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
- “Travel Ban Suspension Has Immigrants Hustling to Get to U.S.,” CBS News San Francisco, Feb. 6, 2017
- “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
Amanda Alvarado-FordImmigration Attorney
Amanda joined Tahirih in 2018. As an Immigration Attorney for the San Francisco Bay Area office, Amanda represents immigrant women and children fleeing violence. In addition to representing clients fighting deportation proceedings in the San Francisco EOIR Immigration Court, she provides legal services to survivors of domestic violence and represents them in relation to their applications for U, T, VAWA, and other forms of humanitarian relief in a culturally competent, bilingual Spanish/English capacity. Prior to joining Tahirih, Amanda represented families in deportation proceedings in the San Francisco Immigration Court and Asylum Office with Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network in San Jose, California. Amanda also worked for over 5 years as the Coordinating Attorney and as a pro bono attorney for the Immigration Department at La Raza Centro Legal in the Mission District of San Francisco. Amanda started her career as a federal government labor litigator with the National Labor Relations Board. Amanda has worked with a humanitarian project in the Dominican Republic, and with an international NGO focusing on women’s and human rights issues in Kenya.
Amanda is the current 2018-19 Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Santa Clara Valley Chapter. In 2014 and 2015, she was honored as a Pro Bono Champion by the AILA National organization. She has served two tours of duty as a pro bono immigration attorney, during which she represented detained immigrant women and children at the Department of Homeland Security South Texas Family Detention Centers in Karnes City and Dilley, Texas, in 2015 and 2017. While at La Raza Centro Legal, Amanda was proud to serve as co-counsel with the Flores Settlement Agreement Enforcement team through a partnership with the Center for Constitutional Law and Human Rights.
“I am inspired by Tahirih’s work, and am privileged to respond to the call to diligently pursue justice on behalf of women and children fleeing violence. I view my partnership with courageous individuals and families who are survivors of human rights abuses as a daunting and necessary challenge. At Tahirih we strive for a more compassionate and peaceful world we can envision, but have yet to achieve.”
Education: Delaware Law School – Widener University, JD; Stanford University, AB
Hometown: Santa Clara, California
Jade Ashley AtkinsDevelopment 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)
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Julia CortezOffice 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
Hometown: South San Francisco, California
Christine HoangVolunteer Attorney
Christine joined Tahirih in 2017 as a Volunteer 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
Jadma NoronhaSocial 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
Giuliana Mattiazzo PessoaSocial Services Case Worker
Giuliana joined Tahirih in 2018. As Social Services Case Worker, Giuliana is responsible for ensuring that all of our clients’ basic needs, such as housing, food, safety, respect and dignity are met. Giuliana, who believes in a client-centered approach, wants to empower Tahirih clients to develop their own capacity for solving their problems and making their own decisions. Prior to joining Tahirih, Giuliana worked in the General Consulate of Brazil in San Francisco, offering consular and social services to the Brazilian community in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. In Brazil, Giuliana conducted research on suicide among indigenous teenagers.
“I am inspired by Tahirih’s ethical and political approach, and its constant motivation to reflect on its practices and to create a more just world. Tahirih aims to build more transparent relationships with its clients and partners based on respect and equality.”
Education: Pontifícia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo (PUC/SP), Brazil, BA
Languages:Portuguese, English and Spanish
Hometown: Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Leah Chen PriceSenior Staff Attorney
Leah Chen Price joined Tahirih in 2017. As a Senior 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
Rachel SheridanEqual Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Attorney Fellow
Rachel joined Tahirih in 2018. As the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Attorney Fellow in the San Francisco Bay Area office, Rachel represents immigrant women and children who have survived gender-based violence. Prior to joining Tahirih, Rachel worked as an intellectual property and small business attorney. Before that, she worked with nonprofit organization International Rights Advocates in Washington, DC, on international human rights litigation. She began her legal career as a litigator at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. She has maintained a steady pro bono immigration practice throughout her legal career. Rachel has traveled extensively in Central and South America.
“I am inspired by Tahirih’s commitment to seeking justice hand-in-hand with immigrant women and children who have survived gender-based violence. It’s an honor to work every day to build a more gender-equal society.”
Education: Georgetown University Law Center, JD; Northwestern University, BS
Hometown: Palo Alto, California
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