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San Francisco Bay Area Staff

Erika Alvarez

Office Administrator

Erika joined Tahirih in 2019. As the Office Administrator, Erika provides critical operational and administrative support to the San Francisco office, including day-to-day office administration, development, and financial duties. She also supports our client services and conducts preliminary screenings of service seekers, assists with client referrals, and supports our volunteer program. Prior to joining Tahirih, Erika worked as an Agency Customer Service Representative, Agency Producer, and Office Manager with Farmers Insurance Agency. and eight extensive years as a Retail Manager at Hugo Boss US. 

“I am inspired by Tahirih’s vision of a gender-equal society and mission to defend Immigrant Women’s rights. And honored to be part of an organization that empowers immigrants who are a vulnerable group and are routinely denied basic rights.”

Education: Gavilan College, A.A. Associate Business Administration

Languages: Spanish

Hometown: Gilroy, CA

Meghan Berman

Immigration Attorney

Meghan Berman joined Tahirih in 2021. As an Immigration Attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area office, Meghan provides legal counsel and representation to immigrants who are survivors of gender-based violence in cases including asylum, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U Visa, and other immigration remedies. Prior to joining Tahirih, Meghan worked as an immigration attorney at Immigration Center for Women and Children and La Raza Centro Legal. Meghan studied abroad in Madrid, Spain during her time at Stanford University.

“I am passionate about advancing and defending immigrants’ rights.”

Education: New York University School of Law, JD; Stanford University, BA

Languages: Spanish

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Natasha Piette Basheer

Development Officer

Natasha Piette Basheer joined the Tahirih Justice Center as Development Officer at the San Francisco Bay Area office to help support the organization in achieving its fundraising objectives. She collaborates with the Executive Director and wider team to further strengthen and advance our major gifts program, with a purpose to cultivate meaningful, lasting relationships with Tahirih’s donors.

Natasha has more than six years of international experience in donor engagement, campaign coordination, and project management with nonprofits focusing on women and girls’ rights. Before Tahirih, she served as Campaign Coordinator of Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) based in London, UK. Prior to WEN, she served as Network Coordinator of the Gender & Development Network (GADN).

Natasha lived and worked in the United Kingdom for over a decade, where she also completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She also volunteered with organizations such as Amnesty International UK on campaigns to protect human rights globally, and conducted fieldwork research on sanitation and hygiene issues affecting women and girls in tea estate communities of rural Sri Lanka.

“I am deeply motivated by Tahirih’s diligence and determination to secure justice for immigrant women and girls seeking a safe life in the United States. The emphasis on survivor-centered services provides opportunities for Tahirih’s courageous clients to live and thrive with dignity.”

Education: MA Anthropology: Development and Rights, Goldsmiths, University of London; BA International Development, University of Essex

Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese

Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia

Natasha Prince

Immigration Attorney

Natasha Prince joined Tahirih in 2021. As an Immigration Attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area office, Natasha provides legal counsel and representation to immigrant women and girls, who are survivors of gender-based violence. Prior to Tahirih, Natasha worked for 7 years as a Regulatory Due Diligence Analyst at Wells Fargo Corporate and Investment Banking handling and advising on risk and compliance issues for derivative trading. While working in the financial industry provided her with invaluable knowledge and expertise, Natasha felt called to be an advocate for women and girls who suffered violence based on their gender.

Preceding Wells Fargo, she worked as an immigration attorney at Fellom and Solorio, a San Francisco based firm that handles a wide spectrum of immigration issues and as a volunteer immigration attorney for Catholic Charities. Natasha was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Justo Arenas of the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico. She was also a contributing author of Moore’s AnswerGuide: Federal Discovery Practice (2009) and Moore’s AnswerGuide: Federal Civil Motion Practice (2009).

In college and law school, she studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico, Córdoba, Spain, Havana, Cuba, Madrid, Spain, Rhodes, Greece and Thessaloniki, Greece, which instilled in her the love of travel, and learning about different cultures and their history.

“I am passionate about providing a safe space for women and girls to heal and grow and ensuring our clients get the justice and protection that they deserve. “

Education: Northeastern University School of Law, JD; Wellesley College, BA

Languages: Spanish, English

Hometown: Houston, TX

Payal Sinha

Managing Attorney

Payal joined Tahirih in 2021. As Managing Attorney for Tahirih San Francisco Office, she provides legal representation to survivors of gender based violence, mentors pro bono attorneys & oversees the San Francisco pro bono program, and manages the legal team. Prior to joining Tahirih, Payal served as a Managing Attorney at Peace Over Violence, Los Angeles, CA. She is a distinguished Women in Policy Fellow, where she had the opportunity to work on CA bills AB 865: Mandatory CSEC training for Resource families (Approved by Governor in October 2019) and SB 493: Gender Equity in Education: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, a bill that will protect California students’ civil rights (Approved by Governor in Oct 2020). Also, she serves as an Executive Board Member and a Co-Chair at the Immigration Committee at the International and Immigration Section (CLA) and as an advisor for the California Young Lawyer’s Association. She has been awarded CA Senate Certificate for her work in the field of policy advocacy in 2018.

“I am inspired by Tahirih’s commitment to provide access to trauma informed, holistic services to overcome barriers that a gender based violence survivor endures in their journey.”

Education: USC Gould School of Law, LL.M

Languages: English, Hindi

Hometown: New Delhi, India

Zoe Verni

Weil Legal Innovator and Tech Access Project Coordinator

Zoe Verni joined Tahirih in 2021. As Weil Legal Innovator in the San Francisco Bay Area office, Zoe spearheads the Tech Access Project, which seeks to increase accessibility of legal resources through informational videos, mass text messaging, and other tech interventions. Prior to Tahirih, Zoe was a paralegal at a law firm, where she served on the firm’s all-female task force that collaborated with the New York Governor’s Office to combat the rise in domestic violence during the pandemic. She also managed several pro bono matters representing asylum-seeking clients. Prior to that, Zoe’s internships at the immigration nonprofit Safe Passage Project as well as the New York Attorney General’s Office afforded her experience in both the immigration and gender violence legal spaces. Following Tahirih, Zoe will attend University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School as a Levy Scholar.

“I am inspired by how Tahirih’s approach to serving immigrant survivors is not only multi-pronged, but also survivor-centered and trauma-informed.”

Education: Brown University, BA

Languages: Spanish

Hometown: Mamaroneck, New York

Morgan Weibel

Executive 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.”

Education

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.

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