(please click on name below for contact information, and to read full staff bios)Dan Kesselbrenner, Executive Director
Program Areas: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions, Deportation and Detention, Post-9/11 Issues, DACA
Phone: 617-227-9727 x2 · Email: Dan Kesselbrenner
Dan Kesselbrenner is a nationally recognized expert on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and on contesting deportability in immigration proceedings. Dan is co-author of Immigration Law and Crimes, which was cited in the 2010 Supreme Court decision, Padilla v. Kentucky, and has also authored numerous articles on immigration law. Dan has trained over 5,000 attorneys for the criminal defense bar as well as state judges in immigration consequences. He serves as mentor to scores of attorneys. A former member of the Clinton-Gore Department of Justice Immigrant Transition Team, Dan’s work advancing and defending immigrants’ rights has earned him numerous awards, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Jack Wasserman Litigation Award. Dan has directed the National immigration Project since 1986.
Program Areas: Detention and Deportation, Enforcement, Gangs and Immigration, DACA
Phone: 617-227-9727 x1 · Email: Paromita Shah
Paromita Shah has served as Associate Director since 2005, specializing in immigration detention and enforcement. She is a contributing author and co-presenter of the “Deportation 101” curriculum, participates in regular advocacy efforts with ICE officials, and has created an abundance of resources for communities affected by heightened immigration enforcement efforts. Previously, Paromita served as director of Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition in Washington, DC, where she conducted presentations in regional county jails, trained attorneys, assessed detainee claims for relief, and conducted liaison meetings with DHS and DOJ. She also worked as a staff attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services.
Phone: 617-227-9727 x5 · Email: Pamela Goldstein
Pamela Goldstein has worked in non-profit resource development, communications, and capacity-building for over 25 years. Prior to joining the National Immigration Project in 2010, she held senior development positions at Oxfam America, the Cambridge Women’s Center, and at CASA, the Central America Solidarity Association. Pamela brings a passion for social justice struggles and the role of philanthropic partnership to her work, and holds a Masters in Public Administration, as well as a certificate in Executive Education, from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Phone: 617-227-9727 x4 · Email: Ellen Kemp
Longtime staffer Ellen Kemp changed roles in 2016 to serve as NIPNLG's Finance and Human Resources Director. Ellen has worked at the National Immigration Project since 2002, previously as a legal worker advocate specializing in issues involving access to immigration status for noncitizen crime victims, including survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and survivors of workplace crimes. Ellen also managed NIPNLG’s continuing legal education program for attorneys for nearly 15 years.
Phone: 617-227-9727 x7 · Email: Ana Manigat
Ana Manigat oversees and maintains the National Immigration Project's database records, including membership, payment status, seminar registration, address changes, and on-line payment information. Ana also manages the National Immigration Project’s listservs, including National Immigration Project (membership) and Crim-imm (Criminal and Immigration Law). Ana joined the staff of the National Immigration Project in 2002.
Program Areas: Civil Rights, Enforcement, Deportation Defense, Grassroots Campaign Support
Phone: 617-227-9727 x6 · Email: "Julie" Mao
"Julie" Yihong Mao was a staff attorney at the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ), where she provided legal and strategic support to its membership of immigrant workers in the Deep South and guestworkers across the country. She has represented immigrants in civil rights litigation against the unlawful practices of law enforcement, provided legal campaign support that led to the end of ICE holds in New Orleans, and worked with hundreds of grassroots community members to fight their deportations and demand ICE accountability. A former Equal Justice Works fellow, Julie is a 2011 graduate of NYU School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar and a student of the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic.
Program Areas: Detention Conditions, Civil Rights, Motions to Suppress
Phone: 617-227-9727 · Email: Elizabeth Simpson
Before joining NIPNLG in late November 2017, Elizabeth Simpson was a staff attorney at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, where she represented state prisoners in civil rights lawsuits concerning conditions of confinement in state prisons, including use of excessive force, solitary confinement, and inadequate medical care. Previously, Elizabeth worked in both legal and advocacy roles defending immigrants' rights as an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. She has clerked for the Honorable Denny Chin on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Elizabeth has also served as an adjunct clinical professor at the UNC School of Law, and worked in a programmatic role at the Southern Vision Alliance, an organization that incubates community organizing among queer youth. Elizabeth holds a BA from the University of Virginia and a JD from Yale Law School.
Program Areas: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions, Deportation and Detention
Phone: 617-227-9727 x108 · Email: Sejal Zota
Sejal Zota works on issues of removal defense, post-conviction, enforcement, and immigration consequences of crimes through litigation, education, and technical assistance. Previously, Sejal taught and wrote about the impacts of immigration on state and local government at University of North Carolina's School of Government. She also regularly trained and advised defense attorneys throughout North Carolina on the immigration consequences of crime, and is the lead author of Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in North Carolina. Prior to her work at UNC, Sejal worked as an instructor in the Immigrant Rights Clinic at NYU School of Law, as a public defender with the Bronx Defenders, and as a Kirkland and Ellis Fellow at the Immigrant Defense Project. She earned a BA from Duke University and a JD from NYU School of Law.