Krsna Avila, Staff Attorney - Immigrant Legal Resource Center
While in law school, Krsna worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington D.C. and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California where he supported litigation regarding free speech and racial discrimination issues. He also participated in the Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic, where he helped represent clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Krsna also volunteered with the European Council on Refugees and was an editorial member for the Cornell Legal Information Institute U.S. Supreme Court Bulletin.Krsna earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis, and his law degree from Cornell Law School where he received the 2017 Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights for his commitment to civil rights and public service.
Jehan Laner, Staff Attorney - Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Growing up in a family and community of immigrants, Jehan is deeply committed to defending the human rights of all people. Jehan joined the ILRC in June 2022. Prior to joining the ILRC, Jehan represented detained and non-detained immigrants in removal proceedings at Pangea Legal Services and as an Immigration Legal Fellow with Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto. Jehan also fought for policies to disentangle local law enforcement from immigration enforcement, as a Ford Fellow with Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus’s Criminal Justice Reform program. Jehan received her J.D. from New York University Law School. During law school, Jehan was a student advocate for two years in the Immigrant Rights Clinic where she defended immigrants facing deportation. In the clinic, she represented asylum seekers in immigration court in New York and Texas and co-authored amicus briefs before the Eight Circuit and Board of Immigration Appeals. Jehan speaks Spanish fluently.
Mary Yanik, Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director - Tulane Immigrant Rights Clinic
Mary Yanik is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Tulane Immigrant Rights Clinic. She specializes in assisting immigrant workers, including victims of labor trafficking, and in defending constitutional rights of immigrants. Yanik previously worked at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, leading a law & organizing practice in support of community-directed campaigns for labor, migrant, and racial justice. She has represented dozens of immigrant workers in reporting labor abuse to the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and to the National Labor Relations Board, as well as in seeking immigration protections because of their labor exploitation. Yanik received her J.D. from Yale Law School and, before that, received degrees in Chemistry and Government/Politics from University of Maryland. After law school, she clerked for Judge David F. Hamilton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Bliss Requa-Trautz, Executive Director - Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center
Bliss Requa-Trautz is the Executive Director of Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center. The Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center unites day laborers, domestic workers, immigrant workers and low wage workers to defend their rights, fight for dignity and win justice for all. She brings more than a decade of experience in community organizing around issues of economic justice, immigrant justice, and education. She holds Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Labor Studies Certificate from the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Labor Studies and Worker Education at City University of New York
Ann Garcia - Staff Attorney, National Immigration Project (NIPNLG)