Newsletter | Fall 2013
Vol. 17, Issue No. 4
Juan Carlos Plata, Staff Attorney, LUCHA
Juan Carlos Plata joined AI Justice in September 2013. While attending Stetson Law School, Mr. Plata interned in the Immigration Unit at Gulfcoast Legal Services. He first provided translation services, but as he learned more about the plight of those seeking representation, he was inspired to contribute more and began to provide extensive case preparation assistance to victims of violent crime. As a result of this work, Stetson University presented him with the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award. He is thrilled to be continuing his work on behalf of this population at AI Justice.
Mr. Plata was born in Colombia and moved with his family to Canada at the age of nine. He moved to South Florida as a teenager and attended Florida Atlantic University. As a staff attorney with LUCHA, Juan Carlos will work with survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. “It is really a privilege to be able to dedicate myself to helping such a vulnerable and underserved community,” says Mr. Plata
Meredith Gudesblatt, Service Volunteer, Sisters of the Humility of Mary
Meredith Gudesblatt has joined The Children’s Legal Program as a Paralegal through a partnership with the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. A Long Island native, Ms. Gudesblatt graduated from Cornell in 2012. Following graduation, she worked in Honduras with Bilingual Education Central America.
During a subsequent service year in Phoenix with AmeriCorps, Ms. Gundesblatt worked at a detention center for unaccompanied immigrant children and was drawn to their legal issues. The work she is performing here at AI Justice during this year of service will allow her to continue to support this population. AI Justice is grateful for her service.
Ariela Moscowitz Fegley, Development and Communications Specialist
Ariela Moscowitz Fegley joined AI Justice in September 2013. A Miami native, she attended Boston University where she studied Psychology and Women’s Studies. Ms. Fegley’s career has spanned the non-profit sector in Philadelphia, Miami, and Vermont.
Two years ago, while working as an advocate at The Lodge, a Miami shelter for survivors of domestic violence and one of AI Justice’s community partners, Ms. Fegley witnessed firsthand the amazing work that AI Justice attorneys were doing on behalf of undocumented survivors of domestic violence and trafficking.
She returned to Miami this summer and was thrilled to join AI Justice as our Development and Communications Specialist.