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Atlanta Staff

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

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

Vanessa Mottley-Wilkins

Executive Director

Vanessa joined Tahirih’s Atlanta office in 2021. As Executive Director, Vanessa is responsible for the management, growth and financial sustainability of the Atlanta office. She leads the Atlanta team in delivering client-centered legal and social services to immigrant women and girls fleeing violence; conducting community outreach and partnerships; oversees the local office’s financial and operational integrity; and engaging diverse stakeholders. Vanessa also works collaboratively to develop and execute a regional advocacy strategy for policies supporting the community.

Prior to joining Tahirih, Vanessa worked within the non-profit field for over eighteen years. In 2003, she joined Promise Place to expand domestic violence services in Fayette county to several new counties within the judicial circuit. With the opening of that area’s first state certified domestic violence shelter in 2007, Vanessa took on the position of Shelter Director, assisting in developing the framework for services provided to clients. She then served as Executive Director for the next ten years. As Promise Place Executive Director, Vanessa developed numerous domestic violence initiatives for the community. One of these initiatives was featured in the 11th annual Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review report. In February 2015, Vanessa was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Commission of Family Violence where she served for 3 years. She received a Pinnacle Leadership award in 2017 for outstanding community leadership and was recognized with a Phenomenal Woman award in 2021 for her 17 years of service to the community.

I am inspired by both Tahirih’s mission and inter-disciplinary approach to providing services. Having worked in the domestic violence field for many years, I have seen firsthand the complex barriers immigrant women and girls face in achieving safety – a basic right that we all too often take for granted. Legal services are a critical factor in removing these barriers and I am honored to work alongside a team that focuses on prioritizing client needs while maintaining excellence in our service delivery.

Hometown: Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.

Nowmee Shehab

Staff Attorney

Nowmee joined Tahirih’s Atlanta office in 2021. As a Staff Attorney, Nowmee is represents immigrants who have faced gender based violence in Immigration Court and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Prior to joining Tahirih, Nowmee served as a legal intern at Brooklyn Defenders and TakeRoot Justice in New York City. Before law school, Nowmee was a paralegal at a civil rights law firm. Nowmee grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh and immigrated to the U.S. when she was 16.

I am inspired by Tahirih’s mission of providing wholistic, client-centered, and trauma-informed services to courageous immigrants who have faced gender based violence. Our clients are heroes and I am honored to work with them.

Education: City University of New York, JD; Emory University, BA

Languages: Bengali, Hindi, English