Meet Stephen Manning

Stephen is the founder and executive director of the Innovation Law Lab. He is also a founding partner at Immigrant Law Group PC and an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. Stephen has received multiple awards for his pioneering immigration work, including the 2017 Financial Times Legal Innovator of the Year Award and the 2015 AILA Founders Award. He is a former Commissioner for the City of Portland’s Human Rights Commission. He is on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Oregon and the Board of Directors of Health Bridges International.

Meet Jessica Boell

Jessica is a founding partner at Immigrant Law Group PC in Portland, Oregon and an instructor of immigration law at Portland Community College. She is a nationally known expert in removal defense, family-based immigration, and federal court appeals. Jessica’s past work includes positions at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender. For nearly ten years, she has been selected as a Super Lawyer in Oregon, a designation awarded to the top 5% of lawyers in the state. Jessica received her JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law.

Meet Jennifer Rotman

Jennifer is a lawyer at Immigrant Law Group PC in Portland, Oregon and adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. She is a nationally known expert in naturalization, removal defense, asylum claims, visas for crime victims, family immigration, and federal litigation. She is the EOIR Liaison for the Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and am ambassador to the American Immigration Council. Prior to joining ILG, Jennifer clerked for the Honorable Jose A. Fuste in the United States District Court in Puerto Rico. Jennifer received her JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law.

Meet Alyssa Grass

Alyssa is a Spanish teacher at Portland Public Schools. She is a leading thinker on integrating student identity and culture into education.

Meet Luis Guerra

Luis is the Director of Operations at the United Farm Workers Foundation, where he leads efforts to expand immigration legal services to farm workers across the country. He previously served as the Executive Director at Causa of Oregon, Oregon’s state-wide immigrant rights advocacy organization.

Meet Juliet Stumpf

Juliet is the Robert E. Jones Professor of Advocacy and Ethics at Lewis & Clark Law School, where in 2016 she was awarded the Leo Levenson Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is a scholar of crimmigration law, the intersection of immigration and criminal law. Her current research explores innovation in immigration law and seeks to illuminate the study of immigration law with interdisciplinary insights.

Meet Navneet Kaur

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Meet Ahmer Inam

Ahmer Inam is a data and analytics executive with over 20 years of experience driving organizational transformation with the establishment of analytics CoE and development and deployment of data products. His experience includes leadership roles at Nike Inc., Wells Fargo, Sonic Automotive, and Cambia Health Solutions. Additionally, Ahmer has done analytics consulting for PwC and Quaero for clients like ESPN, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Liberty Tax, and ADP. Ahmer holds two M.S. degrees, one each in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Texas A&M University, and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, India. Ahmer is also the founding member of the Analytics and Big Data Society. When not solving complex business problems with Big Data, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning, Ahmer likes to express himself through photographic mediums and supports environmental justice and human rights causes. Ahmer and his wife live in Portland, OR with their two young children.

Meet Fredi Avila

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Meet Cameron Madill

Cameron is the CEO of PixelSpoke, an award-winning web design & marketing agency that works with credit unions and social enterprises. His extensive volunteer work includes launching business accelerator programs for entrepreneurs in the U.S. and around the world, chairing the Portland community of certified B Corporations — businesses that follow rigorous standards for creating positive environmental, social, and employee impact — and building capacity for Innovation Law Lab in 2017. Cameron received the 2017 Global Citizen of the Year award from Entrepreneurs’ Organization — a worldwide group of over 12,000 leading entrepreneurs — for his work with Innovation Law Lab, the 2018 B Economy Leader by the B Corp community for his work building local B Corp communities, as well as numerous other awards such as the Portland Business Journal 40 Under 40.

Meet Kara Stone

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Meet Eliana Machuca

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Meet Nadia Dahab

Nadia Dahab is a Senior Staff Attorney with Innovation Law Lab and focuses on local, state, and national strategic reform, advocacy, and litigation. Before joining Innovation Law Lab, Nadia practiced at the Portland law firm of Stoll Berne, where she managed a complex trial and appellate litigation practice in both state and federal court. Nadia graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law and served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Rives Kistler of the Oregon Supreme Court and the Honorable Mary H. Murguia and the Honorable Susan P. Graber, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. On weekends, you may find Nadia running the trails of Forest Park or cycling Oregon's scenic backroads.

