Alexandra Peredo Carroll
A 2006 graduate of Suffolk University Law School, Alexandra has been practicing immigration law since 2009. From 2009-2011 she worked as an associate at an immigration firm in San Juan, Puerto Rico, handling mostly removal defense and family-based cases while managing the litigation side of the firm. Alex opened a solo immigration practice in Boston in 2011 and her practice slowly evolved to focus on the representation of children in removal proceedings. Prior to her career in immigration law, Alex was a staff attorney at Massachusetts Advocates for Children representing parents of children with special education needs. Alex is an active member of AILA and the Boston Bar Association. While in law school, Alex was president of the Latin American Law Students Association.
Liz Ahmadi graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she studied political science and art history. She obtained her juris doctor from New England Law Boston. While in law school, Liz interned with De Novo where she worked with clients to prepare U visa and VAWA applications. After graduating, Liz began her career at Ascentria Care Alliance where she most recently served as Managing Attorney. In that role, Liz represented asylum seekers, survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, and unaccompanied minors. As Senior Attorney, Liz provides direct representation to unaccompanied children and mentorship to pro bono attorneys. Outside of practicing law, Liz teaches yoga and serves on the board of directors of the non-profit African Community Education.
Senior Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney
Prior to joining KIND, Jessica was a senior associate at Cooley LLP, specializing in employment law and commercial litigation. While at Cooley, Jessica was an active member of its pro bono committee and a 2011 Cooley Pro Bono Achievement Award recipient. She has represented low-income clients in child custody, child support, and tax matters and assisted in appealing an immigrant’s Convention Against Torture claim to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jessica has been volunteering as a pro bono attorney for KIND since 2011 and is so excited to share this amazing experience with other attorneys as a Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney. Jessica is a graduate of Scripps College and American University, Washington College of Law.
Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney
Prior to joining KIND, Paola was a Staff Attorney at Northeast Justice Center, where she provided legal representation to non-citizen survivors of domestic violence. Previously, Paola worked for four years as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow and a Staff Attorney for KIND, where she provided legal representation to minors in immigration removal proceedings. Before moving to the United States, Paola worked for a law firm in Argentina as an insurance defense litigation attorney. Paola is a graduate of the LL.M. program at Northeastern University School of Law and earned her first law degree from the University of Buenos Aires School of Law in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Ashley M. Barkoudah
Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney
Before joining KIND as a Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, Ashley was in private practice for over 10 years practicing exclusively in the area of immigration law. Her practice focused on asylum, family-based immigration, removal defense, and appellate work to the Board of Immigration Appeals and First Circuit Court of Appeals. Ashley has been an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for many years, previously serving as liaison for over five years to the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and congressional relations. Recently, Ashley authored a chapter of the Massachusetts Continuing Education Manual on immigration appeals, and co-authored a chapter on removal proceedings before EOIR. Ashley is also an adjunct professor of Legal Research and Writing at New England School of Law, where she obtained her JD in 2008. During law school, Ashley completed two UN internships abroad with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Phnom Penh. Ashley graduated summa cum laude with a degree in history from the University of Memphis.
Social Services Coordinator
Karen Mejia has over seven years of experience working with immigrant youth and unaccompanied minors. For the last five years, she has worked for Massachusetts General Hospital’s Chelsea Campus as the unaccompanied minors case worker supporting UCs and their families with a wide range of services including basic medical care, mental health assessment and referrals, school access advocacy, truancy diversion, and parenting classes. She was awarded the Ernesto Gonzalez Award for her excellence and dedication to vulnerable patient populations at MGH. Karen also provided cultural sensitivity training to doctors and residents as well as initial training for first year medical residents at the start of their placement. She was also the designated complex population health worker working under a Chelsea Police grant conducting home visits along with the FBI Gang Unit providing support to families involved in high-profile gang violence cases. Prior to her work at MGH, Karen worked as OB/GYN case manager for the past two years, she has been a certified facilitator for the Parent Leadership Institute in various Massachusetts cities training immigrant parents and parents of UCs to advocate at the local and state levels. In a personal capacity, Karen volunteers with Agencia ALPHA as a citizenship coach volunteer, and as a youth leader in her faith community. Being an immigrant from Central America with life experiences similar to our clients, Karen is very well-known as an immigrant issues advocate, supporter, and social services professional. Karen is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Human Services and plans to continue onto an MSW program thereafter.
Carla Guerrero serves as the Program Assistant in KIND’s Boston Office. She graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with honors where she obtained a BA in Criminal Justice: Crime Control & Prevention and a minor in human services. Prior to working with KIND, Carla was part of the Special Victims Bureau at the New York County District Attorney’s Office. While obtaining her degree, Carla worked with the youth at Good Shepherd’s Services as a Group Leader and Assistant Site Coordinator.
Adam joined KIND in 2019 as a Paralegal. He graduated from Indiana University - Bloomington in 2017 with degrees in History, Spanish, and Art History, where he completed a thesis on trans artist Martine Gutierrez and the importance of queer Latinx voices in the evolution of intersectional feminism. Adam began work with Boston’s immigrant communities in 2017 through Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition’s (MIRA Coalition) New American Integration Program (NAIP), an AmeriCorps program focused on working with immigrants and refugees in Massachusetts to empower them toward finding jobs and pathways to citizenship. During his time with NAIP, Adam assisted folks with applications for citizenship and taught a civics course to prepare applicants for the citizenship exam at Action for Boston Community Development, a local antipoverty agency. Adam continued his work with working-class immigrants during a year of service through the program AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts, where he assisted clients with family-based petitions and humanitarian-based immigration relief at Catholic Charities of Boston’s Immigration Legal Services program. Adam’s passion for immigrant rights has been rooted in his belief in addressing systemic social, political and economic inequalities through the direct empowerment of vulnerable communities, especially youth, women, queer and trans communities and people of color.