Erika AlvarezOffice 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
Hometown: Gilroy, CA
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
Nikki EndsleySkadden Fellow
Nikki Endsley joined Tahirih in 2019. Nikki’s fellowship focuses on direct representation and community outreach to immigrant women, girls, and LGBTQ individuals in the Bay area. A recent law school graduate, Nikki’s previous positions include working with the Resettlement team at UNHCR, advocating for LBGTQ clients at Whitman-Walker Health, and assisting with the defense of indigent criminal defendants at the Alexandria Public Defender. Nikki has lived, studied, and conducted anthropological research in France and Israel. She has also traveled abroad extensively, including working in refugee camps and detention centers in France, Greece, and on the Southwest U.S. border.
I greatly admire Tahirih’s holistic provision of services, its vision of a gender equity, and its commitment to dignified and compassionate care.
Education: Georgetown Law, JD; Yale University, BA
Languages: French, Elementary Spanish, Elementary Vietnamese
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Cassandra LopezSocial Services Case Worker
Cassandra Lopez joined Tahirih in 2019. As a Social Services Case Worker, Cassandra is responsible for providing access to food, housing, employment services, vocational classes, and referrals for legal services to our clients. Cassandra also supports clients with safety planning, mental health services and holistic approaches to emotional and mental healing. Prior to joining Tahirih, Cassandra studied Sociology at San Francisco State University. She studied and conducted research on global colonialism, neocolonialism, the history of slavery, racism, and oppression towards various minority groups. Cassandra has volunteered for organizations including: Charity Water, One Brick, Star Vista, City Impact, Tahirih Justice Center, and has completed a Domestic Violence Training course with Asian Women’s Shelter. Cassandra was also Tahirih’s Volunteer of the Year.
I am inspired by Tahirih’s commitment to give assistance to survivors who have undergone extremely difficult and traumatic conditions. It is an honor to be a part of Tahirih Justice Center’s team and contributing my help towards alleviating social injustice.
Education: San Francisco State University, BA
Languages: English, Spanish
Hometown: San Mateo
Nikki MobiniBahá'í Service Fellow
Nikki joined Tahirih in 2019. As the Bahá’í Service Fellow, Nikki supports the Social Services team by assisting with client case management and ensuring that clients’ medical, educational, housing, and mental health needs are met. Prior to joining Tahirih, Nikki worked at the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health supporting programs that enhanced the status and quality of reproductive health care for women across the country. Nikki has traveled throughout Central and South America, Europe, and Africa, including visits to grassroots educational initiatives for women and children in Panama, Brazil, and The Gambia.
I am inspired by Tahirih’s unwavering support for women and girls who are seeking justice and equality. To be able to work with an organization that fights for justice hand-in-hand with those who need it most is a great honor.
Education: University of California, Berkeley, BS
Hometown: Calabasas, California
Languages: Spanish, Persian
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 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: Spanish and conversational Mandarin Chinese
Chriselle RaguroPro Bono Network Coordinating Attorney
Chriselle joined Tahirih in 2019. As a Pro Bono Network Coordinating Attorney with our San Francisco Bay Area office, Chriselle is responsible for oversight and management of the Silicon Valley Pro Bono Immigration Network, and for providing support across the Network. Prior to joining Tahirih, Chriselle was a Consultant for NEEDeed Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand where she worked with non-profit organizations in developing and implementing strategies to streamline personnel and project management processes. Before that, she worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Thailand where she adjudicated the applications of asylum-seekers from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
While in law school, Chriselle received the Honors Lawyering Program Outstanding Student Award, and the Academic Excellence in Labor and Employment Award for her work representing domestic workers. She also received the Asian American Bar Association (AABA) Raymond Ocampo Scholarship, the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC) Nassiri & Jung Foundation Public Interest Scholarship, and the Anthony J. Pagano Dean’s Merit Scholarship. She was the President of the Pilipino American Law Society and the Vice President of the International Law Society.
Chriselle has lived and worked in Southeast Asia where she worked as a refugee lawyer in Thailand, and supported judicial and prosecutorial programs in Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, and the Philippines.
“I am inspired by Tahirih’s commitment to expanding access to justice for women and girls, and I am moved by the courage and resilience of our clients who continue to stand up for equality”
Education: Golden Gate University, JD; Dominican University of California, BA
Languages: Tagalog (Filipino)
Hometown: Novato, California
Alex RichardsonSocial Services Program Manager
Alex joined Tahirih in 2019. She supervises the Social Services team, monitors and evaluates services provided by the team in San Francisco, and provides holistic trauma-informed support to Tahirih’s clients. Prior to joining Tahirih, Alex served as a program manager at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, YWCA Silicon Valley, and Violence Prevention Institute at Tulane University. Alex’s international work is extensive and includes providing trauma-informed training for organizations fighting gender-based violence in Uganda, Greece, and the Middle East, as well as her work on a Department of State Trafficking In Persons project in New Delhi, India.
“I am inspired by Tahirih’s commitment to fight for justice and equality and the interdisciplinary efforts to serve immigrant women and girls it consistently lives out in an empathetic and holistic way.”
Education: Tulane University, MSW
Hometown: Chicago, IL
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
Chenyu WangManaging Attorney
Chenyu joined Tahirih in 2019. As the Managing Attorney of the San Francisco Bay Area Office, Chenyu supports a team of attorneys, provides legal services to survivors fleeing gender-based violence, mentors pro bono partners, and is active in coalitions of like-minded nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining Tahirih, Chenyu worked at the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach in San Francisco and at the Korean Community Center of the East Bay. During law school, Chenyu served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Lewis & Clark Law Review. Chenyu has been a citizen of three countries.
“I am inspired by Tahirih’s mission to serve survivors of gender-based violence and its commitment to equity. I am lucky to work alongside similarly-minded colleagues, who inspire me every day.”
Education: Lewis and Clark Law School, JD; University of Wisconsin, BS
Languages: Conversational Mandarin
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
- “Despite the #MeToo Movement, Roll-Backs in Protection Endanger Immigrant Women: It is Time for #ImmigrantWomentToo,” Morgan Weibel, Think Immigration, blog post, 27 March 2019.
- “Matter of A-B-: How the Attorney General Attempts to Subvert Asylum Law and Dismiss Domestic Violence as a Private Affair,” Morgan Weibel and Sayoni Maitra, PLI Current: The Journal of PLI Press, Vol. 2, No. 4, Autumn 2018.
- “Witnessing Cruelty at the Border,” Morgan Weibel, San Francisco Examiner, op-ed, 23 August 2018.
- “The Asylum Process Under Trump Has Become Arbitrary and Inhumane,” Morgan Weibel, Los Angeles Times, letter to the editor, 8 August 2018.
- “Travel Ban Suspension Has Immigrants Hustling to Get to U.S.,” CBS News San Francisco, Feb. 6, 2017
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