Staff

Susan Reed, Managing Attorney

Susan E. Reed is Managing Attorney with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. Susan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Marquette University. Susan has practiced immigration and immigrant rights law since 2003. Susan has also served as a staff attorney at Farmworker Legal Services of Michigan and as a regional attorney for Justice for Our Neighbors, the immigration legal services program of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Her particular interests include the intersection of family and immigration law, the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children, immigrant eligibility for public benefits and programs, and civil rights matters. Susan is Secretary of the Steering Committee for the Michigan Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights  (MCIRR) and co-chairs the Advocacy Committee of the Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has served as an advisor to several State Bar of Michigan committees and initiatives.  Her research and commentary has been published in Clearinghouse Review among other publications. In 2013, Susan was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to the Foreign Language Board of Review and serves as a committee member of the Court's Limited English Proficiency Implementation Advisory Committee.  Susan is also a member of the Detroit City Council Immigration Task Force. She is available to handle or co-counsel impact cases referred by attorneys and advocates. Susan is a proud member of the first class of W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellows. Susan is fluent in Spanish.

 

Ruby Robinson, Supervising Attorney

Ruby focuses, primarily, on immigration relief available to victims of domestic violence and crime. He graduated from Wayne State University Law School and the University of Michigan. He worked as a staff attorney at Lakeshore Legal Aid's Counsel & Advocacy Law Line and at LA VIDA, a partnership of Lakeshore Legal Aid and Community Health and Social Services, Inc. During law school, Ruby worked as student attorney with the school's Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic, during which he represented clients in asylum cases. Prior to law school, Ruby served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in Brooklyn, NY for a social services agency. He is available to consult on and assist with cases involving victims of crime and domestic violence, as well as naturalization matters.

 

Anna Hill, Staff Attorney

Anna graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and the University of California, Berkeley.  After graduating she worked as an Overseas Fellow with a legal clinic for victims of human trafficking at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in Mexico City.  As a law student she served as a student attorney with Michigan Law’s Human Trafficking Clinic and as a legal intern for an immigration law firm. She also interned with the University of California, Berkeley’s East Bay Community Law Center Immigration practice . She has represented clients in cases for affirmative asylum, victims of crime and domestic violence, and prosecutorial discretion. Prior to law school she worked with immigrants as a caseworker for Head Start and the USDA’s Agrability program. She is fluent in Spanish.

 

Darren Miller, Staff Attorney

Darren is a staff attorney in the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center's Ann Arbor Office. He was formerly a Justice Americorps Member Attorney in the same office. Darren focuses on providing legal representation for unaccompanied immigrant children who are in removal proceedings. He has a special interest in assisting persons fleeing violence and persecution. He received his JD from the University of Michigan Law School and his BA in International Studies from the University of Chicago. While in law school, Darren worked on issues pertaining to LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers at the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration (ORAM) in San Francisco. He was also a fellow at the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) in Brussels. Darren speaks French and Turkish.

 

Ana Raquel Devereaux, Staff Attorney

Ana is a staff attorney at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center's Kalamazoo office. She was a Justice Americorps Member Attorney at the same office. Her work focuses on the representation of unaccompanied immigrant children in removal proceedings and seeking available forms of relief for them, as well as developing pro bono attorneys to assist in this work. Ana grew up in the Dominican Republic as a child of missionaries and has a heart for working with vulnerable populations. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Calvin College, doing her Honor’s Thesis on ‘How Should Christians Understand U.S. Immigration Policy and Institutional Framework in Light of the Biblical Perspective on Justice and the State.’ Ana is a member of the Michigan Bar and received her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. She has had a variety of internships, including with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in D.C., the Wayne State Asylum and Immigration Clinic, and has coordinated pro bono efforts to provide legal services through MACC Legal in Detroit. Ana is fluent in Spanish.

