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Aaron C. Morris
Aaron C. Morris
Executive Director

Aaron C. Morris

Aaron directs Immigration Equality’s law and policy programs. He supervises the in-house legal staff, and advocates for policy reform within the immigration system. He has worked at Immigration Equality since 2008, when he joined the team as a staff attorney. Aaron is a graduate of the American University’s Washington College of Law and the University of Oklahoma. Before joining Immigration Equality, he was an immigration staff attorney in the Office of Legal Affairs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Aaron is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the New York City Bar Association, and the LGBT Bar Association.
Bryan Deschamps
Bryan Deschamps
Development Assistant

André St. Clair

André St. Clair is our Special Events and Development Manager. Black, gay, transgender, of working-class upbringing, and a new American citizen from Jamaica, André is an interdisciplinary artist, producer, speaker and activist. She is interested in promoting cultural and aesthetic diversity of viewpoints, experience and expression for the realization of equality. St. Clair holds an Honors B.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Brown University. Since graduating from Brown in 2005, she has earned an MA and and MFA, respectively in Performance Studies from New York Univeristy/Tisch School of the Arts and in Acting from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Gender and sexuality continue to politically shape her work. She captures her coming-of-age and coming out in her contribution to the award-winning anthology “For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough,” edited by CNBC contributor Keith Boykin.
Daniel Levin
Daniel Levin
Asylum Paralegal

Natalie Goncharov

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Natalie is our first legal professional that is fluent in the Russian language. She holds a BS in Politics, Philosophy and Law with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Binghamton University. She has a decade of experience in political and community organizing in New York City. She previously worked with the National Lawyers Guild and The Law Office of Gideon Oliver. While at Binghamton University, she was a community organizer and worked with the Neighborhood Assemblies Project as an AmeriCorp VISTA. In addition, she attended the City University of New York School of Law for two semesters.
Héctor Ruiz
Héctor Ruiz
Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow

Palmer Lawrence

Palmer is an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow. She provides direct representation to LGBT and HIV-positive clients in immigration proceedings and in filing affirmative applications for immigration status. Palmer received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her undergraduate degree from Emory University. During the last year, Palmer worked as a fellow with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program where she contributed to Deborah Anker’s Law of Asylum in the United States and provided representation to immigrant clients at Greater Boston Legal Services. During law school, Palmer served as a Contributing Editor to the Michigan Journal of Race & Law and interned for the Executive Office of Immigration Review, Human Rights Watch, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Regional Bureau for Africa, Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Aid, and Legal Aid of Cambodia. She received the Michigan Program in Refugee and Asylum Law Fellowship and participated in the drafting of The Michigan Guidelines on the Exclusion of International Criminals.
Jackie Yodashkin
Jackie Yodashkin
Public Affairs Director

Im Senephimmachack

Im joined Immigration Equality as Development Director in April 2015, bringing over 13 years of fundraising experience. Prior to joining Immigration Equality, Im served as Executive Director of the California chapter of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Im also raised funds for the largest lupus and HIV/AIDS organizations in the U.S., including the Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), Whitman-Walker Health, GMHC, and APLA. His career in the health sector spans both coasts – New York City, Washington, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Jennifer Carrel
Jennifer Carrel
Operations Director

Jennifer Carrel

Jennifer is responsible for the smooth and efficient day-to-day operation of the entire organization, including human resources, financial management, information technology, and managing our office managers. She holds an MBA from Indiana University and has a BA in Political Philosophy and Art History from Earlham College. Jennifer brings over a decade of management experience to our expanding offices from her previous experience in knowledge management for the architecture firm Perkins Eastman and in the development team at the Whitney Museum.
Joel Perez-Romano
Joel Perez-Romano
Asylum Paralegal

Natalie Goncharov

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Natalie is our first legal professional that is fluent in the Russian language. She holds a BS in Politics, Philosophy and Law with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Binghamton University. She has a decade of experience in political and community organizing in New York City. She previously worked with the National Lawyers Guild and The Law Office of Gideon Oliver. While at Binghamton University, she was a community organizer and worked with the Neighborhood Assemblies Project as an AmeriCorp VISTA. In addition, she attended the City University of New York School of Law for two semesters.
Matthew Johnson
Matthew Johnson
Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow

Palmer Lawrence

Palmer is an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow. She provides direct representation to LGBT and HIV-positive clients in immigration proceedings and in filing affirmative applications for immigration status. Palmer received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her undergraduate degree from Emory University. During the last year, Palmer worked as a fellow with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program where she contributed to Deborah Anker’s Law of Asylum in the United States and provided representation to immigrant clients at Greater Boston Legal Services. During law school, Palmer served as a Contributing Editor to the Michigan Journal of Race & Law and interned for the Executive Office of Immigration Review, Human Rights Watch, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Regional Bureau for Africa, Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Aid, and Legal Aid of Cambodia. She received the Michigan Program in Refugee and Asylum Law Fellowship and participated in the drafting of The Michigan Guidelines on the Exclusion of International Criminals.
Nishan Bhaumik
Nishan Bhaumik
Staff Attorney, Pro Bono Program

Dorian Needham

Dorian works to expand and enhance Immigration Equality’s pro bono asylum project for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants. His experience with the project began during his years at a major law firm in New York, where he devoted his pro bono hours to direct representation of asylum-seekers referred by Immigration Equality and appearing before USCIS and in removal proceedings. This work built upon his experience as a fellow in the Protection Unit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Japan. Dorian obtained his BA from Princeton University, as well as dual common- and civil-law degrees from McGill University, where he served as an Editor of the McGill Law Journal, Executive Editor of the McGill Journal of Law and Health, and General Coordinator of the Law Faculty’s Human Rights Working Group.
Paul Lotierzo
Paul Lotierzo
Senior Development Manager

