Jurg Zundel, Esq. | President
Counsel, Latin America & Caribbean, Legal Services Division, Caterpillar, Inc.
Jurg Zundel has held a wide variety of positions in the USA and abroad during his 20 years with Caterpillar, Inc. He is currently based in Miami and oversees all legal services in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Mr. Zundel holds a Swiss law degree from the University of Zurich and a U.S. law degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He is a member of the advisory committee of the South Florida Group of Regional Counsel, a group dedicated to providing a platform for in-house counsel of 175 multinational companies located in South Florida.
Previously, Mr. Zundel was a volunteer with Junior Achievement, contributed to a pro bono project in Kenya initiated by Lawyers Without Borders, and participated in the Corporate Volunteering project lead by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH). He joined the Board of Directors of AI Justice in 2013.
I hope that my insights and perspectives as an immigrant will help make a difference at this important moment in history when we are seriously exploring ways to reform immigration.
Ilaria Pezzatini | Vice President
Senior Vice President, Northern Trust
Ms. Pezzatini, a native of Italy and a graduate of the University of Miami, is responsible for managing large and complex relationships with Wealth Advisory Services clients ($10 to $200 million), both on the domestic and the international side of the business. She is responsible for overall client satisfaction and uses her broad-based fiduciary knowledge, experience, and bank resources to identify opportunities for her clients. She joined the Board of Directors of AI Justice in 2012.
I decided to join the Board of AI Justice because the cause is near and dear to my heart. I am an American, born and raised in Italy. I have lived in the United States for over 20 years now, and I am still experiencing "immigrant" injustice and discrimination. This is a great country, and its greatness is due in part to its diversity. No one should be treated unjustly because of his or her national origin.
Jose Sepulveda, Esq. | Treasurer
Partner, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson
Jose Sepulveda is a litigation partner at Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson. He volunteered with AI Justice (then FIAC) while a law student.
Mr. Sepulveda’s practice focuses on complex business litigation in both state and federal courts, with an emphasis on banking, creditors’ rights, and lender liability claims. Mr. Sepulveda is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. He is a member of the Belen Jesuit Preparatory School Alumni Association and the Cuban American Bar Association. He joined the Board of Directors of AI Justice in 2013.
I am excited to have been given the opportunity to serve on the board. I look forward to working with the members to further AI Justice's goals.
Sharon Kegerreis, Esq. | Secretary
Of Counsel, Berger Singerman
Sharon Kegerreis is a trial attorney with extensive experience in a wide variety of litigation matters, including white-collar criminal cases, intellectual property disputes and complex commercial matters. She has tried over 40 cases before juries and has briefed and argued numerous appeals in the federal and state appellate courts. Sharon represents individuals and corporations in federal grand jury investigations, SEC enforcement proceedings, and other regulatory matters. She has handled internal investigations involving all aspects of corporate misconduct including bank fraud, accounting fraud, mail and wire fraud, FCPA violations, tax violations and bribery. She has advised companies on the design of corporate compliance programs related to money laundering, Patriot Act issues and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
I am delighted to join the Board at AI Justice not just because of its longstanding advocacy for sensible immigration reform, but because this organization defends the people directly affected by our immigration laws and policies -- the undocumented children crossing the borders in record numbers, the victims of traffickers and the Dream Act children who lived most of their lives here and know no other country. I couldn’t be prouder of the work that AI Justice does and am happy to do my part to support it.
Carl E. Goldfarb, Esq. | At-Large
Partner, Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP
Carl Goldfarb's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, often involving antitrust, intellectual property, or unfair competition claims. He also specializes in class action litigation, regularly representing defendants and plaintiffs, in trial and appellate courts throughout the country.
Mr. Goldfarb is also co-lead counsel in the firm's pro bono representation of a certified class of 1.5 million children seeking to enforce federal Medicaid rights in federal court in Florida, for which the Florida Medical Association in October 2012 recognized him with its Distinguished Layman Award.
He is fluent in Spanish and has significant experience in litigation that has a nexus to Latin America. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctor from Yale University. He joined the Board of Directors of AI Justice in 2000.
I serve on the board of Americans for Immigrant Justice because I am the grandchild of immigrants and have been incredibly fortunate and blessed in my life, and find joy in lending a helping hand to others in need.
Johanna Rousseaux, Esq. | At-Large
Of Counsel, Jones Day
Johanna Rousseaux's practice is focused on the resolution of complex disputes before U.S., foreign, and international tribunals. With over 20 years of experience working in Latin America and Europe, first in the business sector and then as a lawyer, Johanna understands the cultural contexts of disputes and brings a unique perspective on opportunities to resolve them. She works closely with clients, foreign counsel, witnesses, and experts to develop a cohesive strategy appropriate for the conflicting demands of widely different legal systems. Johanna has extensive experience with state, federal, and appellate litigation and cross-border discovery, trial before foreign tribunals, private and treaty-based arbitration, mediation, and consultation with government agencies. She represents one of the world's largest energy companies in an historic, multiforum case involving a foreign government, its state oil company, individual plaintiffs, and the international coalition of lawyers and activists who support them.
