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.
Maria supports the Atlanta KIND Detained Program as a Senior Attorney. She joined the KIND team in November of 2020. She began her legal career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. In law school Maria was active in the Immigration Legal Clinic. Maria is a passionate advocate for children and immigrant rights. She is fluent in Spanish.
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.
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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.
Cruz supports the KIND Detained Program as a Staff Attorney at the Atlanta Field Office. He joined the KIND team in January of 2022. Prior to joining KIND, he graduated from the College of Law at Georgia State University where he was a Student Attorney at the Immigration Clinic. During his time in the Immigration Clinic, Cruz helped represent immigrant clients and advance their cases for relief. As a child of Mexican immigrants, he has long been personally invested in the immigrant experience and pursued a career as an immigration attorney to help the immigrant community thrive in this country. He is fluent in Spanish.
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Kevin Jackson is a Staff Attorney 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.
Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow
Kennedy Weathers joined KIND as an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow in August 2022. Kennedy graduated from the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law in May 2022. During law school, she completed internships with the Southern Poverty Law Center in the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, and Maxwell Street Legal Clinic. In these positions she assisted refugees, those seeking asylum, victims of trafficking, and those applying for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Kennedy holds a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from Spelman College.
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.
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.
Idalia Garcia is a paralegal at KIND’s Atlanta field office. She graduated from Georgia State University with a BA in Political Science. Prior to joining KIND, Idalia held the position of Case Support Specialist for the Safe Passages program in the Refugee Resettlement department at Catholic Charities Atlanta. Idalia performed Post-Release Services with unaccompanied children. Responsibilities included providing referrals, assistance with TVAP cases, interpretation, client communication, documentation, client support, and assisting clients in obtaining appropriate legal representation for immigration proceedings by providing referrals and following up with Immigration Legal Services staff members.
Willian Prado is an Immigration Paralegal at KIND. He graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Sociology. During his undergraduate career, he interned with the refugee department, he developed a keen interest in working with immigrants, and heightened his desire to work with the immigration legal department as an intern and volunteer at Catholic Charities of Atlanta. His career as a paralegal began in 2018 with Catholic Charities of Atlanta immigration department. He assisted the attorneys with family-based cases, permanent residency, consular process, I-601/I601A waivers, U visas and citizenship part of the New American Campaign (NAC) program, and the LOPC individual and group presentation. He was responsible for various administrative duties. He is passionate about helping our clients navigate the complicated immigration system. He is from Brazil, speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Guadalupe Soberanis supports the detained team at the Legal Services Department in Atlanta, Georgia. Guadalupe's professional career has included serving as a Paralegal with the Immigration Legal Services Departments at Catholic Charities of Atlanta and Bensman Law Office. Under Jennifer Bensman's guidance and training, Guadalupe has developed an extensive amount of work experience pertaining to immigration cases such as, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Asylum, Family Petitions, T-Visas, U-Visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Citizenship, DACA, and Removal Defense. Guadalupe developed an interest in working with unaccompanied minor children and hopes to continue helping those in need. In the future, Guadalupe Soberanis hopes to continue her education and obtain a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice focusing on legal and correctional systems, multicultural issues, and victim services.
Cindy Garcia was born in Texas and is a first-generation American. She obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and has dedicated her career to serving others previously working for the State of Georgia and State of Texas in the Department of Health and Human Services, and an immigration paralegal for the last four years. She is a certified English/Spanish translator. As a previous military family, she’s met people from all over the world and all walks of life. Her passion is to make a positive difference for someone, with empathy and compassion. Cindy’s goal as a paralegal is to assist in keeping families united. In her free time, she likes to read books and travel.
Xochitl Gomora is currently acting as an Interim Paralegal as a part of the Detained Team in the Atlanta Office, recently joining KIND in June of 2021. She graduated summa cum lade from Georgia State University with her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and found her passion for immigration law during the summer of her Junior year of college. Before coming to KIND, she interned and worked at the Latin American Association here in Atlanta helping the immigrant community file Naturalization and DACA applications. She believes everyone has the right to live in this world safe and sound, while pursuing anything they want in life. She plans to pursue a JD in the future, hoping to advocate and continue to help the growing Atlanta immigrant community.
Social Services Supervisor
Natalie Segovia is a Social Services Supervisor with KIND. 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.
Senior 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.
Social Services Coordinator
Paola Padron joined the KIND team in August 2021 and she supports the social services department. Paola received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and completed her internship at Johns Hopkins All Childrens Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL in the Intensive Care Unit gaining extensive experience with trauma response. She then served as the Child Abuse Coordinator for All Children’s Hospital and overlooked all the non accidental traumas of the hospital. Helping people in vulnerable situations has always been a passion for Paola, so she could not have chosen a better field. In addition to her social work background, she also has 3 years experience as a paralegal for immigration law. Throughout her life Paola has been a proud advocate for immigrant and equal rights.