Acting Managing Attorney
Iris, is a member of the State Bar of California and a graduate of University of California, Irvine and Western State College of Law, Fullerton. During law school, Iris had the opportunity to participate in the Western State Immigration Clinic and helped serve socioeconomically underprivileged clients with various applications including U-Visas, DACAs, Adjustment of Status, Affirmative Asylum and a SIJS petition. As part of the Advanced Immigration Clinic, Iris also participated in the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) through Public Counsel and Public Law Center at the James A. Musiak Facility and helped screen detainees for possible immigration relief. At graduation, Iris was also one of two inaugural recipients of the Western State College of Law Immigration Certificate. Iris’ passion for immigration law stems from her family’s immigration history and her understanding on how obtaining legal status can positively change a person’s trajectory in life. In 2014, during her last semester of law school, Iris volunteered at KIND and became passionate about helping unaccompanied minors. After law school, Iris continued to volunteer at KIND while also working at a private immigration law office concentrating on family based immigration matters, U-visas, DACAs, Adjustment of Status petitions, I-601A Waivers and Naturalization. Iris’ dedication to KIND resulted in her becoming part of the KIND Los Angeles team in early 2015.
Ana Moraga Archila
Acting Supervising Attorney
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.
Elizabeth Baldwin joined the KIND Seattle office on an interim basis in January of 2020 and became a Senior Attorney and the Microsoft Coordinator in October of 2020. As a student at Seattle University School of Law, Elizabeth served on the editorial board of the law review and worked for two years as a Legal Advocate at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. She also externed at the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington. Following graduation in 2004, Elizabeth served for nearly two years as a judicial law clerk at the Washington State Court of Appeals. Later, she coordinated the Children's Legal Rights Program at Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (KIND’s predecessor organization), where she supported pro bono attorneys serving UACs in detention. Elizabeth then worked for nearly 11 years at the University of Washington School of Law, serving first as the legal writing advisor in the Legal Education Support Program—Afghanistan (LESPA); then as a Lecturer teaching advanced courses in legal research and writing across law school programs; and finally, as the Associate Director of the Master of Jurisprudence program. Notably, before becoming a lawyer, Elizabeth spent many years teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, including immigrant youth at a publicly funded, alternative middle and high school program. She also earned an M.A. in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University. Elizabeth is glad to be back working with UACs and mentoring pro bono teams on their cases.
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Giselle is a Staff Attorney in KIND’s Seattle office working with the City of Seattle and King County’s Expanded Legal Defense Network. She graduated with her J.D. from Vermont Law School and received her B.A. from Norwich University. During law school, she interned with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the Vermont Defender General’s Office, and participated in her school’s immigration clinic. Prior to working at KIND, Giselle worked in private practice as a family law attorney who focused on juvenile cases.
Kelsey is a Senior Attorney at KIND’s Seattle office where she works with detained youth in Washington. Kelsey joined KIND in September 2018. She received her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. During law school, she interned with the Northwest Justice Project Farmworker Justice program, participated in the International Human Rights Clinic, and worked for a private immigration attorney. Prior to law school, Kelsey worked in the U.S. refugee admissions program with the International Rescue Committee in Maryland and the Resettlement Support Center in Kenya.
Taylor Faranda is a Staff Attorney in KIND's Seattle office working with the City of Seattle and King County's Expanded Legal Defense Network. She graduated with her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2018 and received her B.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies and Spanish from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington in 2012. During law school, Taylor participated in various organizations providing legal aid to immigrants and refugees and she was a clinical student in her law school's Asylum and Human Rights Clinic and DACA and Immigration Detention Clinic. After graduating from law school, Taylor completed a clerkship with the Honorable Steven D. Ecker on the Connecticut Supreme Court. She is licensed to practice law in Washington.
Vanesa Hernandez-Rodriguez supports KIND as a Legal Advocate. Vanesa was the first in her family to graduate from both college and law school She attended Soka University of America graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Science in 2018, and from Seattle University School of Law in May of 2021. She joined the KIND team August of 2021. Prior to KIND she worked as a Judicial Clerk for the Tulalip Tribal Court working with judges on legal research. She also worked as a Research Assistant with Professor Robert Boruchowitz conducting research on the legal disparities surrounding people of color and exploring ways to both strengthen and support the Public Defender’s Office in their work.
Equal Justice Works Fellow
Javiera Wood is an Equal Justice Works Fellow in KIND's Seattle office. She graduated with her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2020 and received her B.A. in International Studies and Chinese from the University of Oregon. During law school, Javiera interned for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and worked as a judicial extern for Washington State Supreme Court Justice González. As an EJW Fellow, Javiera will advocate on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant children in Eastern Washington to improve their access to legal services, by building a network of legal services providers who will provide direct representation, education, and community outreach.
Holly joined Kids in Need of Defense in January of 2017. Previously Holly served as case manager and paralegal for various immigration legal service providers in Texas and Kentucky. Holly studied social work and Spanish at the University of Kentucky.
Claire Looney joined KIND in October of 2019. While attending Macalester College, she spent much of her time volunteering with Latinx-led or focused organizations such as CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio), the National Asylum Help Line and Casa de Esperanza. She also spent time volunteering in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, and studied abroad for a semester in Chile. After graduation in 2017, Claire began working for a private immigration firm in Minneapolis. Before coming to KIND, she served as Project Director for a youth leadership program based in Costa Rica with the non-profit Amigos de Las Americas.
Alexandra joined KIND June of 2021 as a Paralegal for KIND’s Seattle office. She graduated from Western Washington University in Law, Diversity and Justice from Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Her studies emphasized Latin American Studies, Human Services and Policy. Alex graduated as the Outstanding Graduate in Law, Diversity and Justice for the 2020-2021 academic year. Her academic work has largely revolved around due process violations within the United States immigration system. Alex is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Senior Social Services Coordinator
Kimberly Manson joined the KIND Seattle office as a Senior Social Services Coordinator in August of 2021. For seven years previously, Kimberly provided intensive, clinical case management to Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URMs) in the Seattle area, helping to develop best practices with unaccompanied youth and the people who serve them. Kimberly holds a Master's in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies & Spanish from Seattle University. As the grandchild of Portuguese immigrants, Kimberly is grateful to serve immigrant youth and their families. She is proud to work for KIND and promote justice for all migrant communities of the United States.
Social Services Coordinator
Jenna joined the Seattle KIND office as a Social Services Coordinator in 2020. Prior, Jenna worked as a Bilingual Community Advocate in King County, providing intensive case management to Spanish-speaking youth and young adult survivors of human trafficking. In 2014, Jenna graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistic Sciences. She then moved to Colombia where she taught English to low-income young adults pursuing technical careers. In the Seattle area, Jenna has worked as an Instructor's Assistant in English language learner classrooms, and volunteered extensively in legal and citizenship clinics for immigrant communities.
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