(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 been working in non-profit development, communications, and capacity-building for over 25 years. Prior to joining the National Immigration Project in 2010, she held senior development positions at the international anti-poverty agency Oxfam America, at the Cambridge Women’s Center, and at CASA, the Central America Solidarity Association. Pamela brings a passion for social justice struggles to her work, and holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Pamela is proud to be supporting the National Immigration Project's mission, and invites you to contact her anytime to provide feedback on NIPNLG's work.
Phone: 617-227-9727 x 4 · Email: Ellen Kemp
Longtime staffer Ellen Kemp changed roles in 2016 to serve as NIPNLG's Finance and Human Resources Manager. Since 2002, Ellen has worked at the National Immigration Project. Previously, she was a legal worker advocate specializing in issues involving access to immigration status for noncitizen crime victims, including survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as survivors of workplace crimes. Ellen also managed NIPNLG’s continuing legal education program for attorneys for nearly 15 years. Ellen looks forward to embracing fresh challenges and opportunities in her new role.
Phone: 617-227-9727 x 7 · Email: Ana Manigat
Ana Manigat oversees and maintains the National Immigration Project's database records, including membership data, payment status, seminar registration, address changes, and on-line payment information. Ana also manages the National Immigration Project’s many 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: Litigation Strategy, Reinstatement of Removal, Government Accountability
Phone: 617-227-9727 x8 · Email: Trina Realmuto
Trina Realmuto's work primarily focuses on litigation before the federal courts on issues related to removal defense and government accountability.
Previously, Trina wrote amicus briefs and practice advisories for the American Immigration Council. She also has worked abroad representing noncitizens applying for visas at U.S. embassies and consulates.
Trina began her career as an associate attorney at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale where she concentrated on removal defense and complex federal court litigation. Trina has argued and litigated several precedent decisions on behalf of noncitizens and amicus curiae, written numerous practice advisories, and is a frequent presenter on immigration issues. In 2015, the American Immigration Lawyers Association awarded her the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation.
Program Areas: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions, Deportation and Detention
Phone: 617-227-9727 x108 · Email: Sejal Zota
Sejal Zota's work focuses on the implementation of the Supreme Court's decision in Padilla v. Kentucky through education, litigation support, and technical assistance. Previously, Sejal taught, consulted, and wrote about the impacts of immigration on state and local government at the University of North Carolina's School of Government. She also worked with indigent defenders and other criminal court personnel on the intersection of criminal and immigration law.
She is the lead author of Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in North Carolina. Sejal has worked as a teaching fellow in the Immigrant Rights Clinic of the New York University School of Law, as a public defender with the Bronx Defenders, and as a Kirkland and Ellis fellow at the Immigrant Defense Project.