Neighbors Link Community Law Practice Staff

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Karin Anderson Ponzer is the Director of Neighbors Link Community Law Practice. From 2015-2017, she served as Executive Director of the Pace Community Law Practice and was previously the Assistant Director/Supervising Attorney at the PCLP from its September 2012 opening. Prior to joining the PCLP, she worked as an immigration attorney at Catholic Migration Services of the Diocese of Brooklyn, where she focused on removal defense and complex motions to reopen, and as a Policy and Training Associate at the New York Immigration Coalition, where she coordinated efforts to provide legal resources to individuals subjected to post-9/11 enforcement actions by DHS. She has been recognized by Maryland State Senate, the Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, the Nassau County Executive, and the National Lawyers Guild for her legal and advocacy work on behalf of immigrant communities. She earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a Ph.D. in Politics and Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research. She is a Member of the Bar of the State of New York and of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, as well as of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the New York State Political Science Association, the New York City Bar Association, Immigration & Nationality Law Committee, and Westchester County Bar Association.

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Elizabeth Mastropolo, the managing attorney of Neighbors Link Community Law Practice, provides direct legal assistance to immigrants throughout the Hudson Valley in a myriad of cases before both United States Immigration and Citizenship Services and before the Immigration Court. She is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey and before the Immigration Court. Elizabeth completed her Juris Doctorate at St John’s University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude, and where she was awarded the Pro Bono Service Award as well as the Dianne Marie Arrue Memorial Award for her extraordinary commitment to Public Interest. She also won a CALI award for excellence in Legal Analysis, Writing and the Dean’s award for her work in the Child Advocacy Clinic where she represented children in abuse and neglect petitions before the New York Family Court. In addition to providing direct legal services at Neighbors Link, Elizabeth provides community education and advocacy to increase the community knowledge of topics affecting immigrants in the Hudson Valley. Elizabeth is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, the Rockland Immigration Coalition and the Westchester County Bar Association.

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Lourdes Aguilar is J.D. Candidate for Admission at Neighbors Link Community Law Practice. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. She received a dual Bachelors degree in Political Science and Psychology from Stony Brook University and is a recent law graduate of Elisabeth Haub School of law. She is awaiting admission to practice law in New York and Connecticut. Throughout her law school career, Lourdes worked with various public interest organizations including Pace Women’s Justice Center, the New York State Division of Human Rights and the Immigration Justice Clinic. Lourdes’ personal experience has allowed her to understand the struggles and challenges faced by underrepresented individuals. Lourdes hopes go devote her law career to advocating for underrepresented communities and providing them with a meaningful access to justice.

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Constanza Bentancor is currently a Dept. of Justice partially accredited representative and bilingual paralegal administrator at Neighbors Link Community Law Practice. She studied Sociology, with a concentration in Community and Environment, and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Science at SUNY Oneonta. As an Ossining native and her involvement as an AmeriCorps member and legal intern at the Westchester Hispanic Coalition (now Make the Road New York) in White Plains, New York, Constanza has experience in community outreach and advocacy. She is a dedicated employee who is conscientious and has a genuine interest in contributing to social programs that address issues surrounding immigration. Her goal is to help empower others, improve opportunities for the disadvantaged and generate support for underserved populations.

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Meredith Bloch, a 2010 graduate of Cornell Law School, is an Immigration Staff Attorney at Neighbors Link Community Law Practice. She was previously a staff attorney with immigration legal services providers in Missouri and New York. Meredith also worked in the dispute resolution practice of a large international law firm for four years. A participant in the US Fulbright Project in the Dominican Republic in 2004-05 and having spent time in Paris with an international arbitration group, Meredith is fluent in Spanish and French. She provides direct legal assistance to immigrants throughout the Hudson Valley and participates in community education and Know Your Rights efforts.

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Jonathan Campozano began his career practicing immigration law as an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow at the Empire Justice Center in Yonkers. There, he represented immigrants in an array of immigration matters including deportation defense, asylum applications, and other forms of relief available to juveniles and victims of crime, domestic violence, or human trafficking. Following his time as a fellow, he joined the New York State Senate Democratic Majority as Associate Counsel where he worked on significant pieces of legislation including the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act and the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act (Green Light NY). Recently, Jonathan worked as an Assistant County Attorney for Westchester County’s Law Department in their Family Court Bureau.