André St. Clair

André St. Clair is our Special Events and Development Manager. Black, gay, transgender, of working-class upbringing, and a new American citizen from Jamaica, André is an interdisciplinary artist, producer, speaker and activist. She is interested in promoting cultural and aesthetic diversity of viewpoints, experience and expression for the realization of equality. St. Clair holds an Honors B.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Brown University. Since graduating from Brown in 2005, she has earned an MA and and MFA, respectively in Performance Studies from New York Univeristy/Tisch School of the Arts and in Acting from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Gender and sexuality continue to politically shape her work. She captures her coming-of-age and coming out in her contribution to the award-winning anthology “For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough,” edited by CNBC contributor Keith Boykin.
Paulina Leyva
Paulina Leyva
Asylum Paralegal

Natalie Goncharov

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Natalie is our first legal professional that is fluent in the Russian language. She holds a BS in Politics, Philosophy and Law with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Binghamton University. She has a decade of experience in political and community organizing in New York City. She previously worked with the National Lawyers Guild and The Law Office of Gideon Oliver. While at Binghamton University, she was a community organizer and worked with the Neighborhood Assemblies Project as an AmeriCorp VISTA. In addition, she attended the City University of New York School of Law for two semesters.
Piibe Jogi
Piibe Jogi
Staff Attorney, Pro Bono Program

Dorian Needham

Dorian works to expand and enhance Immigration Equality’s pro bono asylum project for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants. His experience with the project began during his years at a major law firm in New York, where he devoted his pro bono hours to direct representation of asylum-seekers referred by Immigration Equality and appearing before USCIS and in removal proceedings. This work built upon his experience as a fellow in the Protection Unit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Japan. Dorian obtained his BA from Princeton University, as well as dual common- and civil-law degrees from McGill University, where he served as an Editor of the McGill Law Journal, Executive Editor of the McGill Journal of Law and Health, and General Coordinator of the Law Faculty’s Human Rights Working Group.
Sidney Jackson Jr.
Sidney Jackson Jr.
Development Director

André St. Clair

André St. Clair is our Special Events and Development Manager. Black, gay, transgender, of working-class upbringing, and a new American citizen from Jamaica, André is an interdisciplinary artist, producer, speaker and activist. She is interested in promoting cultural and aesthetic diversity of viewpoints, experience and expression for the realization of equality. St. Clair holds an Honors B.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Brown University. Since graduating from Brown in 2005, she has earned an MA and and MFA, respectively in Performance Studies from New York Univeristy/Tisch School of the Arts and in Acting from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Gender and sexuality continue to politically shape her work. She captures her coming-of-age and coming out in her contribution to the award-winning anthology “For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough,” edited by CNBC contributor Keith Boykin.
Spencer Tilger
Spencer Tilger
Public Affairs Manager

Dorian Needham

Dorian works to expand and enhance Immigration Equality’s pro bono asylum project for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants. His experience with the project began during his years at a major law firm in New York, where he devoted his pro bono hours to direct representation of asylum-seekers referred by Immigration Equality and appearing before USCIS and in removal proceedings. This work built upon his experience as a fellow in the Protection Unit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Japan. Dorian obtained his BA from Princeton University, as well as dual common- and civil-law degrees from McGill University, where he served as an Editor of the McGill Law Journal, Executive Editor of the McGill Journal of Law and Health, and General Coordinator of the Law Faculty’s Human Rights Working Group.
Stephen Martinez
Stephen Martinez
Office Manager

Jennifer Carrel

Jennifer is responsible for the smooth and efficient day-to-day operation of the entire organization, including human resources, financial management, information technology, and managing our office managers. She holds an MBA from Indiana University and has a BA in Political Philosophy and Art History from Earlham College. Jennifer brings over a decade of management experience to our expanding offices from her previous experience in knowledge management for the architecture firm Perkins Eastman and in the development team at the Whitney Museum.
T.J. Berardo
T.J. Berardo
Foundation Relations Manager

André St. Clair

André St. Clair is our Special Events and Development Manager. Black, gay, transgender, of working-class upbringing, and a new American citizen from Jamaica, André is an interdisciplinary artist, producer, speaker and activist. She is interested in promoting cultural and aesthetic diversity of viewpoints, experience and expression for the realization of equality. St. Clair holds an Honors B.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Brown University. Since graduating from Brown in 2005, she has earned an MA and and MFA, respectively in Performance Studies from New York Univeristy/Tisch School of the Arts and in Acting from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Gender and sexuality continue to politically shape her work. She captures her coming-of-age and coming out in her contribution to the award-winning anthology “For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough,” edited by CNBC contributor Keith Boykin.
Yleana E. Roman
Yleana Roman
Staff Attorney, Pro Bono Program

Dorian Needham

Dorian works to expand and enhance Immigration Equality’s pro bono asylum project for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants. His experience with the project began during his years at a major law firm in New York, where he devoted his pro bono hours to direct representation of asylum-seekers referred by Immigration Equality and appearing before USCIS and in removal proceedings. This work built upon his experience as a fellow in the Protection Unit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Japan. Dorian obtained his BA from Princeton University, as well as dual common- and civil-law degrees from McGill University, where he served as an Editor of the McGill Law Journal, Executive Editor of the McGill Journal of Law and Health, and General Coordinator of the Law Faculty’s Human Rights Working Group.