AS DIVERSE AS OUR CLIENTS
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.
Alpa Amin is the Executive Director of Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN), having previously served as GAIN’s Director of Legal Services. Ms. Amin began her work with GAIN in 2008 as a Law and Policy Assistant, and in 2009 with the support from Greenberg Traurig and King & Spalding, she was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to establish GAIN’s Victims of Violence Program. Ms. Amin oversees all aspects of GAIN’s work, including the provision of pro bono legal services through GAIN’s Asylum and Victims of Violence Programs. She works closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement and is a frequent guest speaker on issues affecting vulnerable immigrants. Ms. Amin is Chair of the Georgia Immigrant Working Group, a past chair of the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force, and a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy, Leadership Buckhead, and the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute. She has been recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia’s Top 40 Under 40 and is the recipient of the Atlanta Bar Association’s 2018 Rita A. Sheffey Public Interest Award. Ms. Amin is a graduate of Virginia Tech University and Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.
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.
Kate McNeely serves as the Director of Development at Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network (GAIN). In this role, she administers fundraising initiatives and works alongside the Board of Directors to guide strategies which enable GAIN to help more clients with quality immigration legal services. Ms. McNeely joined the GAIN staff in 2018 with 10+ years experience in nonprofit fundraising, administration, and marketing. She most recently served Planned Parenthood Southeast (2015-2018) and Woodruff Arts Center (2005-2015). Ms. McNeely is a graduate of Leadership Buckhead, Class of 2020, and serves as VP, Education on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Atlanta Chapter. She was born and raised in Buckhannon, WV, and received her B.A. from Guilford College, where she was later honored as a co-recipient for their first Community Cares award. Kate volunteers to help other nonprofit organizations whenever she is able, and is grateful for GAIN’s volunteer attorneys who dedicate their time and talent to ensure GAIN’s vision of safety, freedom, and opportunity for all.
Rafaela Alvarez serves as the Operations Manager at GAIN. With 13 years in non-profit administration and development, Rafaela uses her wealth of experience to oversee GAIN’s operational processes and is committed to improving quality, productivity and efficiency within the organization. Rafaela received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Kennesaw State University and has since worked in leadership with similar social justice organizations building administrative infrastructures from the ground up.
Priscila Barravecchia is a Paralegal at GAIN. Priscila graduated with an M.A. in Latin American Studies and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Florida. Throughout both her undergraduate and graduate careers, she dedicated her studies to different issues pertaining to immigration and Latinos. Her most current research engaged with current debates on immigration and racial attitudes, while focusing on notions of legality and their impact on immigrant rights. Specifically, she examined the experiences of Latino H-2A workers. In past research she collaborated with her university to conduct a study on DACA students across the university. Priscila is interested in pursuing a career in the legal field.
Manuel Lleras is a Paralegal at GAIN. Manuel graduated with an M.A. in International Affairs from Marquette University, and a B.A. in History from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland. He’s an experience Paralegal with a demonstrated history of working in the individual and family services industry. In the last few years he has worked on immigrant and human rights organizations, such as the Organization of American States, Glasswing International, Catholic Charities Atlanta, and the Central American Resource Center in Washington DC. Manuel is interested in public policy and would like to get involved with the Foreign Service in the future.
Abby Nape is the Victims of Crime Navigator at GAIN. In this position, Abby connects GAIN clients with various resources and organizations in the community in order to meet their non-legal needs. These resources include counseling, medical care, English classes, emergency shelters, food pantries, and other personal needs. GAIN’s legal services provided within the Victims of Violence and Asylum Programs, paired with the critical work Abby does in connecting these clients to social service agencies is at the heart of GAIN’s client-centered, survivor based approach to serving our immigrant clients who have been victims of crime in Georgia.
Abby received a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Family Studies from Berry College, Summa Cum Laude, where she studied abroad in Costa Rica and was the director of Berry’s English as a Second Language Program. She also conducted research on bilingual learning and developed a study called “Intrinsic and Extrinsic Goal Framing on Native Spanish Speakers Learning English” and presented the study at the annual conference for the Association for Psychological Science in 2018. Abby received her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University in December 2020.
Adewunmi R. Oke is the Development and Communications Associate at Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network. In this role, she supports the GAIN team through fundraising, special events, and donor relations. She also executes tactics and strategies in marketing communications and outreach in service of GAIN’s clients.
Ms. Oke was part of the 2019 Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Diversity Fellowship Program, which pairs emerging development professionals with mentors. She is a member of the AFP Greater Atlanta Chapter, and a recipient of AFP’s Young Professional Bridge Scholarship. She has over ten years experience working and volunteering in the arts, education, and non-profit sectors. She earned her M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Raunel Urquiza is the Legal Navigator at GAIN. In this role he coordinates with other team members to make sure that clients can access resources as well as connecting them with other non-legal needs. His interest in immigrant rights began in his hometown in Chicago, Illinois as an intern with Arise Chicago. He graduated from Dominican University, River Forest with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. He is interested in coalition building and the arts. You can always find him drinking a cup of coffee or accompanying our clients.