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The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law


Our team is made up of passionate individuals and legal experts striving to collaborate in our mission to further and protect the civil, constitutional, and human rights of immigrants, children, prisoners, and the poor. Select any portrait to learn more or contact the members of our legal department.

Carlos Holguin

Carlos Holguin

General Counsel & Legal Director

Sarah Kahn

Sarah Kahn

Interim Director


Karen Hernandez

Executive Administrator


Daniel Garfio


Daisy Davila

Daisy Davila



Alex Valdivia


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Brittany Novoa


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Peter Schey

Founder & President

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Chanchanit (Chancee) Martorell

Founder & Executive Director of the Thai Community Development Center which advocates for victims of human trafficking, affordable housing, and more. Created and taught the first Thai-American Experience course offered as part of UCLA’s Asian-American Studies and taught“Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery” at UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures.

Jim Tom Haynes, Esq.

Experienced in a variety of areas of immigration law, including employment visas, litigation, and appellate practices. Expert in immigration removal matters and handling complex nationality matters, including regaining US citizenship after renunciation.

Marc L. Van Der Hout

The founding member of Van Der Hout, LLP. He is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. Founded in 1980, Van Der Hout, LLP, is a nationally-recognized, full-service immigration law firm representing individuals, families, and companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California.

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Carlos Holguin, Esq.

General Counsel at the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law. ​A long-standing advocate and lawyer representing thousands of detained unaccompanied minors in federal custody.

William Tan, Esq.

Co-founder of Tan & Sakiyama. Outside counsel to the Los Angeles City Attorney and the City of Los Angeles’ Community Redevelopment Agency.  Advisor to two former Mayors of Los Angeles, and two former Los Angeles City Attorneys. 35 years of experience in handling immigration,  naturalization matters and the litigation of immigration related matters.

Dr. Reynaldo Macias

Faculty member and founding Chair of the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and the César E. Chávez Center for Interdisciplinary Instruction. Regular consultant to state policy making bodies. Co-founder of Aztlán—International Journal of Chicano Studies Research, and of the National Association of Chicano Social Science.

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CHRCL is a non-profit and relies on your generosity to fund our services.

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