Staff Biographies

Angela Bouliakis, Esq.

Angela Bouliakis, Esq. is a member of the Children's Legal Program team.  Ms. Bouliakis represents unaccompanied immigrant children living in the community or in immigration shelters, before the Immigration Court and the Department of Homeland Security.  She received her law degree at American University Washington College of Law where she was President of the Latino/a Law Students Association.  Ms. Bouliakis was also a Student Attorney in the Immigrant Justice Clinic, where she co-authored a report on abuses experienced by H-2B workers (temporary workers) in the fair and carnival industry and successfully obtained asylum for a client on the basis of sexual orientation while overcoming the one-year bar to asylum.  

Ms. Bouliakis served as a guardian ad litem and interned for The Honorable Scott J. Silverman in the Family Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. She received a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations with a minor in Communication Studies from the University of Florida.  She was born and raised in Miami to a Mexican mother and a Greek father.

Abel Delgado, Esq.

Abel S. Delgado, Esq. is the Holly Skolnick Greenberg Traurig Fellow and a member of the Children's Legal Program team. Mr. Delgado represents unaccompanied immigrant children living in the community or in immigration shelters  before the Immigration Court and the Department of Homeland Security. He also coordinates a network of attorneys willing to represent unaccompanied children on a pro bono basis and conducts Know Your Rights presentations for children being held in immigration shelters.  Mr. Delgado received his law degree at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans. He was also a Student Attorney at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic as well as the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice where he represented asylum applicants fleeing gang violence, political persecution, and LGBT discrimination as well as children seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile status.  

Mr. Delgado previously served as a case manager in the Circuit Civil Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics with a concentration in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from Washington & Lee University. He was born and raised in Miami to Cuban parents.

Tatiana Hernandez, Law Graduate

Tatiana Hernandez is a member of the Lucha team.  She received her law degree from American University Washington College of Law, where she was on the board of the Latino Law Student Association, Women's Law Association, and Immigrant Rights Coalition.  

Ms. Hernandez is dedicated to being an immigrants rights advocate.  Prior to joing AI Justice, Ms. Hernandez interned at the Central American Resource Center, helping victims of violence apply for humanitarian relief.  She then worked as a student attorney for American University Washington College of Law's Domestic Violence Clinic. After graduating from American University, she participated in a year long post-graduate fellowship working at Ayuda, an immigration legal services organization, where she practiced general immigration, with a focus on helping victims of violence and unaccompanied minors gain legal status. Ms. Hernandez received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs with a concentration in Spanish and minor in religion from Florida State University. She was born in Miami, FL and raised in Orlando, FL to a Colombian mother and Cuban father. 

Farahnaz Jamette, Esq.

Farahnaz Jamette is a member of the Children’s Legal Program team.  Ms. Jamette represents unaccompanied immigrant children, living in both the community and in immigration shelters, before the immigration court and the Department of Homeland Security.  Prior to her work with AI Justice, she worked as a staff attorney at Florida International University’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. 

While in law school, Ms. Jamette participated in an externship with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Bogota, Colombia.  She also interned with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) at the Krome Immigration Court in Miami, Florida.  Ms. Jamette received both her Bachelor of Arts degree and her law degree from Florida International University.

Cheryl Little, Esq. 

Cheryl Little has been a tireless advocate for immigrant rights for about three decades and has established herself as one of this country’s leading experts in the immigration field. Cheryl’s extensive involvement in immigration dates from 1985 when, upon her graduation from law school with honors, she began working at the Haitian Refugee Center. In January 1996, she co-founded the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Inc. (FIAC), now Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice), and serves as its Executive Director. She has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including the 2008 Morris Dees Justice Award as well as the 2012 Legal Legend award from HistoryMiami and the 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society. Poder Magazine named her one of the Miami's 100 Most Influential People in 2011 and in 2014 she was named one of the "Top 20 Women Lawyers in South Florida" by the Daily Business Review. In 1995 she was named "Person of the Week" by ABC News. Ms. Little has authored many publications in the area of immigration, including law review articles and reports. She has testified many times before Congress and appears regularly on television. Her appearances include 60 Minutes, Nightline, PBS’s News Hour, Frontline, The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN.

 

Michelle Ortiz, Esq. 

Michelle Ortiz is AI Justice's Deputy Director and the Program Director for the Lucha: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program. The Lucha: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking team represents survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.  Ms. Ortiz has presented at numerous conferences and provided  trainings on immigration relief available to survivors of violent crime and human trafficking.  She represents AI Justice as a member of The Freedom Network, an internationally recognized organization devoted to issues of human trafficking.  

Prior to joining AI Justice, Ms. Ortiz worked at Gulfcoast Legal Services in St. Petersburg, Florida where she represented low-income immigrants, specializing in assisting survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. She received her Juris Doctor from Stetson University. She was granted two judicial internships with U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich of the Middle District of Florida and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barry University. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Michelle was born and raised in Miami.

