AS DIVERSE AS OUR CLIENTS

OUR TEAM

GAIN’s small yet mighty staff oversees the screening and placement of referred cases, and provides training and supervision to our volunteer attorneys. GAIN staff members also represent a minority of complex cases in-house, and serve as reliable sources of knowledge on asylum, human trafficking, and humanitarian-based immigration.

STAFF MEMBERS

Monica Modi Khant
Monica Modi KhantExecutive Director

Monica Modi Khant is the Executive Director of GAIN. As Executive Director, Ms. Modi Khant oversees, supervises, trains and mentors pro bono attorneys who represent immigrant victims of violence and asylum seekers. Ms. Modi Khant also oversees fundraising initiatives, outreach efforts and community relations in addition to her legal duties.  She offers a unique perspective as an advocate for immigrant rights in the Southeast.  Ms. Modi Khant received her BA from Rutgers University in 1995 and her J.D. from New England School of Law in 1998. Upon graduation, she was the Detention Attorney at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) where she represented detained asylum seekers. In 2000, Ms. Modi Khant continued practicing immigration law with private immigration firms in Boston, MA. In 2005, Ms. Modi Khant was appointed as the Director of Legal Services at the International Institute of Boston (IIB). With this position, Ms. Modi Khant worked extensively with victims of abuse and trafficking. She has also trained lawyers, law enforcement and judges on how to work with immigrant victims of violence.  She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Raksha, a Georgia-based nonprofit organization for the South Asian community.  She is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta Class of 2015 and has served as Pro Bono Liaison of the Atlanta chapter of the America Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  Ms. Modi Khant is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgia State University and teaches Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery and in 2017, was named Atlanta Magazine’s “Women Making a Mark”.  She is married to Sanjay, a physician with Emory Healthcare and has three children.

Bill Hoffmann
Bill HoffmannSenior Counsel

William Hoffmann is Senior Counsel at GAIN. Until his retirement in 2012, he served for five years as the pro bono partner at the law firm of King & Spalding, an 800 lawyer firm with eight offices in the United States, five in Europe and four in Asia. He was responsible for the pro bono programs throughout the firm. Prior to being named pro bono partner, he was a litigation partner at King & Spalding.

While working with GAIN, Mr. Hoffmann has successfully represented over 20 asylum seekers from Africa, the Middle East and Haiti, most of them in proceedings in Atlanta Immigration Court. Mr. Hoffmann’s has also served as independent amicus curiae for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

He is the recipient of awards for his pro bono work from GAIN, Emory University, The College of William & Mary, The State Bar of Georgia and the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. He is a frequent guest lecturer on human rights issues at Emory University, the College of William & Mary, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the College of Charleston.

Before practicing law, Mr. Hoffmann was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. He holds undergraduate and law degrees from the College of William & Mary, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Georgia.

Alpa Amin
Alpa AminLead Attorney, Victims of Violence Program

Alpa Amin is the Lead Attorney for the Victims of Violence Project at GAIN. Ms. Amin began her work with GAIN in 2008 as a Law and Policy Assistant, and in 2009, received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship through Greenberg Traurig and King & Spalding to develop and oversee GAIN’s Victims of Violence Project. In her current position, Ms. Amin recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys from the Atlanta legal community and provides direct representation to immigrant victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault who need assistance with filing T-visas, U-visas, and VAWA Self-Petitions/Battered Spouse Waivers.

Ms. Amin is an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, a member of the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force, and a graduate of the Leadership Buckhead Class of 2016. She works closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement and is a frequent guest speaker on issues surrounding vulnerable immigrant communities.

Ms. Amin received a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies from Virginia Tech, and her J.D. from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.

Amir Naim
Amir NaimAttorney, Asylum Program

Amir Naim is GAIN’s Asylum Attorney. Amir graduated with a B.A. in History from Emory University in 2010. After graduating from Emory, Amir received a CASA fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education to study Arabic language in Damascus, Syria for a year. Amir received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 2015. Prior to working at GAIN, Amir was a Staff Attorney at Access to Law Foundation in Norcross, GA, where he worked on many different types of immigration cases. Amir joined GAIN in 2017, where he works to recruit and train attorneys to represent asylum seekers, and provides direct representation to asylum applicants.

Mirna Montano
Mirna MontanoVictims of Crime Navigator/Paralegal

Mirna Montano is the Victims of Crime Navigator/Paralegal at GAIN. In this position, Ms. Montano is responsible for assisting victims of crime in obtaining assistance from other service providers, such as social service organizations and shelters. Ms. Montano assists victims navigate the civil legal system by screening potential clients for additional legal needs and provides additional support to GAIN staff attorney as well as other duties.

Prior to working at GAIN, Ms. Montano worked for eight years at a nonprofit organization in Boston coordinating a Worker Center program that assisted immigrants and community members who were victims of labor abuses. Ms. Montano advocated and organized for those who were discriminated at the workplace or did not know how to navigate the workers’ compensation system. She also assisted those who had health and safety problems, wages violations, were being labor trafficked and those who had immigration issues at their jobs.

Ms. Montano is a graduate from the program in Political Science and International Relations at Northeastern University. She also has an undergraduate degree in TV Production and Communications from The New England Institute of Arts. Ms. Montano is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and has basic French skills.

Mikaela Houghton
Mikaela HoughtonOffice & Development Coordinator

Mikaela Houghton is the Office & Development Coordinator at GAIN. In this position, Ms. Houghton oversees grant management, fundraising, and administrative activities of GAIN. Prior to serving this role, Ms. Houghton interned at multiple nonprofit organizations in development and communications capacities, including at The Global Village Project, a school for refugee girls in Atlanta, GA.

Ms. Houghton received a B.A. in Global Studies with a concentration in Education from Long Island University’s Global College, Cum Laude where she studied abroad in Costa Rica, India, and China, each for one academic year.

Her senior thesis was entitled “The Journey from Burma to The United States; Narrating Female Refugees, An Educational Migration Lost in Translation.”