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Volunteer Perspectives

Esther Graff-Radford

Esther Graff-Radford

Esther is the owner of Graff-Radford Law, LLC, an asylum and civil litigation firm. She took on her first immigration case through our partner site in Lumpkin, Georgia.

Geoffrey Louden

Geoffrey Louden

Geoffrey volunteered to do country conditions research, followed by an appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). He serves as Vice-Chair of Center Global, DC’s LGBT Asylum Support Network.

Joanna Diamond

Joanna Diamond

Joanna used her experience in advocacy on public policy issues to represent an African man who fled persecution from his country's government. She is currently the Director of Advocacy for Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore.

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Jorge Chavez

In February 2019, Jorge and 15 of his Microsoft colleagues spent a week on-the-ground with the Proyecto Dilley (formerly the Dilley Pro Bono Project).

Mary McGowan Davis and Mary Rothwell Davis

Mary McGowan Davis & Mary Rothwell Davis

Two advocates with notable careers joined forces on behalf of their client from Congo-Brazzaville, who fled persecution on account of his political opinion.

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Justin Kerner

Justin is an associate with Ballard Spahr LLP in Cherry Hill, new Jersey, where he focuses on commercial litigation. He helped free a Venezuelan man from the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA, and continues to represent that man in his ongoing asylum proceedings.

Hamsa Mahendranathan

Hamsa Mahendranathan

Meet Hamsa, a litigation associate with no prior immigration experience who argued her client’s case before the immigration court and helped her client win asylum.

Jeff Pearson

Jeff Pearson

Jeff came out of retirement in 2019 to take on a pro bono asylum case with our partners at the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN).

Sue Pyne

Sue Pyne

Silicon Valley to Dilley, Texas: A corporate lawyer spends a profound volunteer week serving detained asylum-seeking families.

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Moses Silverman

Moses Silverman is of counsel in the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. He writes about his time assisting asylum-seeking families detained in Dilley, Texas and the reunion of his volunteer group following their week on-the-ground.

Neil Thomson

Neil Thomson

Neil is an associate with White and Williams LLP in New York City practicing commercial litigation. He represented a Mauritanian man in his pursuit of asylum in the United States.

Mustafa Cetin

Mustafa Cetin

Mustafa Cetin is a Turkish attorney practicing immigration in Greater New York City area. Prior to his admission to practice in New York on 2018, he had extensive experience practicing in Turkey including as a public defender by challenging human rights violations. He is a new member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Proyecto Dilley

Six Proyecto Dilley volunteers report from their week on-the-ground with the Proyecto Dilley Pro Bono Project

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