Kate has advocated for individuals and families facing deportation for over a decade. As a Supervising Immigration Attorney at Centro Legal, Kate works primarily with families seeking asylum and other forms of relief from deportation before the Immigration Courts and U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Prior to joining Centro Legal, Kate served as the Court-Appointed Special Monitor in Franco Gonzalez v. Holder, Case No. 10-2211 (C.D. Cal. 2010). In that role, Kate investigated immigration detention centers and courts to ensure justice for mentally incompetent immigrant detainees. Through her oversight, Kate strengthened judicial training on issues of mental illness in immigration proceedings, and improved detention screening tools to better identify mentally ill detainees. Kate has also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dolly M. Gee in the Central District of California and at the San Francisco Immigration Court.
Kate graduated magna cum laude from U.C. Hastings College of the Law, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University. She is admitted to practice in California and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) and the National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG).