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San Francisco Bay Area Staff

Morgan Weibel

Executive Director, San Francisco Bay Area

Morgan Weibel joined Tahirih in 2010. As Executive Director of Tahirih’s San Francisco Bay Area Office, she ensures the delivery of high-quality legal and social services case management, engages regional stakeholders, and oversees the local office’s financial and operational integrity. Morgan previously served as Tahirih’s Director of the Baltimore office, and as a Supervising Immigration Attorney. She also worked for three years as a paralegal at the Law Offices of Robert B. Jobe, a San Francisco-based firm focusing on asylum and deportation defense. She interned with the Immigration and Refugee Services Department of the Spanish Red Cross in Granada, Spain, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Washington, DC, and at a Swiss Refugee Transit Center.

“I am inspired by the strength and courage of the women and girls that I have the privilege of serving at Tahirih. Their unwavering commitment to breaking century-old cycles of violence against women and the courage that it takes to stand up against their families and traditions is remarkable.”

Education

Morgan is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with high honors and the University of California Hastings College of Law, where she served as the Scholarly Publications Editor on the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review and was awarded the Judith Stronach Women’s Rights Fellowship to work with the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS). Morgan also served as a Graduate Research Fellow at CGRS where she drafted a protocol for the investigation of femicides and assisted Professor Karen Musalo in updating sections of her course book related to asylum based on membership in a particular social group. During law school, she interned in the Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Her undergraduate honors thesis compared the United States and Canadian applications of gender-based guidelines in asylum law.

Awards and Recognition

Morgan was named Leader of the Year by AILA’s DC Chapter Liaison Division in 2013, and in 2008, she won National Championship and First Place Speaker Awards at the UC Davis Asylum Law Moot Court Competition.

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Jade Ashley Atkins

Development and Special Events Manager

Jade joined Tahirih in 2018. As the Development and Special Events Manager, Jade is responsible for the cultivation of donors in the Bay Area office as well as strategies on how to retain and gain new donors. Additionally, she is the lead on the Signature Fundraising Event produced for the Bay Area office. Prior to joining Tahirih, Jade worked as a consultant, marketing and event professional. Additionally, she worked for a wire news service in the Bay Area as an editor and reporter in the crime beat.

“I am inspired by the clients of Tahirih. Their determination, strength and resiliency is what motivates me every day to do more, raise more and care more.”

Education: San Jose State University, BA; Univerisity of California at Los Angeles, MA (in progress)

Language: Spanish

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

 

Julia Cortez

Office Administrator

Julia joined Tahirih in 2018. As the Office Administrator, Julia is responsible for supporting the San Francisco Bay Area office with day- to- day office operations, financial duties, and offering staff any necessary support. Julia is also the first point of contact for any service seekers, which includes completing preliminary screenings, and assisting with referrals. Prior to joining Tahirih, Julia worked for Del Monte Meat Company as an Human Resources Coordinator, and at Republic Indemnity as a Workers’ Compensation Claims Representative.

“I am inspired by Tahirih’s mission, which strives for gender equality. I feel very fortunate to work for an organization, and work alongside such amazing and dedicated individuals that fight everyday to ensure that the voices of immigrant women and girls are heard. Tahirih has shown me that together, as a community we are stronger. I am very proud to work for an organization that fights everyday, so that immigrant women and girls can have a better life and no longer have to live in fear.”

Education: San Francisco State University, BA; Notre Dame de Namur, MPA

Languages: Spanish

Hometown: South San Francisco, California

 

Shayda Golshan

Bahá'í Service Fellow

Shayda joined Tahirih in 2017. As the Bahá’í Service Fellow in our San Francisco office, Shayda works with social services to ensure women and girls receive the community services they need. She also assists the legal and development staff with research and event planning. Prior to joining Tahirih, Shayda served as a Livelihoods Development intern at Aarohi in Nainital District of India and as a Research Assistant at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

“I am so deeply humbled to work alongside these undeniably courageous women and girls. Who have faced horrific violence and abuse that no individual should have to endure and are rising with such resilience and strength in their fight for justice.”

Education: University of Washington, BA

Languages: Farsi, Spanish (limited working proficiency)

Hometown: Torrance, California

Christine Hoang

Immigration Attorney

Christine joined Tahirih in 2017 as an Immigration Attorney focusing on serving clients in Santa Clara county. Prior to joining Tahirih, Christine headed the immigration practice at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, where she worked for nearly a decade. Christine started her career as a litigator, and prior to transitioning to legal aid, worked in the intellectual property group at Fenwick & West. In 2013, Christine was awarded the California State Bar President’s Pro Bono award. She has also lived and studied abroad in Paris.

“At Tahirih, I have the privilege of representing women and children who have fled horrible violence with the  hope of creating new lives.  Despite their adversities, they are kind, generous, patient, and resilient–strengthening our communities with their presence.  Tahirih allows me the opportunity to work with these amazing clients and to try to be the change I want to see in the world.”

Education: Georgetown University, B.S. Foreign Service; Berkley Law School, J.D.

Languages: Vietnamese, French, Spanish

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Lily Mejia

Pro Bono Program Coordinator

Lily Mejia joined Tahirih in 2017. As Pro Bono Program Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area office, Lily ensures that each Tahirih client’s case is appropriately placed with an attorney in our pro bono network. Prior to joining Tahirih, Lily lived in Nanjing, China where she worked as a teacher. After returning to the U.S., Lily worked as a field representative in the Bay Area with Amnesty International.

“The individuals who seek Tahirih’s help have suffered some of the most unimaginable human rights abuses, yet they remain courageous and steadfast in their pursuits for justice; I am deeply inspired by their heroism to reject victimization. In doing so, these women and girls are not only creating a safer world for themselves, but for many others like them who are in need of freedom from gender-based violence. I am humbled to be afforded the opportunity to be a small part of their success stories.”

Education: Louisiana State University, BA

Languages: Spanish (limited working proficiency)

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Jadma Noronha

Social Services Program Manager

Jadma joined Tahirih in 2017. In her role as the Social Services Program Manager, she oversees and supports clients through case management, supportive counseling, and referrals. She has worked at organizations such as The Latin American Association, The International Women’s House, and Tapestri, Inc. Prior to joining Tahirih, she was working at San Francisco Safe House supporting women survivors of sexual exploitation who are marginalized due to multiple intersecting identities. Jadma is originally from Brazil.

“Tahirih’s mission and values gives me a strong base to continue to grow and support brave women and girls. I feel lucky to work for an organization committed to seek innovative ways to bring equality and unity not only to the communities we serve, but also internally to employees.”

Education: California Institute of Integral Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, BA

Languages: Spanish and Portuguese

Hometown: Correntina, Bahia, Brazil