Our People

Asylum Access’ international team possesses decades of experience in legal services, advocacy, and community empowerment.

Our Offices:  Global  |  Malaysia  |  Mexico  |  Thailand

Board of Directors


Asylum Access Global supports the organization’s global and regional work with litigation strategy, development, and administrative operations.


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Emily Arnold-Fernández, Esq. Diana Essex-Lettieri, MALD Luisa Sotelo
Founder and Executive Director Deputy Director Global Finance Director
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Elizabeth Otto Lisa D’Annunzio, Esq. Tom Dixon
Associate Director of Operations Development Director Associate Director of Programs
Daniela Reinoso
Daniela Reinoso Simon McDonagh
Latin America Human Resources Manager Development and Communications Coordinator
James C. Hathaway, J.S.D.
Senior Advisor


Asylum Access Malaysia (AAM) provides direct legal services and Know-Your-Options trainings to asylum seekers and engages with UNHCR to improve access to refugee rights.

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Hui Ying Tham Siva Manickam Nazim Bashir
Director, Asylum Access Malaysia Administrative Officer Community Outreach Coordinator
Megan McDonough
Refugee Case Manager



Asylum Access Mexico (AAMX) was founded in 2015 to ensure due process and access to justice through legal services, community legal empowerment, and policy advocacy programs.

Alejandra Macias
Director, Asylum Access Mexico

*For safety reasons, not all employees listed.



Asylum Access Thailand (AAT) provides legal counsel and representation to refugees seeking asylum in refugee status determination proceedings conducted in Bangkok.

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Naiyana Thanawattho Lisa Feirabend Wanrob Wararasdr
Director, Asylum Access Thailand Refugee Case Manager Community Outreach Coordinator
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Samuel Siew Dulyapon Somsri Suchada Saiyud
RSD Team Leader Finance and Operations Coordinator Office Lead/Legal Advocate
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Yuhanee Jehka Nuchnalin Leerasantana Nichapa Chanwisitkul
Protection Team Leader Community Outreach Officer Protection Officer
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Soahil Arshad Shuqul Ahmed
Paralegal Interpreter Coordination Officer

Board of Directors

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Michael Sapoznikow Michael Teshima Krista Maddox
Chair Secretary Treasurer
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Susan Simone Lindsay Toczylowski Rachel Gordon
Member Member Member
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Steven Solinsky Shalini Nataraj Michael Diedring
Member Member Member
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