Carson Osberg, Esq.

Carson Osberg is a member of AI Justice's Lucha: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking team.  A Public Interest/Public Service Scholar at the American University's Washington College of Law, she focused on immigration law and workers' rights, participating in the Immigrant Justice Clinic.  Ms. Osberg also spearheaded the WCL Equal Justice Foundation and co-chaired the Immigrants' Rights Coalition.

Prior to law school, Ms. Osberg worked for the International Organization for Migration, managing a family reunification program providing assistance for human trafficking survivors opting to remain in the U.S.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University.  She speaks Spanish and has lived in Spain, Mexico, and Ecuador.

Jennie Santos-Bourne, Esq. 

Prior to joining AI Justice, Jennie Santos-Bourne was Litigation Senior Counsel at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in Southfield, Michigan where she worked for nearly seven years.  She has extensive advocacy experience in both state and federal court and complex litigation matters.  In 2014 she was recognized as a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine.  Before entering private practice, Santos-Bourne served as a federal judicial clerk in the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review at the Chicago Immigration Court, where she dealt exclusively with immigration issues.  She has a public interest background as a law clerk for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in Washington, D.C., and Justice, an international human rights organization in London, England.  Additionally, she worked as a student attorney for both the Legal Assistance Bureau in Waltham, Mass. and the Boston College Immigration and Asylum Project.

She holds a dual bachelor's degree summa cum laude in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Spelman College in Atlanta, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society. She also holds a Master's Degree magna cum laude in International Relations and Intercultural Communications from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.  As part of her graduate program she studied and worked in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay and in projects related to democratization efforts, public policy and advocacy.  She holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Boston College Law School, where she focused her studies on immigration and international law and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for a practical ethics and professional responsibility course entitled Lawyering and Professional Responsibility.  Santos-Bourne was an Equal Justice America Fellow (2003 and 2004), and a recipient of a Public Interest Law Foundation Grant, Champy Public Interest Fellowship Scholarship and the 2005 Clinical Student Achievement Award at Boston College Law School.  And before attending law school, Santos-Bourne was a paralegal with the nascent Children’s Project at the then Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center.

Jessica Shulruff, Esq.

Jessica Shulruff is the Supervising Attorney for the Detention and Asylum, Residency and Citizenship programs.  Ms. Shulruff speaks at conferences regarding immigration laws and procedures, and provides training and technical assistance to other attorneys. Before working at AI Justice, Jessica worked at Catholic Charities Legal Services of Miami where she provided representation to low-income immigrants and helped spearhead the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians of Unaccompanied Alien Children (LOPC) in South Florida.

The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Ms. Shulruff received a Juris Doctor and Masters of Art in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. While there, she completed an externship at the Battered Immigrant Project and an internship with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Peru, where she worked with indigenous children in the Peruvian Amazon basin. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida.

Adlin Maria Tuya, Esq.

Adlin Maria Tuya, Esq. is a member of the Children's Legal Program team.  Ms. Tuya represents unaccompanied immigrant children living in the community or in immigration shelters, before the Immigration Court and the Department of Homeland Security.  She received her law degree from Stetson University College of Law, where she was President of the International Law Society.  Ms. Tuya is dedicated to being an advocate for children.  As a law student, Ms. Tuya interned at the Florida Office of the Attorney General in the Children’s Legal Services unit.  She also completed a graduate fellowship with the Sixth Judicial Circuit’s Guardian Ad Litem program.   Ms. Tuya received a Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Latin American Latino and Caribbean Studies from Dartmouth College.   She was born and raised in Hialeah, FL to a Cuban family. 

Jennifer Anzardo Valdes, Esq.

Jennifer Anzardo Valdes is the Supervising Attorney for the Children’s Legal Program at AI Justice. The Children’s Legal Program represents unaccompanied immigrant children, living in the community, the state foster care system and immigration shelters, before the Department of Homeland Security.  Before AI Justice, Mrs. Anzardo Valdes worked at Sanctuary for Families' Immigration Intervention Project in New York City. Her work focused on the immigration legal needs of survivors of domestic and other forms of gender violence as well as representing immigrant youth in Family and Immigration Courts.  Mrs. Anzardo Valdes has trained and written on legal matters related to immigrant families, with particular emphasis on immigrant youth and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.  She published articles for Practising Law Institute (PLI) and the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) Children's Law Manual, regarding immigrant youth and families facing domestic violence. She also conducted several trainings and presented at conferences on immigration relief available to immigrant youth and survivors of domestic violence.  

Ms. Anzardo Valdes is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and raised in Miami. She is a graduate of New York Law School and the University of Florida. 

 

 

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