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Atlanta Staff

Shana Tabak

Executive Director, Atlanta

Shana Tabak joined the Tahirih Justice Center as the first Executive Director of its Atlanta office which opened in 2018. Presiding over Tahirih’s fifth location, she leads delivery of high-quality legal services and social services case management to protect immigrant woman and girls who demand freedom from violence. She is the former Chair of the Georgia Immigration Working Group, and currently leads its work to increase collaboration between mental health professionals and immigration attorneys.

Prior to joining Tahirih, Shana spent nearly a decade teaching in law schools, specializing in international human rights, immigration law, and gender justice. As a clinical law professor at American University and George Washington University Law School, she supervised student casework in immigration court, federal court, and international human rights tribunals. Most recently, she was a visiting scholar at Emory Law School and a visiting professor at Georgia State College of Law. She also served as a law clerk for H.E. Bernardo Sepúlveda-Amor at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Shana has worked with numerous human and immigrant rights groups in Latin America, the Middle East, and in the U.S. including Human Rights First, the Southern Poverty Law Center, UNCHR, Gisha: Legal Center for Freedom of Movement in Israel, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, as well as with the law firm Foley Hoag.

Shana has published on human rights in post-conflict settings, gender, and migration, and is a frequent speaker on these topics. She has conducted workshops and trainings on gender and human rights, trauma-informed lawyering, and clinical legal education. She was elected co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s Women in International Law Interest Group in 2015, and serves on the Program Committee for the 2018 ASIL Annual Meeting.


Shana received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar, and received a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Assistance. She graduated with honors from Macalester College, and holds an LLM from George Washington University Law School.


Shana was awarded a Dorot Fellowship for study in Israel, and researched human rights and migration with a Fulbright Scholarship in Bolivia.


Author, Deadlocked: What a Nine-Word Decision Means for 5 Million Undocumented Immigrants, June 23, 2016, (The Conversation)

Commentator – Why It’s Almost Impossible to get Asylum in Atlanta, June 8, 2016 (VICE media)

Commentator – Governor Deal Says No to Syrian Refugees in Georgia, November 16, 2015 (NPR-GPB)

LGBTI Migrants in Immigration Detention: A Global Perspective, 37 HARVARD JOURNAL OF LAW & GENDER 1 (2013) (with Rachel Levitan)

False Dichotomies of Transitional Justice: Gender, Conflict and Combatants in Colombia, 44 NYU JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND POLICY 44 (2011)

Family Immigration Detention at Artesia: An international law inquiry https://ilg2.org/2015/01/31/family-immigration-detention-at-artesia-an-international-law-inquiry/

Languages: Spanish & Hebrew (fluent); French & Arabic (conversant)

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

Sophie Leveille

Development Associate

Sophie Leveille joined Tahirih in 2019. As a Development Associate, Sophie is responsible for researching, cultivating and maintaining donor relationships with the Atlanta branch and tracking donor contributions. Prior to joining Tahirih, Sophie served as an Instructor and Center for Creative Arts Director at the Otis Redding Foundation. Sophie has lived and conducted research in Cape Town, South Africa on the effectiveness of songwriting and music programs on resettled youth.

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