Meet Ian Philabaum

Ian oversees the Innovation Law Lab Centers of Excellence and manages BorderX. Previously, Ian was the project coordinator at the CARA Pro Bono Project which provides legal representation and advocacy for women and children held in the Dilley Detention Center. Ian holds BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona and a MDP in Development Studies from the University of Arizona.

Meet Mari Núñez

Mari Núñez is the El Paso Immigration Collaborative (EPIC) Project Coordinator through Innovation Law Lab. Her work focuses on the mechanics of the EPIC project, facilitating cases from intake to release and the collection of data on the El Paso ICE jurisdiction. Mari received her Bachelor's magna cum laude in Enterprise Regulation with a minor in Dramatic Arts from St. John's University. Prior to joining Innovation Law Lab, Mari worked at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, where she strengthened their volunteer and pro bono programs, and worked on web development, communications development, fundraising, legal work, and human resources. Mari is a proud El Pasoan who loves dancing, choreographing, and listening to music.

Meet Ariel Prado

Ariel manages the Centers of Excellence in Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. He formerly worked as the project manager for the CARA Pro Bono Project at the Dilley Detention Center. Ariel is excited to work towards ending practices of mass criminalization and incarceration.

Meet Ramon Valdez

Ramon is Innovation Law Lab's Director of Strategic Initiatives & Relationships. Formerly, he managed the Centers of Excellence initiatives in Portland, Oregon and Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to that, Ramon was the project manager for the CARA Pro Bono Project at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. He was drawn to this work by his belief that it is up to every day individuals to organize and collaborate strategically to ensure that human rights and due process are accessible to all.

Meet Jose Cruz Guadarrama

Jose manages the Innovation Law Lab website, and has designed an array of presentations, graphics, and reports for the Innovation Law Lab and other immigrants’ rights organizations. He is passionate about design and immigrants’ rights, and brings artistically inventive and visually appealing design elements to the Innovation Law Lab’s work.

Meet Shizuko Hashimoto

Shizuko graduated from the University Washington School of Law in 2016 after receiving the William H. Gates Public Interest Law Scholarship. Prior to attending law school, she was active as a community organizer in the immigrants’ rights, Central American solidarity, and anti-war movements in Portland. She is a first generation American and is honored to work with immigrant communities and immigrant families.

Meet Tess Hellgren

Tess Hellgren is an attorney and a Justice Catalyst Legal Fellow at Innovation Law Lab. Her work focuses on furthering immigration court reform and creating legal resources to help defend the rights of noncitizens in hostile jurisdictions. Tess received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she represented asylum seekers through the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic and co-directed the student-run Removal Defense Project. She is passionate about using legal tools to further broader movements that advocate for the rights of immigrants and their families.

Before joining Law Lab, Tess worked with detained asylum seekers in the United Kingdom; volunteered with the CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley, Texas; and was a legal intern for the Santa Fe Dreamers Project and a summer law clerk for Immigrant Law Group PC. She holds an M.Sc. in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University. Tess is a member of the Oregon and Florida state bars.

Meet Jordan Cunnings

Jordan Cunnings is a Staff Attorney at Innovation Law Lab. Previously, Jordan represented immigrants in detention centers throughout Southern California as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Public Counsel. She also clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jordan is a proud graduate of UCLA School of Law and its David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work for immigrant rights in her home state of Oregon.

Meet Jessi Berkelhammer

Jessi Berkelhammer is a software engineer with over 15 years experience writing software for nonprofit and activist groups. She is excited to be working on software aiming to end mass incarceration. She holds an MS degree in Logic & Computation from Carnegie Mellon University.

Meet Chris

Chris is a unix nerd, community organizer, and focuses on the back-end infrastructure for LawLab's software. Between childhood John Grisham novels and exposure to incredible immigration attorneys, Chris hopes to sharpen his craft with the urgent purpose of a legal ethos that actually represents justice - a commitment to human rights and equality under the law. Until all of us are free, none of us are free.

Meet Libbey White

Libbey White is proud to be a software engineer for Innovation Law Lab. After spending time working in neuroscience, filmmaking, and data visualization, she had been looking for a way to shift to supporting human rights work. She feels passionately about justice reform, equality, and shared humanity. She draws inspiration from Mary Wollstonecraft, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, and Fred Rogers, among many others. When not writing code, she enjoys creating collages, reading, and hiking.

