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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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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Mayha Ghouri, Esq. is an immigration attorney at Neighbors Link Community Law Practice, which provides legal services to immigrants throughout the Hudson Valley. She is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants and earned her undergraduate degree cum laude in Political Science at CUNY Hunter and her J.D. from CUNY School of Law, where she found her passion in grassroots, movement lawyering. She is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and before Immigration Court. In law school, Mayha was an active member of the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility Project (CUNY CLEAR), the Refugee Docket in the Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, the Economic Justic Project Clinic, and the Muslim Law Student Association. Mayha has also interned with the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice, the Honorable Wilma Guzman, CAIR-NY, and Amnesty International. She is a currently a member of the Muslim Bar Association of New York, the New York City Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

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Leslie S.Molina is a bilingual paralegal administrator and Department of Justice 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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Sandra P. Sacaza is a Bilingual paralegal 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.