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Staff

From five high-need locations across the United States, our staff provide holistic services to courageous immigrant women and girls fleeing violence. Located in Greater DC, our executive and national teams support the needs of our local offices and our policy advocacy. Our staff exhibit a high level of cultural competency, speak multiple languages, and, above all, are committed to the protection of our clients.

Eileen Espinal

Social Services Manager

Eileen joined the Tahirih Justice Center in 2018. As Social Services Program Manager, Eileen provides holistic, culturally-competent, and trauma-informed services to immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. Our client-centered Social Services program connects our clients to appropriate and accessible resources to support their goals. Eileen engages in outreach and advocacy to spread awareness about the challenges facing survivors of gender-based violence in Georgia’s immigrant community. Eileen also manages Tahirih Atlanta’s Volunteer Program, connecting our supporters to our programs to empower the families that we serve.

Prior to joining Tahirih, Eileen served as Community Youth Advocate with the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she conducted outreach and support to students, incarcerated persons, and immigrants across Florida. Prior to that, Eileen served with Camillus House, an organization assisting the poor and the homeless in the South Florida community. Eileen served as their Community Manager as well as a Case Manager for the women’s employment and housing opportunity program.

I am constantly inspired by Tahirih’s mission to uplift the voices of immigrant women and girls that have experienced hardships and trauma, and its mission to help these survivors reclaim their agency. Women support and empower our community in a real and beautiful way. It is a privilege to work alongside an organization that believes in the power of gender equality.

Education: Florida International University, MPA & MS Criminal Justice; University of South Florida, BA Criminology

Languages: Spanish

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Dulce Jacobo

Social Services Case Aid

Portrait of Dulce Jacobo smilingDulce joined Tahirih in 2021. As the Social Services Case Aid in the Atlanta office, Dulce conducts biopsychosocial needs assessments for Tahirih clients. She collaborates with the legal and social service teams to provide trauma-informed and client-centered services. Dulce provides crisis intervention, safety planning and education on victim’s rights to Tahirih clients. She collaborates with various community agents to connect service seekers to the necessary resources that can empower them and support them through their journey. Prior to joining Tahirih, Dulce worked as a Medical Social Worker in interdisciplinary medical teams at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Georgia. Throughout her work experience she conducted biopsychosocial assessments, crisis intervention and comprehensive care coordination services by advocating and connecting patients to various resources. Dulce was part of a study abroad summer program in Costa Rica during her undergraduate years at Georgia State University. She analyzed the difference in policies and implementation of social services between Costa Rica and the USA.

“I am inspired by Tahirih’s mission to create a more gender equitable world and their commitment to empower immigrant women and girls. As an immigrant myself and a daughter of immigrants, I’m passionate about immigrant rights and through my work I seek to be of service to my community. I’m grateful to be part of Tahirih’s mission to advocate, empower and raise awareness about the complex challenges faced by immigrant women and girls.”

Education: Columbia University, MSW

Languages: Spanish, English

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Sophie Leveille

Development Associate

Sophie Leveille joined Tahirih in 2019. As Development Associate, Sophie carries out the fundraising and communications needs of the office through activities such as individual donor management, grant management, and event planning. Before joining Tahirih, Sophie served as a Program Director and Fine Arts Instructor at the Otis Redding Foundation. Immediately following her undergraduate studies, she lived and researched in Cape Town, South Africa. There, she focused on the effectiveness of songwriting and music programs on resettled youth to promote unity and self-expression. In addition to her work at Tahirih, Sophie serves as a Board Member with the Association of Fundraising Professionals for Greater Atlanta and Professional Development Committee Member with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.

I am inspired by Tahirih’s relentless pursuit of justice for women and children seeking a better future.

Education: Mercer University, BA

Languages: French

Hometown: Peachtree Corners, GA

Gloria Lima

Office Administrator

Gloria joined Tahirih in 2018. As the Office Administrator, Gloria is responsible for supporting the Atlanta office with day- to- day office operations, financial duties, and offering staff any necessary support. Gloria is also the first point of contact for any service seekers, which includes completing preliminary screenings, and assisting with referrals. Prior to joining Tahirih, Gloria worked for the Southern Poverty Law Center as an Office Administrator, and at Georgia Pacific as a Executive Administrative Assistant.

I am inspired by Tahirih’s commitment to help women & girls with their issues and struggles in this country and specially in the Southeast where they are an under-served population.

Education: Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala

Language: Spanish

Elizabeth Zambrana

Staff Attorney

Elizabeth joined Tahirih in 2019. As a staff attorney, Elizabeth provides client-centered, trauma-informed, culturally competent legal advice, counsel, and representation to immigrant survivors of gender-based violence in asylum cases, claims brought under the Violence Against Women Act, T visas and U visas. She also provides technical assistance to pro bono partners, represents Tahirih at stakeholder meetings, and conducts outreach and community engagement. Prior to joining Tahirih, Elizabeth was an Attorney Advisor at the New York Immigration Court and an Equal Justice Works Emerson Legal Fellow at the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network. In law school, Elizabeth was the recipient of the Charles H. Revson Foundation Public Interest Fellowship. Growing up, Elizabeth regularly spent time in Mexico and Nicaragua with family. She has also traveled throughout Europe and Northern Africa.

I am inspired by Tahirih’s client-centered approach. As the daughter of an asylum seeker, with roots in Mexico and Nicaragua, I feel a strong affinity with my clients and a great sense of admiration for their tenacity and resilience. I treasure the opportunity to support them through my work.

Education: Rutgers Law School, J.D.; Florida International University, B.A.

Languages: Spanish

Hometown: New York City, NY & Miami, Florida