Immigration For Good

Team Members

Jill

Jill Campbell
Immigration Attorney

Jill joined the Immigration & Citizenship Program at Neighborhood Centers as an Immigration Attorney in August 2014. She is primarily responsible for managing the program’s client cases and supervising the program’s BIA Accredited Representatives. Jill’s immigration work focuses on Citizenship and Naturalization; Deferred Action; representation of refugees and asylees; family reunification cases; and humanitarian-based relief, including crime victim visas, relief under the Violence Against Women Act, and representation of individuals fleeing harm in their home countries. Jill also supports the Immigration & Citizenship Program’s Naturalization services through the development of materials for and ongoing legal support of NCI’s Immigration Forums and Naturalization Workshops.

Prior to joining Neighborhood Centers in 2014, Jill served as a Clinical Supervising Attorney at the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic, where she supervised second- and third-year law students on affirmative and defensive immigration cases and on immigration appeals at the BIA, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She also co-taught the Immigration Clinic’s substantive law component, focusing on immigration court procedure, policy issues, and complex areas of immigration law. In 2012, Jill led the University of Houston DACA Initiative, which provided free legal assistance to DACA-eligible University of Houston students, alumni, family of students and alumni, and Houston-area community members. Jill graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2010.

 

Kenia

Kenia Colon
Immigration Services Specialist

Kenia Colon is an Immigration Services Specialist with Neighborhood Centers. Before joining the Immigration & Citizenship Program, she worked with Interfaith Ministries for nine years as a Cultural Orientation Instructor, helping resettle refugees from all over the world. She has also worked with refugees at the YMCA of Greater Houston. She is a former political refugee from Cuba and has lived in Houston for 35 years. She studied Spanish Literature at the University of Havana before leaving for the United States. Kenia attended Houston Baptist University, where she received a B.A. in Social Work and Sociology. Since then, she has been helping new arrivals, not only with the non-profit organizations she has worked for, but also in her personal time.

 

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Leslie Crow
Immigration Attorney

Leslie Crow is an Immigration Attorney at Neighborhood Centers. Previously, Leslie practiced probate, estate planning, and transactional law with The Shanks Law Firm, a private law firm in Houston, Texas. Leslie graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in 2013, where she worked for two semesters in the Immigration Clinic in addition to taking classes in immigration law, asylum law, and business immigration. Also while at the University of Houston Law Center, Leslie co-founded and served as Vice President of the Immigration and Human Rights Law Society, a group focused on raising awareness of the legal issues and challenges facing immigrants in the United States and refugees around the world as well as community service and donation drives.

Crystal Gonzalez
Immigration Services Specialist, BIA Accredited Representative

Crystal Gonzalez is an Immigration Services Specialist and represents clients as a BIA Accredited Representative. She has been with Neighborhood Centers since 2008 and started as a volunteer helping immigrants complete their Naturalization applications. Crystal is passionate about helping people from diverse cultures. She completed her Masters in Liberal Arts from the University of St. Thomas with a concentration in political science and social justice. Her undergraduate coursework involved service hours at Casa Juan Diego, a shelter home for immigrants. She received her B.A. in political science from the University of St. Thomas in 2005 and studied abroad in France and Mexico. She also volunteered in rural Brazil with Amigos de las Americas, promoting dental hygiene and leading community projects.

 

Johnny Herrera
Citizenship Instructor

Johnny Herrera is a Civics Instructor in the Immigration & Citizenship Program at Neighborhood Centers. Johnny’s previous experience was in YMCA International Services as a Citizenship Coordinator and a fully Accredited Legal Representative for five years in the Immigration Legal Services Department. Johnny graduated from American Nicaraguan University (UAM) School-Law School in 1998 with an LLB in Law. He completed a Master of Laws at the University of Houston-Law Center in 2009. He also completed a Paralegal Certificate Course from Rice University in July 2007 and is a Certified Mediator after attending the University of Houston Law Center Blakely Advocacy Institute in 2007.

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Ben Marek
Immigration Services Specialist, BIA Accredited Representative

Ben Marek is an Immigration Services Specialist with the Neighborhood Centers Immigration & Citizenship Program. He started working with the team in March of 2015 and became a BIA Accredited Representative shortly thereafter. Ben works primarily with refugees, asylees, and Cuban parolees applying for employment authorization and permanent residence. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he earned his B.A. in History & Literature in May of 2014. Ben is a native Houstonian, and when not in the office can be found enjoying Gulfton’s diverse culinary offerings.

 

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Xavier Martinez
Citizenship Instructor

Xavier Martinez is excited to be a part-time teacher at Neighborhood Centers. He loves to help the community and guide individuals to their goals. He currently teaches the Citizenship preparation course for U.S. Legal Permanent Residents seeking to become U.S. Citizens. He has four years of previous experience teaching this course at Houston Community College and is a full-time teacher at Spring Branch ISD’s Guthrie Center, where he teaches three levels of Architectural Design to high school students. Xavier believes that critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving spark further learning. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Houston and 10 years of architectural experience as a Project Coordinator with Kirksey Architecture.

 

Ana Laura

Ana Laura Osornio
Immigration Services Specialist, BIA Accredited Representative
Ana Laura Osornio is an Immigration Services Specialist and BIA Accredited Representative at Neighborhood Centers Inc. She currently works on Consular Processing, Adjustment of Status, DACA, Citizenship and EAD cases. Her previous experience also includes working for Opening Doors Immigration Services, a small nonprofit in Dallas, TX that focused on DACA, VAWA, and U-visa cases. Ana Laura is a graduate of the University of North Texas. She has a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in International Studies and French.

 

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Alex Triantaphyllis
Director of Immigration and Economic Opportunity

Alex Triantaphyllis is the Director of Immigration and Economic Opportunity at Neighborhood Centers Inc. He is the founder of PAIR: Partnership for the Advancement & Immersion of Refugees—a nonprofit that works with refugee youth that have resettled in Houston—and the co-founder of a company that works with small businesses in East Africa. Alex’s previous experience also includes investment banking at Goldman Sachs and management consulting at McKinsey. An attorney licensed in the State of New York, Alex is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He has completed Masters in Economics coursework in Argentina and graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in political science and Hispanic studies.

 

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Marisol Valero
Immigration Program Manager, BIA Accredited Representative

Marisol Valero is the Immigration & Citizenship Program Manager at Neighborhood Centers Inc., where she helps to oversee the Program’s efforts to provide a variety of services to low-income immigrants in the Houston community, including citizenship classes and legal forums. Marisol is a Director for the League of Women Voters Houston-area board and a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the City of Houston’s Citizenship Month Initiative. She is a proud graduate of the University of Houston – Main and a VAWA survivor.

 


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