Alejandra Morisi is currently Acting Deputy Director for KIND, and regularly a Supervising Attorney with the KIND Baltimore office. Since 2014, she has been providing direct legal representation services to unaccompanied children and their families in the Maryland area. She has been actively involved in the advocacy and education regarding unaccompanied children and their immigration relief. Alejandra has been a panelist and guest speaker at the Judicial College of Maryland; our local radio station, WYPR; and University of Maryland-Baltimore County among others. Prior to her position with KIND, she was a solo practitioner and a staff attorney with Catholic Charities of Baltimore. She is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University. Alejandra is a native Spanish speaker and a first generation immigrant from Chile.
Victoria joined KIND as a Supervising Attorney. Prior to joining KIND, Victoria worked as an immigration attorney at Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network (FIRN), a non-profit organization in Howard County, Maryland, where she focused her practice on representing individuals in applications for humanitarian relief, family-based petitions, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Victoria also previously worked in private practice in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she represented individuals in immigration and family law matters. Victoria spent her childhood in Russia and Israel, an experience that shaped her interest and commitment to advocating for immigrant children. Victoria is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, and obtained her B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park. Victoria is admitted to practice law in Maryland. She currently lives in Montgomery County with her husband and daughter.
Sarah Choi is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Illinois College of Law. She started her legal practice as in-house counsel at a Fortune 500 company in the Chicago area, providing legal counsel in the areas of ethics, compliance, and securities. Sarah returned to Maryland in 2015 and volunteered with KIND’s Baltimore office. Shortly after, she joined another nonprofit organization practicing immigration law, focusing on family and humanitarian work. Sarah is dedicated to advocating for the rights of immigrants, including volunteering with the Dulles Justice Coalition at Dulles Airport in the wake of the Muslim travel ban in early 2017. She joined KIND in 2018 and is fluent in Korean.
Amanda is passionate about her clients and community. Having worked with children in marginalized communities since law school, volunteering with the Juvenile Life Without Parole Resource Defense Center and being a certified legal intern with the Children & Families Legal Clinic in Florida, working with children and their families has been a constant in her legal career. Before joining KIND in November 2020, she was a skilled litigator, focusing her practice on Crimmigration, the intersection of criminal and immigration law. She also represented a variety of families with family-based petitions with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. For the past three years, she has been the Chair of the Immigration Section of her local bar association. A local native of Pennsylvania, Amanda enjoys spending quality time with her family, sewing, crafting and reading novels.
Leslie Espino is the daughter of two Guatemalan immigrants. She has two older sisters, and was born and raised in Nebraska. Leslie is a first-generation college graduate and received her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a Goodrich Scholar and a member of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. Prior to attending law school, Leslie interned at the U.S. Committee of Refugee and Immigrants, where she called upon unaccompanied minors to share their stories in order to find them pro bono counsel. She also spent time as a Bilingual Paralegal at Legal Aid of Nebraska where she assisted callers, located throughout the state, with civil legal matters and screened immigrants calling the Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline for legal assistance with their respective immigration matters. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law where she was actively involved in the Latinx Law Student Association as the Vice President and Immigration Law Society as the President. While in law school, she interned at Ayuda in Washington, D.C., Justice for Our Neighbors, in Omaha, Nebraska, (now Immigrant Legal Center) and at the Immigration Court in Omaha, Nebraska. In her free time she likes to hang out with her two nephews and two nieces, travel, and read. Leslie is barred to practice law in Maryland.
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Beth Simon joined KIND as a Staff Attorney in December 2020. Prior to joining KIND, Beth worked as a Staff Attorney at Ayuda serving adults and minors seeking immigration relief. Before that, Beth was a commercial litigator at law firms in New York and Houston where she maintained an active pro bono practice representing asylum seekers. Beth earned a BA with highest honors in Near Eastern Studies from The University of Chicago and a MA in Middle East Studies from New York University. She earned her JD from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2008.
Diana Saavedra grew up in Juarez, Mexico and migrated to the United States at the age of 9. She is a first generation college graduate and received her Bachelor’s and Masters of Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University. While in graduate school she interned at the Southwest Asylum and Migration Institute, and Catholic Charities- Diocese of Las Cruces. She graduated from Howard University School of Law in May 2018. During law school, she was the president of the Latinx association La Alianza, Vice President of the Immigration Law Society, and an active member of the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. As her role in the Immigration Law Society at Howard, she organized and lead an alternative spring break trip to Dilley, Texas to provide legal assistance to arriving immigrants. She was also the recipient of a scholarship from the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. in 2017. As an immigrant herself, she has a personal commitment to public interest and more specifically to give back to the immigrant community. Ms. Saavedra now resides in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two step-daughters.
Kala Fryman joined the KIND team as a Staff Attorney in August 2022. Prior to joining KIND, Kala served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable William V. Tucker in the Howard County Circuit Court. Kala also previously worked with KIND in a variety of capacities. She was an intern with the Baltimore office in 2020, a temporary paralegal with the Falls Church/DC field office in 2021, and a Legal Advocate at El Paso EIS in 2021. Kala graduated cum laude from Drexel University with a BA in International Area Studies and concentration in International Justice and Human Rights. Through her undergraduate program and semesters abroad in Russia and Jordan, Kala became passionate about migration, human rights and working with vulnerable populations. Kala then earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law. While in law school, she was actively involved in the Immigration Law Society as Vice President and practiced as a student attorney in the Legal Data and Design Clinic.
Jorge was born in Ensenada, Mexico, and grew up along the United States-Mexico border. After six years at San Diego City College, he transferred to University of California San Diego, where he majored in Latin American Studies. Following graduation from UCSD, Jorge was a case manager at the Montgomery County Maryland Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Program for five years. Jorge enjoys collecting vinyl records, playing soccer, and riding his bicycle.
Andrew Gorden supports the Legal Services Department at KIND. He graduated cum laude from Boston University with a degree in International Relations in 2018. Upon graduating, Andrew joined the Peace Corps where he served as a Spanish Primary Literacy Promoter in the Dominican Republic. In that role, he worked closely with parents, teachers, and students to strengthen childhood literacy programs. After he returned from the Peace Corps, Andrew interned with the International Rescue Committee's New York Resettlement Department. During this internship, Andrew supported a team of Caseworkers in the delivery of Post-Release Services to unaccompanied immigrant children. Prior to joining KIND in June 2022, Andrew was a Bilingual Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Case Supervisor with Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia Inc. As a Case Supervisor, Andrew led a diverse group of CASA volunteers assigned to cases of child abuse and neglect. In his free time, Andrew loves to play guitar, watch baseball, and take his puppy, Rango, on long walks in nature.
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Senior Social Services Coordinator
Virginia Moraleda is a Senior Social Services Coordinator at KIND’s Baltimore office. She is originally from Spain and also lived in Dublin, Ireland. She graduated from UNED with a B.A. in Social Work and also holds a M.A. in Applied Sociology: Social Problems from Complutense University of Madrid and a M.A. in Leadership and Management from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Ms. Moraleda has broad experience working with diverse populations, including sex workers, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, domestic abusers, and female prisoners. Prior to joining KIND, she worked as an Intercountry Case Manager with separated and unaccompanied minors at International Social Service-USA in Baltimore.
Senior Social Service Coordinator