• (please click on name below for contact information, and to read staff bios)

    Sirine Shebaya, Executive Director
    sirine shebaya

    Program Areas: Border Issues, Civil Rights, Detention and Deportation, Enforcement, Expedited Removal/Credible Fear, Habeas petitions, Muslim Ban
    Phone: 617-227-9727 x2 · Email: Sirine Shebaya

    Executive Director Sirine Shebaya is a longtime immigrant rights advocate who focuses on combining litigation and public campaign strategies to defend and advance the rights of immigrant communities of color. She has litigated several high-profile cases alongside and on behalf of communities impacted by the Muslim Ban, family separation, discriminatory police practices, and immigration detention and enforcement. In partnership with local community groups, she led a campaign that resulted in eliminating ICE holds in most jurisdictions in Maryland. Sirine’s work advancing and defending immigrant rights has earned her numerous awards. She previously worked at the ACLU of Maryland and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. She is very excited to be leading NIPNLG into its next chapter in the fight for immigrant justice.

    Khaled Alrabe, Staff Attorney
    Khaled Alrabe

    Program Areas: Terrorism Bars, Immigration Consequences of Convictions, Civil Rights
    Phone: 617-227-9727 x3 · Email: Khaled Alrabe

    Attorney Khaled Alrabe returns to NIPNLG from the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley, where he was a researcher working on immigration, human trafficking, and accountability for victims of sexual violence through international courts. Khaled was a law fellow at NIPNLG in 2015-2016, and holds a BA from Harvard University and a JD from Georgetown University.

    Pamela Goldstein, Director of Development and Communications
    Pamela Goldstein

    Phone: 617-227-9727 x5 · Email: Pamela Goldstein

    Pamela Goldstein is a movement fundraiser, communicator, educator, and activist who has worked in non-profit resource development, communications, and capacity-building for over 30 years. Prior to joining NIPNLG in 2010, she held senior development positions at Oxfam America, the Cambridge Women’s Center, and at the Central America Solidarity Association (CASA). Pamela holds a BA from Tufts University and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

    Cari Hourigan, Director of Finance & Operations
    Cari Hourigan

    Phone: 617-227-9727 x22 · Email: Cari Hourigan

    Cari joins NIPNLG with a diverse background in non-profit business operations that includes grants management and compliance, human resources, finance and accounting, and general project management. She is passionate about building and managing lean and efficient biz-ops structures that let the mission thrive. Cari holds an MSc from the Adam Smith School of Economics at the University of Glasgow and a BA from Manhattan College.

    Amber Qureshi, Yale Law Journal-Justine Wise Polier Fellow
    Amber Qureshi

    Program Areas: Enforcement, Denaturalization, Issues Impacting Muslim, Arab, and South Asian immigrants
    Phone: 617-227-9727 x8 · Email: Amber Qureshi

    Amber Qureshi (pronounced UM-BER) works on immigration enforcement issues, particularly those that impact low-income Muslim, Arab, and South Asian (MASA) communities. She is a 2019 JD graduate of Yale Law School, where she studied and worked on issues related to immigration, Muslim civil rights, and international human rights law. Before law school, Amber was a high school math teacher in Baltimore, MD. She holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland College Park and an M.Ed. from Johns Hopkins University.

    Cristina Velez, Senior Staff Attorney

    Program Areas: Detention and Deportation, Naturalization, Civil Rights, Asylum, Border Issues, Due Process, Removal Defense
    Phone: 617-227-9727 x6 · Email: Cristina Velez

    Before joining NIPNLG, Cristina Velez directed an immigration unit at a large community-based legal services agency working on removal defense and complex humanitarian relief for survivors of violence. She spent several years serving people living with HIV/AIDS and developing a practice in removal defense, affirmative asylum, VAWA and U/T visas, naturalization, waivers, and appellate and amicus work. Cristina is on the advisory board of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, which advocates for LGBTQ and HIV+ immigrants who are or have been detained. She has clerked for the Honorable Denny Chin, on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and is a graduate of Cornell Law School and Oberlin College.


    Matthew Vogel, Senior Staff Attorney
    Matthew Vogel

    Program Areas: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions, Due Process, Enforcement, Civil Rights
    Phone: 617-227-9727 x9· Email: Matthew Vogel

    Matthew Vogel joins NIPNLG from the Orleans Public Defenders (OPD) in New Orleans, where for five years as a staff attorney, he built OPD’s immigration practice, providing immigration consequences advising, and training on the immigration consequences of criminal legal system involvement. Matt also worked on OPD’s death penalty and juvenile life without parole defense teams, and carried a docket of upper-level felonies and misdemeanors. He has clerked for the Honorable Keith P. Ellison of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; and spent 8 years living and working at the New York City Catholic Worker, a house of hospitality for homeless people. Matt graduated from Harvard University, Yale Divinity School, and Yale Law School.

    Guy Yarden, Consultant

    Phone: 617-227-9727 x21 · Email: Guy Yarden