Katie Annand is the Managing Attorney for the San Francisco Field Office, and she also runs KIND’s satellite Fresno office. She joined KIND in February 2016 to open both the San Francisco and Fresno offices. Prior to joining KIND, Katie ran a successful solo practice specializing in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), a form of legal relief for undocumented children abused, abandoned or neglected by one or both parents. Katie served over one hundred children in her solo practice. Katie also worked as a volunteer and staff attorney with the Immigration Center for Women and Children, where she represented clients seeking SIJS and U Nonimmigrant Status, and as an associate with Reed Smith, LLP in the commercial litigation and financial services groups. Katie is a graduate of University of California, Hastings College of Law, and of Wesleyan University, where she majored in anthropology and received a certificate in international relations. Katie is licensed to practice in the state of California.
Katherine Krassilnikoff is a Supervising Attorney at the San Francisco office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). Katherine joined KIND in April 2016. Prior to joining KIND, Katherine worked as an immigration attorney providing direct representation at a Bay Area non-profit organization. Katherine’s caseload included asylum, U Visa, VAWA, DACA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, humanitarian parole, provisional waivers, naturalization, consular processing and family-based visas. Katherine received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law where she earned a Social Justice and Public Interest Certificate. Katherine is licensed to practice in the state of California.
Ana Moraga Archila
Ana Moraga Archila brings direct services, teaching and entrepreneurial experience to her position at KIND. Prior to KIND, Ana was at Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project where she provided legal representation to unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings and detained adults found mentally incompetent to stand trial. In addition, Ana led group and individual trainings for detainees at Adelanto Detention Center for the Legal Orientation Program. Ana’s interest in the law was awakened through her experience as co-founder of the organization MuJER- Mujeres por la Justicia, Educación y el Reconocimiento (Women for Justice Education and Awareness). Ana served as MuJER’s Executive Director for five years. She developed spaces of personal and political empowerment with Central American women sex workers and advocated for policies to end violence against women in Guatemala. Ana’s work with MuJER was recognized by the White House in 2012; she was honored as a Champion of Change for her contributions in the development of the Americas. Ana has led workshops and spoken worldwide on non-violence against women, sex work, sexual health and reproductive rights, and women’s rights. Ana joins KIND as a member of the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative. Ana’s work is driven by her experience as an immigrant in the US and sustained by the love of her partner and family, in addition to her practice in the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. Ana received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and is a member of the California State Bar.
Carol Bisharat is KIND’s Senior Attorney for unaccompanied minors in San Francisco. She brings a breadth of experience to her job, having worked as a deputy public defender and later as a solo practitioner focused on juvenile defense, immigration and appellate work. What began as the focus of a master’s thesis at the University of Alcala de Henares, Spain, — the plight of unaccompanied migrant children– led her to serve on a delegation to Guatemala in 2014 investigating the condition of children, and subsequently to work at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and now KIND as part of a San Francisco grant to provide access to counsel for unaccompanied children and their families. Carol practices in a variety of venues, primarily pursuing asylum and SIJS for her clients. She also provides pro bono mentorship for KIND’s San Francisco cases. Carol is fluent in Spanish and loves to travel.
Alvaro is a former California ChangeLawyers Legal Fellow and a Staff Attorney in KIND’s Fresno office. As a Staff Attorney, Alvaro provides pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children, many of whom have been victims of persecution and violence in their home country. Alvaro first discovered his passion for social justice work while pursuing his Bachelor of the Arts at the University of North Florida. There, he worked with the University’s LGBT Resource Center to ensure the equal treatment of LGBT persons on campus and within the Jacksonville community. That passion then led Alvaro, during his law school career, to intern with various non-profit organizations such as ACCESS, Inc., the California Innocence Project, and the Casa Cornelia Law Center, providing legal services to victims of domestic violence, wrongfully convicted individuals, and victims of human and civil rights violations. After law school, Alvaro worked in the private sector as an immigration attorney, representing individuals in family-based immigration, removal defense, and post-conviction relief matters. He has been inducted into the National Society for Collegiate Scholars, the Political Science Honors Society, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and the Pro Bono Honors Society, and is a two-time recipient of the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services. Alvaro is admitted in the State of California and is fluent in Spanish.
Andrea Swenson is a Staff Attorney at the San Francisco Office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). Prior to joining KIND, Andrea worked as an Immigration Attorney for Catholic Charities in Oakland representing unaccompanied children seeking asylum and special immigrant juvenile status. Andrea also worked as a Staff Attorney with the International Institute of the Bay Area where she represented clients in a variety of matters relating to family immigration, citizenship, and humanitarian visas. Andrea is a graduate of Boston College Law School and the University of Washington. She is a member of the California bar and she speaks Spanish.
Raquel Campuzano is the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents. She is a Central Valley native, raised in Orosi, CA. She earned her B.A. degree in Criminology, Law and Society from University of California, Irvine. She is a recent graduate of University of California, Davis School of Law. While in law school, she interned with immigration legal aid organizations and worked as a law clerk at a private immigration law firm. She joined KIND’S Fresno office in the summer of 2020 as a law student intern. Raquel is excited to return to KIND’s Fresno office in August 2021.
Gabriela (Gaby) Moraga
Gabriela Moraga has centered her professional career around advocating for immigrants’ rights. Before joining KIND, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law where she was the President of Student Immigration Law Association. She also participated in both the Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic and Immigration Policy Clinic as a clinic student. While a clinic student she worked with a detained client through the BIA Pro Bono Project where she successfully advocated for the client to be released from detention and reunite with his family. Gabriela was also a law school extern at Centro Legal de La Raza where she helped develop the Youth Project, which was dedicated to working with unaccompanied minors. After becoming a licensed attorney, Gabriela returned to her alma mater of USF to support the Immigration and Deportation Defense clinic as an attorney where she represented adults and youth in removal proceedings. Gabriela has now joined KIND as a Staff Attorney to continue her passion in working with immigrant youth.
Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow
Brandon is a recent graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, and is excited to join KIND as an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow in the Fresno satellite office. He was part of the Law School's Queer Caucus, and he participated in the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice and Domestic Violence Clinics. He completed internships with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and the Immigration Unit at MetroWest Legal Services.
Equal Justice Works Fellow
Heidi Gonzalez was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles with an Immigrant Advocacy Concentration in May 2021 and began her Equal Justice Works Fellowship with KIND in September 2021. Prior to joining KIND, Heidi interned at the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and worked at El Rescate Legal Services. Additionally, she volunteered with Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, Mexico to assist families and unaccompanied children applying for asylum. Heidi also traveled to El Paso, Texas to volunteer with the United Neighborhood Organization assisting detained clients in removal proceedings. Heidi is passionate about immigrant rights and is excited to continue pursuing her passion throughout her fellowship with KIND.
Alejandra Tovar is the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents. She was raised in Mexico and attended the University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo, Faculty of Law). After becoming a lawyer, she worked for the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in one of the Regional Offices, and, later, for a law firm. Then, Alejandra took a position with the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, California. She led the Department of Civil Registry and Visas, Powers of Attorney, and Acquisition of Mexican Citizenship. She also worked with the Protection Department, where she assisted with cases involving victims of crimes and human trafficking (VAWA and U and T visas), restitution for minors under the Hague Convention, and Mexican nationals benefitting from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In 2013, Alejandra joined the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) as an Immigrant and ACA Fellow. In 2014 she was promoted to the Assistant Director of the Sustainable Rural Communities Project (SRCP). She was also a fully accredited BIA representative, and she was the coordinator of the monthly free DACA and Naturalization workshops for low income farm working families. In addition, through CRLAF, Alejandra provided assistance to unaccompanied minors in the Central Valley. Prior to leaving CRLAF, Alejandra was named the Co-Director of SRCP. Alejandra received her B.A. in International Law.
Florencia Reyes Donohue
Florencia was born and raised in El Salvador. Prior to joining KIND, Florencia worked in a private immigration law firm in San Francisco providing assistance in cases that focused on asylum, U Visa, VAWA, DACA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, provisional waiver applications, naturalization and family-based visas. Florencia received a law degree in El Salvador from Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas. Florencia moved to the United States and obtained a Master of Comparative Law at California Western School of Law. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Florencia worked at the International Rescue Committee in San Diego and was a BIA accredited representative.
Alma Lemus Diaz
Alma Lemus was born in Michoacan, Mexico and raised in the small farm-worker community of Farmersville, California. Alma attended the community college, College of the Sequoias located in Visalia, California and transferred to the University of Southern California (USC) which is based in Los Angeles. Alma is the recipient of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship and holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from USC. Her passion for immigrant rights started while attending USC and being involved in various groups supporting undocumented students. Prior to joining Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Alma worked at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) based in Los Angeles. While at CARECEN Alma worked for two different departments, the Survivors of Violence Unit and the Deportation Defense Team as a legal assistant and U-VIsa/VAWA Intake Coordinator. At CARECEN, Alma worked under the supervision of staff attorneys and prepared/filed various applications for immigration relief. At KIND, Alma will be working as a paralegal in the Fresno office.
Brenda Lopez is a paralegal at the San Francisco Office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and is fluent in Spanish. Brenda is a Central Valley native who was born and raised in Lindsay, California. In the past she has worked with migrant communities in her hometown and surrounding cities. She moved to the Bay Area in 2014 and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018 with her B.A. in Legal Studies and Spanish.
Karina Castro serves as a Paralegal in KIND’s San Francisco office. She provides a range of case support for children referred to KIND in Bay Area counties. Karina was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. As the child of Central American immigrants, she was inspired at an early age by her parents’ struggles and triumphs. She has been fortunate to study in San Salvador, El Salvador and Córdoba, Argentina. During her master’s program she studied in Mexico City, Mexico where she volunteered at a migrant shelter. She also participated in a course on refugee management service in Rome, Italy. Her master’s program research was based in Tijuana, Mexico and focused on how service providers responded to the Haitian refugee crisis. Karina holds degrees in Latin American and International Studies and a Masters in Migration Studies from the University of San Francisco, as well as a paralegal certificate from West Los Angeles College. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and exploring new hiking trails throughout the city.
Yamileth is a Paralegal at KIND’s San Francisco office. She joined the KIND team in November 2021. Prior to KIND, Yamileth worked 4 years as a paralegal in a private immigration firm where she met with clients, including unaccompanied minors, and prepared applications for asylum and other forms of relief. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish Language and Literature. While in undergrad she was an active member of the Latino Pre-Law Society and volunteered at legal clinics for low-income immigrant communities in the Bay Area. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and a passionate advocate for immigrant rights. Yamileth is fluent in Spanish.
Miriam is a Bay Area native, who graduated from San Francisco State University and received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with an interest in law. Prior to joining KIND, Miriam worked at private immigration law firms as a paralegal that specialized in family-based petitions, waivers, and consular processing. Miriam is very excited to be joining KIND as a program assistant and contribute to the organization. She is extremely passionate about advocating for social justice and immigrant rights. She has volunteered at legal centers throughout the Bay Area and was part of a small insurance firm that helped insure those who were undocumented pre-AB60 era. Miriam is fluent in Spanish.