Working at CHRCL  

STAFF

Peter schey

President and Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law and its Casa Libre/Freedom House program. Mr. Schey oversees the implementation of the policies and programs of CHRCL and Casa Libre as well as all litigation of the1997 Flores Settlement Agreement.

Mary Jane Hunter

Paralegal at the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Ms. Hunter supports the Staff Attorneys and the Executive Director in legal and administrative matters. She manages all social media, website, and fundraising materials. Prior to working at CHRCL she worked at Los Angeles County Public Defenders and Disability Rights Legal Center. Ms. Hunter received her ABA-approved paralegal certificate from UCLA.

Carlos Holguin

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. Mr. Holguin oversees all litigation of the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement.

CELESTE GOMEZ

Legal Assistant at the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Ms. Gomez supports the Staff Attorneys and the Executive Director in legal and administrative matters. Prior to working at CHRCL she worked at Centro Legal de la Raza as a Project Coordinator. Ms. Gomez received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Chicano Studies from UCLA in 2020.

Daniel Bral

Director of Outreach and Development at the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Ms. Mirzaeian provides fundraising opportunities to help CHRCL and Casa Libre carry out its services. She has a background in grant writing, research, and policy outreach. She holds a MPA and MSW from the University of Southern California

SERAH Mirzaeian

Staff Attorney at Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Mr. Bral is an attorney, writer, and California Democratic Party Delegate for AD 50. He received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA and his J.D. from Loyola Law School. Prior to working at CHRCL, Daniel was the campaign manager for Rob Wilcox, candidate for Los Angeles City Controller, and worked for Mayor Garcetti in his Office of Economic Opportunity.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Peter Schey, Esq.
President of the Board of Directors.

A long-standing advocate and lawyer representing thousands of detained unaccompanied minors in federal custody.

Gary Manulkin, Esq.

Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Immigration and Naturalization Lawyer. Former Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Loyola Law School and Southwestern University School of Law. Co-founder of the Model Cities One-Stop Immigration Center. 

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.

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.

Michelle Seyler, J.D.

Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE). 15 years in nonprofit organizations, including management, administration, fundraising, policy advocacy, legal advocacy, community engagement, communications, and marketing.