Meet Mel Beltran

Mel is a web developer, community organizer, part time artist, and immigrant focusing on the front-end Law Lab database. They have over 6 years of experience in web development and supporting non-profits and grassroots organizations with various tech needs. Mel has been invested in building community relationships and fighting back through collective action since their early 20s, after joining a local immigrant youth organizer group. Mel is also a learning visual artist invested in art practices that are community-focused and personally and collectively empowering. Mel is very excited and grateful for the opportunity to use and sharpen their coding skills to fight back against the unjust policies targeting those seeking to be safe & free.

Meet Michele Albaugh

Michele is a lifetime supporter of the rights of people with disabilities. Outside of managing the helpdesk, she is the Director of Learning and Development at a nonprofit organization that provides services to individuals with disabilities.

Meet Elizabeth Skokan

Elizabeth oversees the Operation side of Law Lab. Additionally, she manages the helpdesk and facilitates LawLab training webinars. She previously led the Business Services team at Immigrant Law Group PC. Elizabeth is passionate about languages, art and social interactions. As an immigrant herself, she’s committed to Lawlab's mission to promote and defend the rule of Law for immigrants and refugees.

Meet PJ Podesta

P.J. is an Advocacy Coordinator for BorderX based in California. He has organized direct service, communications, and grassroots campaigns against incarceration and deportation with Pueblo Sin Fronteras and others.

Meet Ana Ortiz Varela

Ana Ortiz Varela is a BorderX Advocacy Coordinator with Innovation Law Lab, collaborating on release strategy for migrants detained alongside the US-Mexico Border. Ana has previously worked with detained migrant families at RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), assisting the Karnes Pro Bono Project in advocacy and data collection, as well as volunteering legal expertise to the migrant women shelter Casa de Maria y Marta. Ana is a visual artist working with circles and floral adornment, as well as an organizing member of the San Anto Zine Fest. Ana heals and creates with Texas Refugee and Immigrant Network (TRAIN) and is a co-founder of the online and print publication La Liga Zine, a NALAC Fund for the Arts 2016 grantee publication. Ana is a poet dedicated to serving migrants through art, independent publishing, and abolitionist practice.

Meet Ben Grass

Facilitating the role of Legal Program Coordinator with a focus on Equity Corps of Oregon, Ben is a tinkerer in constant pursuit of civic betterment. With a background in international development and hospitality, coupled with a lifelong commitment to the service of marginalized populations, Ben strives to meet people where they are - building trust to empower change. A coach, a cook, a runner and a rabble-rouser.

Meet Kelsey Provo

Kelsey Provo is a Staff Attorney with the Innovation Law Lab, where she provides strategic and tactical assistance on pro bono cases placed through the Centers of Excellence. Prior to joining Innovation Law Lab, Kelsey represented immigrants in removal proceedings in Southern California and specialized in representing detained immigrants who had been found incompetent due to a mental illness or disability pursuant to the Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder litigation. Kelsey earned her J.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of Oregon. Her Master’s thesis, “Immigrants Without Rights: Questioning the Role of International Human Rights Law in U.S. Detention and Deportation Policies,” analyzes whether international law has the potential to influence U.S. immigration laws and questions whether international human rights laws can adequately protect immigrants’ rights in removal proceedings.

Meet Andrea Gonzalez

Andrea formerly worked as a paralegal for the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP), where she provided legal services to detained asylum seeking families and their children. Andrea also organized and participated in several awareness raising and community actions events for migrant’s rights in Mexico and the US. Andrea wants to continue supporting asylum seekers by facilitating and simplify the process of accessing legal counsel. Her goal is to create a community which would offer legal services and support for our immigrant community. Andrea is a dedicated and passionate immigrant’s rights advocate who fights for ensuring due process to asylum seekers.

Meet Aliya Naim

Aliya Naim is the Defend Asylum Coordinator for the Atlanta pro se asylum workshops in Atlanta. Prior to joining the Innovation Law Lab team, she worked at the Latin American Association. She obtained her B.A. in International Affairs and Arabic at the University of Georgia and her M.A. in Migration and Diaspora Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, where she did research on the Syrian refugee crisis and countering violent extremism legislation. Prior to graduate school, she spent several years at The Carter Center working on international election observation in North and West Africa.

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