Staff & Board


Blaine Bookey

Legal Director

As Legal Director at CGRS, Blaine oversees strategic litigation, policy and advocacy, and research on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers as well as provision of technical assistance and training to attorneys across the country.

Blaine is part of the legal team representing Ms. A-B-, a... Read more

Neela Chakravartula

Managing Attorney

Neela Chakravartula is a Managing Attorney at CGRS. Neela came to CGRS after working for four years as a staff attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where she researched and reviewed cases raising claims for asylum and related forms of relief. Neela also worked in... Read more

Jamie Crook

Director of Litigation

As the Director of Litigation, Jamie leads CGRS’s affirmative litigation, direct representation work, and appellate practice before federal courts and immigration agencies.  

Jamie has an extensive background in complex civil rights litigation with a focus on immigrants’ rights and fair... Read more

Annie Daher

Staff Attorney

As a Staff Attorney at CGRS, Annie Daher focuses on strategic litigation, research, training, technical assistance, and policy advocacy to advance the rights of asylum seekers. Annie is also co-author of Refugee Law and Policy: An International and Comparative Approach (5th edition). ... Read more

Anne Dutton

Staff Attorney

Anne is a Staff Attorney at CGRS, where she engages in strategic litigation and provides technical assistance and training to advance the rights of asylum seekers. Anne first joined CGRS as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. Before assuming her Staff Attorney role, Anne clerked for the Honorable... 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 closely affiliated with CGRS. Moira came to CGRS as an experienced litigator in the... Read more

Kristen Henderson

Legal Program Associate

As a Legal Program Associate, Kristen provides litigation support, manages CGRS’s asylum case database, and supports CGRS’s technical assistance program. Prior to joining CGRS, Kristen interned and worked with several Bay Area nonprofits, charities and organizations, including ViviendasLeon, the... Read more

Kate Jastram

Director of Policy & Advocacy

As Director of Policy & Advocacy, Kate Jastram leads CGRS’s efforts to fight back against the current Administration’s attack on asylum seekers through policy advocacy and public education.

Kate served as a legal advisor for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for... Read more

Brianna Krong

Communications and Advocacy 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

Christine Lin

Director of Training and Technical Assistance

Christine is Director of Training and Technical Assistance. Previously, she co-taught and supervised the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic at UC Hastings as the Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Harley & Oberman Foundation Clinical Teaching Fellow. Before joining CGRS,... Read more

Steven Love

Director of Development

Steven Love is the Development Director at CGRS. Steven has more than 20 years of executive level experience, working with Bay Area nonprofit organizations focusing on legal services, the environment, higher education and social service. He has provided strategic leadership to the Justice &... Read more

Stuart L. Lustig, M.D., M.P.H.

Legal-Medical Advisor

Dr. Stuart L. Lustig has served as an expert witness in dozens of asylum cases adjudicated by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Asylum Offices, and U.S. Department of Justice Immigration Courts with a focus on the assessment of torture, trauma and associated psychiatric consequences.  ... Read more

Sayoni Maitra

Staff Attorney

As a Staff Attorney at CGRS, Sayoni provides technical assistance and training to advocates and engages in strategic litigation to protect the rights of asylum seekers. Before joining CGRS, she worked at Sanctuary for Families as a Staff Attorney in the Immigration Intervention Project, where... 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 is lead co-author of Refugee Law and Policy: An International and... 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 founded a program to provide immigration services to undocumented and... Read more

Felipe Navarro-Lux

Manager of Regional Initiatives

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Felipe came to CGRS from Catholic Charities of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties, where he worked as a DOJ accredited representative providing direct legal services and conducting outreach among the immigrant community. In this capacity, he represented... Read more

Anne Peterson

Senior Staff Attorney

Anne is a Senior Staff Attorney at CGRS. She came to CGRS after working in private practice as a Senior Immigration Attorney at the Law Office of Robert B. Jobe where she represented hundreds of asylum-seekers in removal proceedings, represented immigrants in all manner of affirmative matters,... Read more

Vivane Yee

Finance and Development Associate

Vivane serves as CGRS's Finance and Development Associate. Before joining CGRS, she interned at the International Rescue Committee as an Anti-Trafficking intern where she worked on raising human trafficking awareness and resettling transnational survivors of trafficking in the Bay Area. Vivane... 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, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

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

Program Officer, Grove Foundation

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

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

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