 

Christine Sauvé, Southeast Michigan Communities Coordinator, Welcoming Michigan

Christine Sauvé coordinates activities in southeast Michigan for the Welcoming Michigan project, MIRC’s statewide grassroots immigrant integration initiative. She works to connect U.S. and foreign-born residents in metro Detroit. Christine received her BA from the University of Michigan Residential College and MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She is interested in community organization and social systems, with a focus on multicultural community organizing. Christine served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for three years in Mauritania and Senegal in West Africa. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

 

Jonathan Romero, Program Coordniator, MIRC & West Michigan Communities Coordinator, Welcoming Michigan

Jonathan provides administrative and programmatic support, coordinates the Michigan Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (MCIRR), and leads Welcoming Michigan’s Immigrant integration efforts.  Jonathan began his community organizing career in 2006 when he co-organized and led a student walkout to Los Angeles' City Hall as a demonstration against House Bill 4437. Since then his resourcefulness and commitment to community building has earned him many opportunities, such as a Posse full tuition scholarship to Kalamazoo College, an invitation to speak alongside minority leader Nancy Pelosi at the Capitol Building in D.C., and a Contributing Editor position at Praxis Center. Jonathan has a B.A in Political Science and Philosophy and has received training and education on group facilitation, organizing, and anti-racism work. He is fluent in Spanish.

 

Shanti Tharayil, Legal Fellow

Shanti is a State Bar Foundation Fellow at the MIRC office in Ann Arbor. She recieved her JD from the University of Michigan Law School and her BA from the University of California, San Diego. During law school, Shanti worked closely with survivors of domestic violence as an intern with the Family Law Project in Ann Arbor and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. Before law school, Shanti worked as a development associate for Habitat for Humanity in San Francisco and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. She is proficient in Spanish and enjoys baking and eating pie.

 

Ava Morgenstern, BIA-accredited representative

Ava Morgenstern is a BIA-Accredited Representative with authorization to represent individuals in immigration cases on behalf of MIRC. Located in the Ann Arbor office, she specializes in naturalization and services to survivors of domestic violence and crime. Her commitment to MIRC's work stems from experience researching migration and human rights policies; teaching international students, immigrants, and refugees ranging from undergraduates to older adults; and traveling with diverse colleagues to multiple countries for scholarship and social justice fellowships. She holds a master's in sociology from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's in sociology from Brandeis University. She speaks Spanish.

 

Anne Canavati, Law Clerk

Anne Canavati is a fourth year undergraduate at the University of Michigan. Next Spring, she will graduate with a B.A. in International Studies, Arabic and Middle Eastern and North African Studies. This year, as she studies to finish coursework for her two minors, Business Administration and Environmental Studies, Anne will work at MIRC part time. Her interdisciplinary education and interest in minority rights, policy and international relations sparked her interest in working at MIRC. Previously, Anne engaged in international research projects on Palestinian Christians in the West Bank and conservation governance in rural Kenya. She speaks Spanish and Arabic as well as some French and Italian.

 

Andrea Dantus, Law Clerk

Andrea Dantus is a law clerk at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center's office in Ann Arbor. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with minors in Women’s Studies and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, completing her honors thesis on the manifestation of citizenship through consumption behavior in Latina women. Andrea conducted her independent research at the University of Michigan through the Undocumented Migration Project, which introduced her to harsh realities of crossing into the U.S. through the Sonoran Desert. She worked as a volunteer at the Refugee Development Center in Lansing, MI and the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation in Detroit, MI, both inspiring her to continue advocating for immigrant rights.

 

Eliza Measzros, Legal Intern

Eliza Measzros is a legal intern with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. She is a third-year undergraduate student at Western Michigan University, where she majors in Political Science and Spanish. Her interest in social justice led her to intern with MIRC; she first became interested in immigration law when she heard that unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America were being detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. She speaks Spanish.

 

Kelsey Kanthack, Legal Intern

Kelsey is a legal intern with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. She is a senior at Western Michigan University studying behavioral psychology and Spanish. In spring of 2015, Kelsey lived and studied Spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina for four months. After graduation, she plans to attend law school. In addition to school, Kelsey works as a peer educator at Sindecuse Health Center and as a barista at Water Street Coffee Joint.