ATLAS:DIY
EMPOWERING IMMIGRANT YOUTH AND THEIR ALLIES
UNLOCKING IMMIGRANT YOUTH'S ACCESS TO LEGAL SERVICES, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN A SPACE OWNED RUN AND GOVERNED BY THE YOUTH.
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Atlas: DIY, Powered by Immigrant Youth, is creating a world powered by the joy, freedom, and endless possibility of all youth everywhere. We do this by working with immigrant youth to unlock access to legal services, learning opportunities and leadership development, in a space owned run and governed by the youth themselves

Each of our staff members has distinct skills that help us accomplish that goal. Explore below to learn more about our amazing staff.

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Atlas Co-Founders

Luthfun J. Nahar - Co-Founder
Luthfun J. Nahar is an Atlas co-founder and current member of the Atlas Board. She is a student in English and Secondary Education. She is originally from Bangladesh, enjoys hiking and writes short stories. In addition to providing diligent minutes and organization, Luthfun aspires to employ her personal experience as an immigrant and her training as a teacher to not only spread Atlas to more youth but also to help Atlas become part of a bigger force for the much-needed changes in the United States and worldwide.
Lauren Burke - Co-Founder
Lauren Burke is an attorney, one of the co-founders of Atlas: DIY, and an avid youtube video maker. She co-founded Atlas with three young people in 2012 when she realized that many youth empowerment organizations lacked a true youth voice and weren't fully inclusive of all-status youth. Now, Lauren oversees Atlas' day to day operations, runs IYPEP and Summer CAMP, directs our legal program, and is a leader of Happy Birthday renditions in the park. Lauren is an adjunct clinical professor at Brooklyn Law School, was named one of Forbes' top 30 lawyers under 30 in 2012, and has two cats named muffin and pumpkin.
Yari Rodriguez - Co-Founder
Yari Rodriguez is one of the four Atlas: DIY Co-founders, a fashion retail Supervisor, student, Creative Writing major and avid writer. She was born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn. She is excited to be on the Atlas: DIY Board so that she can use her Slam Poetry jams to speak about undocumented immigrant issues while reaching out to help any fellow immigrant youth in need.
Martina Carillos - Co-Founder
Martina Carrillo is a co-founder of Atlas. Born in Mexico, she migrated to the US when she was 7 years old. She enjoys going for long walks around the city and learning new things from people's experience. At Atlas, she hopes to get more members involved in Atlas programming and to show the undocumented community that Atlas is a safe space in which they can share their experiences and ask for support in times of distress regardless of their immigration status.

Full Time Staff

Angie Juarbe - Immigrant Justice Corps Justice Fellow
Originally from Puerto Rico, Angie spent most of her life growing up in a small town in Michigan. She developed her passion for working with immigrants as an advocate for Spanish-speaking domestic violence survivors during college and moved to New York to law school in order to help immigrant survivors of trauma. While in law school she had the opportunity to work with many young people to secure immigration relief and is eager to continue that work here at Atlas as an Immigrant Justice Corps fellow. She values working in environments that work to address the broader complex needs of immigrant communities. In her free time, Angie is an avid Michigan sports fan (Go Blue!), enjoys reading, and exploring new parts of New York City.
Becky McBride - Director of Legal Services
Becky McBride is Atlas: DIY's staff attorney who oversees the implementation, direction, and successful completion of Atlas' "Strengthening Nontraditional Immigrant Families" project.  Becky joined Atlas' staff after working as a staff attorney with The Door, a holistic center for at-risk youth, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working with young people in New York City.  Becky lived in Argentina and traveled around South America for two years before attending law school, and she continues to maintain her love for travel, the Spanish language, and empanadas.
David Aguilar - ActionNYC Community Organizer
David was born and raised in Sunset Park. After David attended Fort Hamilton High School from 2005-2009, he found helping the community and fellow students both rewarding and empowering. Now having attended both Brooklyn College and Kingsborough Community College, David hopes to further help the community, now working with Atlas: DIY  to help undocumented youth as an ActionNYC Community Organizer. David aims to be a positive influence for fellow Atlas members and strives to do many great things with the organization. In David's spare time, He enjoys playing guitar and other Instruments, as well as listening to many different types of music.
Diaraye Diallo - ActionNYC Community Organizer

Diaraye is an immigrant woman from Guinea, in September 2014 she moved to the US looking for the best medical care for her son. Despite all her struggles, from fighting to get the right medical care for her 3-year-old, to finding the best legal services for her immigration matters; she still has the heart to reach out to other people going through difficulties in order to help them by sharing her experiences and important information. Her courage and an unstoppable personality landed her at the right place. Today she is a community organizer at Atlas: DIY, where she feels at home. Diaraye also has plans to get her master’s degree at CUNY next spring.

