Susan is a Supervising Attorney with the Abolishing Immigration Detention team. Collectively, the team represents detained and incarcerated people before the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts. The team also collaborates with organizers and advocacy groups to uplift the demands of incarcerated people and push towards prison abolition.
Susan first joined Centro Legal as an Equal Justice Works fellow, and led a project to support incarcerated immigrants in removal proceedings through the Institutional Hearing Program at FCI Dublin. During law school, Susan interned at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the East Bay Community Law Center, Legal Aid At Work’s National Origin and Immigrants’ Rights Program, and Pangea Legal Services, and helped launch Berkeley Law’s first immigration bond fund.
Prior to law school, Susan was a community organizer in Providence, Rhode Island, and worked on campaigns for immigrants’ rights, racial justice and police accountability, tenants’ rights, and education equity. They hold a Bachelor of Arts in History and Latin American Studies from Brown University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley Law School.