Staff & Board


Isaac Bloch

Legal Program Associate

As a Legal Program Associate, Isaac helps oversee country conditions research, and supports trainings, data tracking and CGRS’ technical assistance... Read more

Blaine Bookey

Co-Legal Director

As Co-Legal Director at CGRS, Blaine helps oversee strategic litigation, policy advocacy, and research on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers as well as provision of technical assistance and training to attorneys... Read more

Anna Cabot

Staff Attorney

Anna is a Staff Attorney at CGRS. Before joining CGRS, she taught in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic at the University of Connecticut School of Law where law students represent refugees who have fled... Read more

Neela Chakravartula

Senior Staff Attorney

Neela Chakravartula is a Senior Staff Attorney at CGRS. Neela came to CGRS after working for four years as a staff attorney at the United States... Read more

Annie Daher

Staff Attorney

As a Staff Attorney at CGRS, Annie Daher focuses on strategic litigation, research, and policy advocacy to advance the rights of asylum seekers. ... Read more

Anne Dutton

Equal Justice Works Emerson Fellow

Anne is an Equal Justice Works Emerson Fellow at CGRS where her work focuses on children’s asylum claims in hostile jurisdictions. Previously, Anne worked for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service’s... Read more

Moira Duvernay

Deputy Director

Moira Duvernay serves as Deputy Director at the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) and Executive Director of CGRS-California, the California-focused arm of CGRS, an independent non-profit organization... Read more

Kate Jastram

Senior Staff Attorney and Gender Asylum Campaign Director

Kate Jastram is a Senior Staff Attorney and Gender Asylum Campaign Director, leading CGRS’ effort to fight back against the current Administration’s attack on survivors of gender-based violence and... Read more

Brianna Krong

Development and Communications Coordinator 

Before joining the CGRS team, Brianna worked as an intern at Accountability Counsel to advocate for communities around the world harmed by internationally... Read more

Eunice Lee

Co-Legal Director

Eunice Lee is Co-Legal Director at CGRS, where she helps oversee strategic litigation, policy advocacy, and research on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers. She also coordinates CGRS... Read more

Christine Lin

Senior Staff Attorney and CGRS-California Directing Attorney

Christine is a Senior Staff Attorney and the Managing Attorney of CGRS-California.  Previously, she co-taught and supervised the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic at UC Hastings as the Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons,... Read more

Sayoni Maitra

Staff Attorney

Sayoni is a Staff Attorney at CGRS. Before joining CGRS, she worked at Sanctuary for Families as a Staff Attorney in the Immigration Intervention Project, where she represented survivors of gender-based... Read more

Karen Musalo


Professor Karen Musalo, Bank of America Chair in International Law, is the founding director of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies and the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic at U.C. Hastings College of the Law. She... Read more

Christine Natoli

Kazan McClain Partners’ Foundation Clinical Teaching Fellow

Christine co-teaches and supervises the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic at UC Hastings. Previously, she worked at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) as a Staff Attorney in the Health Justice Program where she... Read more

Felipe Navarro Lux

Legal Program Associate

Prior to CGRS, Felipe worked at Catholic Charities as a DOJ accredited representative providing direct legal services and conducting outreach among the immigrant community. In this capacity, he... Read more

Vivane Yee

Office Manager and Administrative Assistant

Vivane serves as the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant for CGRS team. Before joining CGRS, she interned at the International Rescue Committee as an Anti-Trafficking intern where she worked on... Read more

Advisory Board

Denise Abrams

Partner, Kazan, McClain, Lyons, Greenwood & Harley PLC

After graduating Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, Denise Abrams spent the next 18 years working at Kazan Law as a law clerk, associate, and then a principal and attorney mentor. In 2009, she decided to devote the majority of her time to pro bono practice, and... Read more

Simona Agnolucci

Partner, Keker & Van Nest

Simona is a litigator specializing in complex litigation, including intellectual property matters, securities cases, and commercial disputes. She is an alumna of UC Hastings and has successfully litigated several gender asylum cases.

Richard Boswell

Professor, UC Hastings College of the Law

Richard Boswell joined UC Hastings as a faculty member in 1990. Previously, he worked in private practice, as a faculty member at the Law School of Notre Dame, and in the George Washington National Law Center, where he founded its first immigration clinic and directed the Trial Practice... Read more

Tanya Broder

Senior Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center

Ms. Broder specializes in the laws and policies affecting access to health care, public benefits and education for low-income immigrants across the United States. She holds a juris doctor from Yale Law School and works for the National Immigration Law Center where she writes articles and... Read more

Sara Campos

Bay Area Lawyer and Writer

Sara Campos is a writer, lawyer, and consultant specializing in immigration and refugee issues. A graduate of UCLA Law, she worked at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area where she directed the Asylum Program. She also worked as a Staff Attorney for the National... Read more

Minette Kwok

Partner, Minami Tamaki LLP

Minette Kwok is currently a Partner with Minami Tamaki LLP where she concentrates on business immigration and representing start- ups, emerging high tech companies, and global Fortune 500 companies in the IT, engineering, clean energy, and manufacturing industries. She currently serves on the... Read more

George Rehm

Attorney and Investor
George Rehm is a founding partner of aeris CAPITAL AG. He joined aeris in 2004 and has over thirty years of experience as a lawyer and executive in international licensing, technology transfer and investment and privatization transactions in the US, Europe and... Read more

Darren Teshima

Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Darren Teshima is a litigation partner based in the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe. He represents corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes and acts as an advisor to clients in the financial services, technology, retail, and hospitality industries.... Read more

Sandra Thompson


Sandra Thompson is currently an immigration attorney, practicing at Catholic Charities pro bono.   After an 18-year career at IBM, where she held a variety of positions in sales, marketing, and strategy development, both domestically and internationally, she graduated from UC Hastings... Read more

Natalie Villalobos

Women in Technology Advocate, Google

Natalie is the Women in Technology Advocate at Google, fostering inclusivity in technology as the program manager for Women Techmakers. Prior to this position, she served as the Community Manager for Google+. Natalie specializes in building online social movements, marketing and community... Read more

Honorary Board

Rody Alvarado


Pamela Goldberg

Former Protection Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Fauziya Kassindja


Susan F. Martin

Herzberg Professor of International Migration and Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Bernadette Passade Cisse


Ana Reyes

Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP

Ana Reyes’ practice focuses on international litigation.  She has handled matters for foreign government agencies, foreign officials, and international organizations in litigation throughout the United States and in international arbitration. She represented the... Read more

Rebecca Wallace

Research Professor in International Human Rights and Justice, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland