Morgan WeibelExecutive 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.”
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.
In the Media
- “Tahirih Attorney Discusses Human Trafficking in Baltimore,” WBAL-TV11, Dec. 3, 2013
- “Afghan Escapes Oppression, But She Fears For Others Still There,” The Washington Post, April 18, 2013
- “For Battered Immigrant Women, Fear of Deportation Becomes Abusers’ Weapon,” The Washington Post, Feb. 8, 2012
Leah Chen PriceStaff Attorney
Leah Chen Price joined Tahirih in 2017. As a staff attorney with Tahirih’s San Francisco Bay Area office, Leah represents immigrant women and children fleeing violence. Prior to joining Tahirih, Leah was the Human Trafficking Project Director with Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach. There, she provided comprehensive legal services to survivors of all forms of human trafficking and coordinated a local anti-trafficking collaborative. Leah began her legal career as an immigration attorney representing families fighting deportation proceedings in the San Francisco Immigration Court. While in law school, Leah clerked with the Domestic Violence unit of Bay Area Legal Aid, the San Francisco and Alameda Counties Public Defender Offices, the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and the Center for Justice and Accountability.
Leah serves as a co-chair of the Asian American Bar Association and is a former commissioner with the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission.
“I am deeply inspired by Tahirih’s mission to promote the human rights of courageous women and children fleeing gender-based violence. I am humbled by the challenges our clients have already overcome and it’s an honor to stand together with them on their paths to justice and a better future.”
Education: University of California Hastings College of the Law, JD; University of California Santa Barbara, MA, BA
Languages: Mandarin Chinese and conversational Spanish
Ellen FransenOffice Administrator
Ellen Fransen joined Tahirih in 2017. As Office Administrator for the San Francisco Bay Area office, Ellen is responsible for maintaining daily office duties keeping the office running smoothly so that Tahirih staff can help as many people as possible. Prior to Tahirih, Ellen worked as a Peace Corps Teacher Trainer Volunteer in The Gambia and an Educational Administrative Assistant at Arlington County Public Schools. She has lived in both Spain and The Gambia, and has traveled to many countries across four continents.
“I am inspired by the intersectionality of Tahirih. We do not simply provide legal aid; we provide assistance to immigrant victims fleeing violence in a way that acknowledges every unique aspect about each individual client. The background, circumstances, needs, opinions, and desires of those seeking Tahirih’s help are never ignored or diminished. This holistic approach, for me, is how we ought to treat one another in life as well as in our work.”
Education: George Washington University, MA; James Madison University, BA
Languages: Spanish, beginner French, conversational Mandinka
Hometown: Arlington, Virginia
Theresa Samuel-BokoDevelopment Manager
Theresa Samuel-Boko joined the Tahirih Justice Center in 2017. As the Development Manager in the San Francisco Bay Area, Theresa builds partnerships with private donors, and foundations to identify opportunities and raise critical funds to support Tahirih’s mission.
Prior to joining Tahirih, Theresa served as the Resettlement Manager at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. She is a lifelong advocate for refugees and immigrants and has worked in the Refugee Resettlement field for over a decade providing program management, direct services and advocacy within different regions in the U.S and overseas. Theresa also serves as a board member with Refugee and Immigrant Services International, a nonprofit that provides technical support to International Non-Governmental Organizations to address refugee crises.
“Worldwide, refugee and immigrant women and girls, continue to remain at an increased risk of violence and exploitation, and are therefore less able to cope with trauma and combat the effects of displacement and migration. Tahirih is unique in that it offers a holistic and effective approach in combating gender-based violence, while promoting long term solutions that enhance the ability of women and girls to overcome obstacles and positively integrate into their new communities.”
Education: Springfield College, MS; University of Khartoum, BS
Hometown: Khartoum, Sudan
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News from San Francisco
Tahirih received an update from the DHS assuring that the DHS-VINE database will no longer disclose the federally-protected personal information of victims of crime.July 20, 2017
Update: ICE Removes Protected Names From Public Database and Pledges to Safeguard Data in the Future
ICE shared with Tahirih in a July 14 letter that it has removed from its publicly searchable database all federally protected information on immigrant victims of crime.July 17, 2017