Born in White Plains and raised in Greenburgh, Jonathan is one of the first generations,on both sides of his family, born and raised in the United States. His father immigrated to New York from Ecuador and his maternal grandparents came to New York from Puerto Rico. Jonathan graduated from SUNY Purchase where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies. Subsequently, he obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. He spent two of his three years at law school as a Student Attorney with the Immigration Justice Clinic. Jonathan also served as president of both the Latin American Law Students Association and Pace Immigration Law Society.

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Leslie S. Molina is a bilingual paralegal administrator and a Department of Justice partially accredited representative with the Neighbors Link Community Law Practice. She is the daughter of Central American immigrants. She received a dual degree in Philosophy, Politics and Law and Sociology from SUNY Binghamton. Leslie also received her Master’s Degree in Migration, Superdiversity and Policy from the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Her thesis focused immigration enforcement, policies and practices and its impact on mixed-status families in the United States. Leslie has also recently co-authored an article with NLCLP attorneys’, Karin Anderson Ponzer and Elizabeth Mastropolo titled, “Immigration Law and Its Impact on the Family: What Group Therapists Need to Know.”

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Gloria Roman is a Paralegal with Neighbors Link Community Law Practice. She is a native of Colombia and has lived in Westchester County since she migrated to the US in 1984. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Mercy College.Gloria worked in Catholic Charities from 2000-2021 as a DOJ Accredited Representative. During her tenure with the organization, she provided services to several counties of New York: Westchester, Rockland, Sullivan, Orange and Ulster. While there, she met with hundreds of people completing countless applications for a variety of different legal immigration statuses as well as representing clients before US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

She considers her job a mission and feels blessed to work towards improving and empowering the lives of the immigrant communities of New York.

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Sandra P. Sacaza is a Bilingual paralegal and Department of Justice partially accredited representative with the Neighbors Link Community Law Practice. She is a native of Honduras and has lived in New York for most of her life since migrating from Honduras in 1988. She obtained an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies from Bronx Community College and recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice and Law Administration from Western Connecticut State University.

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Peter V. Steward is the Office of New Americans (ONA) Legal Liaison at Neighbors Link. He is a Westchester New York native, having been born and raised in White Plains, New York. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Kalamazoo College in International Area studies concentrating in African studies, in 2016. Continuing his interest in international studies he joined the Peace Corps as a Community Economic Development Specialist, and served the community of Bercoli in Timor-Leste from 2017-2019. He is currently fluent in English, Spanish and Tetun. From his studies, and experiences, he is more motivated than ever to work with and develop key relationships with immigrant communities and to provide quality legal services to clients here in the Hudson Valley of New York.

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Elizabeth “Lilly” Tonne-Daims is a senior immigration attorney at Neighbors Link Community Law Practice. While she concentrates in crim-imm law, she represents clients in an array of immigration matters including affirmative applications and removal defense. Previously, she was a Regional Immigration Assistance Center attorney, providing mandated Padilla advice to assigned criminal counsel with noncitizen clients on the immigration consequences of criminal matters. She also conducted regular trainings on crim-imm issues for both criminal and immigration attorneys, and performed advocacy work with the New York City ICE-Out-of-Courts Coalition. Before that, she spent several years in private practice where she represented clients in a variety of affirmative applications at Seham, Seham, Meltz & Petersen, and then at Gehi & Associates where she focused primarily on removal defense. Lilly speaks Spanish and has dedicated her career to the practice of immigration law, and advocacy of immigrant rights.

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Sabrina N. Tuquinagui is a Paralegal and Department of Justice partially accredited representative with the Neighbors Link Community Law Practice. She is a proud daughter of Ecuadorian Immigrants and as an Ossining native she is eager to work with communities around her. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Sabrina is a recent graduate from SUNY Oneonta where she earned her Bachelor's Degree of Science in Criminal Justice. Her personal experience has provided her with valuable understanding and appreciation of the immigration process. She deeply understands the challenges many clients face and this has allowed her to connect with her clients which is what motivates her to provide our clients with the best care and attention.