Johanna also leads a pro bono project within Jones Day's Rule of Law initiative that researches civil and human rights issues and prepares training materials for lawyers in Latin America. The partner entity, a prominent legal NGO, recognized Johanna's efforts as representative of the Firm's "singular and outstanding" commitment to pro bono work.
Before joining Jones Day, Johanna was a program officer at the Arias Foundation, founded by Nobel Peace laureate and president of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias. While heading the foundation's conflict resolution and prevention program, she also worked closely with Dr. Arias on several of his personal initiatives, including a peace education program and a proposed code of conduct that recently culminated in the UN Arms Trade Treaty.
Paulina Holguin Askins
David Barbeito, CPA
Principal, De La Hoz, Perez, & Barbeito, PA
As the son of immigrants who were given an opportunity to create a family and raise their children in this country, I personally know the impact that organizations like AI Justice can have in people's lives.
Jacqueline Becerra, Esq.
Partner, Greenberg Traurig LLP
A highly experienced litigator at Greenberg Traurig LLP, Jacqueline Becerra represents individuals and entities in a broad range of both complex civil and criminal matters. Ms. Becerra's practice includes commercial, securities, employment, patent and trademark litigation, as well as criminal matters, including internal corporate investigations and advising clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Ms Becerra practiced in the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Ms. Becerra has been a supporter of AI Justice for several years, learning of the organization as a result of her firm's on-going support of our work. A Miami native, Ms. Becerra joined the Board of Directors of AI Justice in 2013, which reflects her commitment to both access to justice for all and to her family's immigrant history.
It is an honor to be a part of an organization that embodies so much of what makes us a great country.
Director, Global-Local Links Project
Tanya Dawkins is the founder and executive director of the Global Local Links Project, an initiative working to put people and communities at the center of the global economy. Her work focuses on engaging the question of what it means to build citizen and community power in an age of intensifying globalization(s).
Ms. Dawkins is an independent analyst, social entrepreneur, writer and regular commentator on the interconnectedness of global and local issues including trade, globalization, foreign policy, migration, human rights, social justice, public policy, leadership and citizen action. She joined the Board of Directors of AI Justice in 2001.
John De Leon, Esq.
Principal, Chavez & De Leon, PA
The Law Offices of Chavez & de Leon, P.A., opened in February 2003, and has grown into one of the premier personal injury, civil rights, employment and immigration related firms in the Southeastern United States. The Chavez and De Leon legal team advocates for their non-English speaking clients, helping them navigate an often confusing and intimidating American legal system which is increasingly legislating anti-immigrant laws.
Mr. De Leon is also the consulting attorney for the Consulate General of Mexico, and has been awarded a “Reconocimiento” by the Consulate General of Mexico for his work on behalf of Mexican Nationals, and the Centro Comuninitrario Hondureno, and received Certificates of Appreciation from Jobs with Justice, We Count, and the Organizacion Guatemalteca Maya Quetzal, as well as receiving the Stanley Milledge Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Miami American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Mr. De Leon earned his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Miami, his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and his Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He joined the Board of Directors of AI Justice in 2006.
AI Justice is the most significant immigrant rights organization in Florida. As a lawyer, I am committed to the rights of all individuals who reside in the United States. As an organization, AI Justice is committed to protecting the rights of those most vulnerable among us. Its mission is what guarantees the greatness of our country.
Cristina Dominguez, Esq.
Cristina Dominguez Homes
A Florida native, whose parents are immigrants, Ms. Dominguez is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. An entrepreneur, she owns and operates Cristina Dominguez Homes. Previously, she had careers as an attorney and as the owner of a Marimekko store on Miami Beach. An ardent AI Justice supporter, Ms. Dominguez stepped down from the Board for a year and a half to work as an attorney with our Children's Program. She first joined the Board of Directors of AI Justice in 2007.
I am honored to be on the Board of AI Justice. My work for a year and a half with the attorneys there and the vulnerable immigrant children they serve has deepened my commitment to AI Justice.
Kimberly Green, Ph.D.
President, Green Family Foundation
An accomplished philanthropist, writer and documentary-filmmaker, Kimberly Green has led the Green Family Foundation (GFF) since 1997. Under her leadership, GFF has spearheaded a variety of initiatives in Haiti and in her native Miami.
