Lindsay G. Gray

Lindsay Goldford Gray

Chief Executive 277-3553

Lindsay Goldford Gray is the CEO of VECINA and lives in Austin, Texas. For the past seven years, Lindsay has run a small immigration firm representing clients in a wide variety of immigration matters. Prior to becoming an immigration lawyer, Lindsay was a public defender for the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office. There she represented hundreds of clients in many aspects of litigation, including bond hearings, motions, and over twenty jury trials. Outside of VECINA, Lindsay is an adjunct professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches Immigration Law in the online LLM/MLS program. 

Molly Chew

Molly Chew

Project 277-3553

Prior to coming on board with VECINA, Molly Chew worked with unaccompanied refugee children and their families in an array of Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) contracted programs for nearly seven years. This included transitional and long-term foster care, shelters, and home study/post-release services, where most recently, she was the supervisor of the western region for a program that made reunification recommendations for detained unaccompanied minors and connected these children and their families with community resources and services upon reunification. Additionally, Molly has volunteered in Tijuana, Mexico with asylum seekers and spent a year volunteering with a legal aid organization that served individuals who were seeking trafficking visas or asylum after having been persecuted on account of their gender identity. Molly is currently pending accreditation with the U.S. Department of Justice and is obtaining her Master’s Degree in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies from the University of London. Molly lives in Portland, Oregon.

Jennie Guilfoyle

Legal 277-3553

Jennie Guilfoyle comes to us as the former Deputy Legal Director for the Immigration Justice Campaign at the American Immigration Council. Before joining the Council, she spent four years as an Attorney Adviser at the State Department in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, working on issues ranging from citizenship to intercountry adoption. Prior to that, she worked for many years as a Senior Training Attorney at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, designing and leading in-person and online trainings on a wide range of immigration law topics. She also worked at Church World Service, where she trained refugee resettlement programs on immigration law and program management. She began her legal career as an Equal Justice Works fellow at the New York Association for New Americans, where she represented asylum and VAWA applicants. Jennie lives in Washington, D.C.

Karen Cepeda-Diaz

Project Manager, 277-3553

Karen Cepeda-Diaz was born in Colombia and she has called the United States, Brazil, and Argentina home. She worked as project coordinator for nearly a decade at a safety office that provided emergency support to journalists and their families in danger. Karen has spearheaded human rights campaigns and safety training programs for press workers in conflict zones throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. She has also worked in international human rights organizations that promote social justice. She is passionate about learning new languages, and the fight to overcome language barriers for immigrants. She is a volunteer interpreter for organizations that assist refugees and new asylees in the US., and was previously a VECINA ReUnite volunteer prior to joining our team. Karen lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Jazzalyn Velez

Special Projects 277-3553

Jazzalyn Velez is a second-year law student living in Orlando, Florida. Jazzalyn has worked as a paralegal throughout her entire undergraduate career and has a passion for social justice. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida. During her time there she was active in immigration workshops as well as filming a documentary on the border crisis in Arizona. Her desire to help those in need drove her to pursue a career in the legal field and following the completion of her Duris Doctor, Jazzalyn hopes to practice immigration law. Jazzalyn lives in Orlando, Florida.

Vita Zeltser

Kilpatrick Townsend Visiting Pro Bono 277-3553

Vita Zeltser is Counsel in the Atlanta office of the law firm of Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton LLP, and a member of the firm’s Technology, Privacy & Cybersecurity team. Her regular practice focuses on data privacy compliance, e-commerce, and commercial transactions. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and Emory University. Vita was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine and immigrated to the U.S. as a child with her family, and speaks Russian.

Vita was looking for ways to be of professional utility to the refugee crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. She is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with VECINA to leverage their deep expertise in immigrant justice advocacy and mentoring attorneys on pro bono immigration work to help address U.S. immigration issues impacting Ukrainians seeking entry into the U.S. During her time at VECINA, Vita plans to focus on developing educational materials for pro bono attorneys and the public.