied in El Salvador through the Casa de Solidaridad program, which was a formative experience that led to her life’s calling. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and son.
Alexandra De La Rosa
Bio coming soon
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.
Stephanie Robinson is an immigration and refugee lawyer and former State Department Foreign Affairs Officer. She has represented immigrants and refugees in private practice, as a Staff Attorney at Human Rights First, and Interim Staff Attorney at KIND. She was a legal consultant for UNHCR in Argentina and Uganda where she supported government efforts to increase efficiency in refugee reception and compliance with international law. Stephanie served in the U.S. Department of State’s bureaus of Consular and Western Hemisphere Affairs for over 10 years and, in that capacity, facilitated the return of numerous children abducted to Mexico and Central America, developed the Office of Caribbean Affairs’ first gender and human rights portfolio, conducted training and capacity building for Caribbean government officials and served as the Haiti Desk Officer during the 2010 earthquake. Stephanie is the recipient of four Meritorious Honor Awards and is a graduate of Brown University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
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.