Ms. Green, who directed and produced the award-winning documentary “Once There Was a Country: Revisiting Haiti” (narrated by Dr. Maya Angelou and Guy Johnson), also oversees the Cultural Committee for the Clinton Global Initiative Haiti Action Network. She joined the Board of Directors of AI Justice in 2005.
Asst. Professor of Communications, Barry University
Connie Hicks has taught at Barry University since 2004, as an Assistant Professor/Professional in Residence in the Communication Department’s broadcast program. Prior to that, she was a television news reporter for more than twenty five years, working in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Rhode Island and Miami. She has won two Emmys, awards from the Associated Press and the American Bar Association, and been recognized for her reporting on crime and minority issues. In the course of her career she produced and anchored the news as well as covered riots, hurricanes, death row, trials, reported from Cuba and Haiti and investigated public corruption.
She received her BA degrees in Sociology and Political Science from Macalester College. She joined the Board of Directors of AI Justice in 2006.
I want to stop the hideous trafficking of women and children. I want undocumented women who are the victims of domestic abuse to feel free to report their abuser and get help. I want to see children brought here by their parents to be able to further their education in the only country they know as “home.” I want the law-abiding immigrants who have lived and worked here to continue to contribute to this society. I want to educate those who oppose immigration reforms to realize that is is in their best interest to support reform, that immigrants are people who consider living and working here to be a gift that they deeply appreciate. That is why I am on on the Board of Directors of Americans for Immigrant Justice.
Markenzy Lapointe, Esq.
Partner, Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP
Mr. Lapointe practices commercial and federal criminal litigation and high-risk product liability. Before joining Boies Schiller & Flexner, Mr. Lapointe served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida, where he served in various divisions. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Lapointe headed numerous grand jury investigations, tried a variety of cases and handled appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He began his career with a 2-year clerkship with the Honorable Harry Lee Anstead of the Florida Supreme Court, and has published in the areas of constitutional and statutory law.
Mr. Lapointe is very involved both in local, state and national bar associations and his community. He is a member of the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration, and various local bars. He is a former member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Rules and Procedures for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
In 2010, Mr. Lapointe was awarded the Legal Aid/Put Something Back Pro Bono Award in Child Advocacy and the Daily Business Review's 2010 Most Effective Lawyer Award for Pro Bono in Family Law. He also spends time at high schools and the juvenile detention center through various organizations, including Legal Up!, in an effort to positively impact inner city youth.
Mr. Lapointe has served in the U. S. Marines as a reservist from 1987 to 1993 and as an active member during Operation Desert Storm in 1990-1991, receiving the National Defense Service Medal. He is fluent in Creole and French.
David Lawrence Jr.
Chair, The Children's Movement of Florida
David Lawrence Jr. is a nationally known journalist who retired at 56, subsequently becoming a leading national advocate for children, especially in the area of early childhood learning and investment. The former publisher of The Miami Herald as well as executive editor and publisher of the Detroit Free Press, he now serves as the president of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation.
Mr. Lawrence also chairs The Children's Movement of Florida, a citizen-led, non-partisan movement to educate political, business and civic leaders -- and parents -- about the urgent need to make the well-being of children, especially in their earliest years, Florida's highest priority. He has 12 honorary doctorates and has chaired United Way, the New World School of Arts, the Everglades Foundation and the Foundation for Child Development. He joined the Board of Directors of AI Justice in 2012.
I serve because AI Justice represents to me basic American decency, justice and wisdom.
Janet R. McAliley
Former Member, Miami-Dade County School Board
Janet McAliley is a former member of the Miami-Dade County School Board. She was first elected to the School Board in 1980 and was subsequently re-elected three times, serving for four terms until 1996. Among her many accomplishments during her tenure was helping an undocumented high school student secure status so that she could attend college. This experience was the basis for her interest in the plight of undocumented immigrants.
Mrs. McAliley continued to become involved with the immigration issues of undocumented students who so badly wanted to attend school in this country and came to know Cheryl Little through this work.
Mrs. McAliley grew up in South Florida and is a graduate of The University of Florida. Her three children attended Miami Dade County Public Schools. She was a founding member of the Board of Directors in 1996.
I serve on AI Justice’s board because due to my experiences growing up, I have a soft spot for people who are experiencing tough times.
Khalid M. Mirza
President, Palmetto Sub-Acute Care Center
Khalid Mirza is a successful entrepreneur, and a compassionate champion of humanitarian and community causes. He is the founder and president of Palmetto Subacute Care Center, a Five-Star medical rehab care facility. He also presides over Mirza Group Inc., a Real Estate investment and management company. He holds a Masters' degree in Healthcare Administration from Long Island University, New York.
