Susan Reed, Supervising Attorney
Susan E. Reed is Supervising 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.
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.
Ruby Robinson, Staff Attorney
Ruby Robinson is an attorney with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. He focuses, primarily, on immigration relief available to victims of domestic violence and crime. Ruby 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.
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, West Michigan Communities Coordinator, Welcoming Michigan
Jonathan coordinates activities in west Michigan for the Welcoming Michigan project, MIRC’s statewide grassroots immigrant integration initiative. Jonathan is interested in attaining political and social equality for underrepresented groups. His leadership in the Student Walkouts against HR 4437 in 2006 and his commitment to youth earned him a POSSE Full-Tuition Leadership Scholarship to Kalamazoo College where he earned a B.A in Political Science and Philosophy. In 2011, Jonathan spoke alongside minority leader Nancy Pelosi at the Capitol about the negative impact of education budget cuts for underrepresented students. The following year he wrote his senior thesis, Deontological Argument Against The Deportations of Dreamers. He is a contributing editor for Praxis Center, an online resource center for scholars, activists, and artists where he develops content regarding Race, Class, and Immigration. Jonathan has received training and education on group facilitation, organizing, and anti-racism work. He is fluent in Spanish.
Darren Miller, Justice Americorps Member Attorney
Darren is a Justice Americorps Member Attorney at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center's office in Ann Arbor. His work 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, Justice Americorps Member Attorney
Ana is a Justice Americorps Member Attorney at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center's office in Kalamazoo. 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.
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.
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.
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.