He is the President of UHI Community Care Clinic, a free preventive care facility in Miami Gardens for the uninsured and underinsured population. He is a founding member of COSMOS,(Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations),and Chairman of ICGM, (Islamic Center of Greater Miami). He is a member of Unity Production Foundation and is actively engaged in interfaith bridge-building and outreach. Additionally,he is a member of MIAMI DADE CORE-Communities Organized to response to emergencies;Service for Peace;and a former member-and later President of the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Miami.
I believe born or landed, there is an immigrant in every American; supporting AI Justice is a basic American value; we cannot ignore the plight of men, women and children in distress and uncertain future.
Nilda R. Pedrosa
Regional Practice Development Director, White & Case LLP
William Sancho heads the regional client development efforts at White & Case LLP’s Miami office. With 38 offices in 26 countries, White & Case is a leading global law firm.
Prior to joining White & Case, Mr. Sancho served as the co-founder and Vice President of Look Worldwide, Inc. and 365 Promotions, Inc., both marketing and media consultancies whose clients included AOL, The Miami Herald, The New York Daily News, and Apple Plastics.
Mr. Sancho’s marketing career began as a collegiate representative for IBM at the Florida State University, and has since included entrepreneurial and corporate experience in business development, marketing and sales management. Past clients include: Citibank, Nestlé, The Weather Channel, and Unilever. He joined the Board of Directors of AI Justice in 2007.
As an immigrant, I have first hand knowledge of the struggles and determination families endure to reach our shores. We bring with us an unbreakable will for a better life and a deep commitment to preserve the values that allow for a new generation to prosper.
Rabbi Judith L. Siegal
Senior Rabbi, Temple Judea
Rabbi Judith Lazarus Siegal is honored to be the senior rabbi of Temple Judea, a warm and inclusive Jewish community, which takes learning and worship seriously and engages in acts of love and kindness and social action all year long. Originally from New Orleans, Rabbi Siegal was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in May of 2006 with a Masters in Hebrew Literature. She also has a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Texas in Austin. She has served as a rabbi at Temple Judea in Coral Gables, FL since her ordination, and became the senior rabbi of Temple Judea July 1, 2014.
Rabbi Siegal also currently serves on the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, on the board of the South Dade Federation, on the board of the South East Area Council of the CCAR, the Clergy Advisory board for URJ Camp Coleman, Past Board member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and as past chair of the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews Interfaith Clergy Dialogue. She has been a fellow for the Jewish Outreach Institute’s Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliates and has studied at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and is always looking for new and interesting study opportunities.
As an American Jew, I am reminded by my Jewish heritage: “My father was a wandering Aramean,” to recall that we were all once wanderers, foreigners, and no matter how far back, immigrants in some form or another. I feel that I am obligated as an American, as well, to help immigrants to this country. I am honored to serve on this board and do what I can to help.
Peter Upton, Esq.
Principal, Law Office of Peter Upton
Peter Upton is an attorney, whose primary practice is in the area of immigration law. His practice is located in central Florida. Previously, he worked at the American Friends Service Committee's Undocumented Workers and Political Asylum Project. He first met Cheryl Little in the 1980s as they waited to see clients at Miami's Krome Detention Center.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and of Temple University School of Law, Mr. Upton was a founding Board Member of AI Justice.
I am a proud member of the AI Justice Board because it combines legal representation and advocacy more effectively than, I would argue, any similar organization in the country.
Rev. Priscilla Felisky Whitehead
United Church of Christ minister
Until January 2011, for almost twenty-two years, Rev. Whitehead served as Associate Minister at The Church by the Sea (United Church of Christ) in Bal Harbour, having moved to Florida from the Boston area. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University, where she was named a Hopkins Scholar for academic achievement, and received the Billings Prize for preaching.
She is now a Minister Emerita at The Church by the Sea, and in 2013 began to convene a separate new group meeting in Wynwood for people of varied backgrounds who are interested in exploring questions of religion, spirituality, and belief, especially those unaffiliated with a particular faith community.
Rev. Whitehead's parents were Russian immigrants, and she grew up in Michigan, in a Russian-speaking home and church. She was a founding member of AI Justice's Board of Directors in 1996.
Cesar L. Alvarez, Esq.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Senior Partner, Squire, Patton & Boggs
Former Chair, American Conservative Union
Edouard Duval Carrié
Internationally Acclaimed Artist
Hodding Carter III
The Knight Foundation
Academy Award Winning Director
The Honorable Daniel Robert “Bob” Graham
Former U.S. Senator
Former Governor of Florida
José Pedro Greer, M.D.
Assistant Dean & Department Chair, FIU College of Medicine
2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom Honoree
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Sr. Jeanne O’Laughlin, O.P.
Eduardo Padrón, Ph.D.
Miami Dade College
Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski, D.D. Archbishop of Miami