Jason Yoon - Executive Director

Jason Yoon is a native New Yorker born and raised in Brooklyn and Queens and the child of Korean immigrants. With over 10 years of experience in nonprofit leadership in the arts, education and youth development Jason has devoted his career to cultivating communities that promote creativity and self-determination. Jason comes to Atlas from the Queens Museum (QM) where he was the Director of Education responsible for the museum's education programs for people across the lifespan both at the museum and in community settings around the borough of Queens. This includes Queens Teens, a White House award-winning youth leadership program, New New Yorkers, an arts, language and digital literacy initiative for and with adult immigrants, ArtAccess, nationally recognized model programs for children and adults with varying physical, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive abilities and work with over 30,000 K-12 students through museum visits and longer-term collaborations with over thirty NYC K-12 public schools. Prior to joining QM, Jason served for five years as the executive director of New Urban Arts, a nationally recognized non-profit art studio and gallery for high school students and emerging artists in Providence RI. In his time, New Urban Arts was named a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award winner by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, underwent a successful capital campaign to purchase and renovate a new building, and was selected for a national Ford Foundation initiative mapping examples of artistic and community excellence that reflect America’s changing demographics. Jason has also been a teaching artist and museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum; founded and directed his own youth arts mentoring program 7ARTS which was featured on NY1 News; and worked as a grant writer and Development Associate for the DreamYard project. Jason has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a concentration in art history from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service where he was a Carl Long Dean’s Fellow and a Public Service scholarship awardee.

Maria Caba - Director of Outreach
<p>Maria Caba was born in Dominican Republic and migrated to the United States at the age of two. Maria continued to live in the NYC for over 25 years as an undocumented immigrant.  In 2013 Maria received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and was also a part of Atlas' receptionist training program. During her time in the program Maria excelled and became an integral part of Atlas' day to day work. Before completing the program Maria was offered a full-time position at Atlas. Maria is currently the Director of Operations and Outreach at Atlas. Part of her job entails going into the very same community she grew up and teaching the youth and community members about DACA and its benefits. Since being granted DACA, Maria has been able to adjust her status and travel back to her home country; and enroll into CUNY to continue her education.  She hopes to continue to travel to Argentina and Hawaii in the future. She also hopes to receive her Masters in Psychology in the near future.</p><p><br />Maria is a self-proclaimed #QueenofSelfies. You can find some of these (and her thoughts) on Twitter: <b><a href="http://twitter.com/MariLove187" title="Maria's Twitter Page" target="_blank">@MariLove187</a></b></p><p>&nbsp;</p>
Michelina Ferrara, Deputy Director
Michelina Ferrara is the daughter of immigrants who feels connected to legacies of immigration, cultural resistance, and community solidarity. She has been organizing in her community since the age of 14 and her fire has only grown since then! She believes we need to create the community we want to live in and has worked to activate revolutionary community as an organizer and youth worker for the last five years. Her work and activism spans from youth incarceration to immigrant justice to maternal health to building fierce spaces of sisterhood. As the Deputy Director of Atlas:DIY she is excited to build an immigrant justice movement that is led and fueled by youth voices and power! She currently lives, loves, and shouts from Brooklyn where she can be found rocking high top sneakers & big earrings."It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and protect each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains."
Mun Yin Yeow - Director of Operations
Mun Yin was born in Malaysia and immigrated to the United States with her family in her youth. She graduated from Moravian College with a BA in Spanish and German adding to her native fluency in Mandarin and Cantonese. Prior to joining Atlas, Mun Yin spent four years working with domestic violence, trafficking, and sexual assault survivors at the New York Asian Women's Center. Mun will be putting these skills to use by providing crisis intervention and case management to the members of Atlas: DIY. As a firm believer in financial and legal empowerment, Mun Yin will be providing hands-on paralegal assistance as well as financial literacy courses to our members. In her free time, Mun Yin takes Calligraphy lesson and likes to read. 
Steffi Romano - Equal Justice Works Fellow

Steffi is a 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by The Paul Rapoport Foundation, and a recent graduate of the CUNY School of Law. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, Steffi passionately advocates for the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth of color, while also emphasizing the distinct needs of immigrant subpopulations vulnerable to human trafficking, violent crimes, and abuse. She continues to be inspired by the strength and courage of immigrant youth, and is excited to continue to bring to life Atlas’ vision of social justice for all members of society. Steffi enjoys playing video games, dancing, and poetry and, on occasion, has been known to participate in all three activities at once!

Melissa Escano - R.I.S.E! Coordinator
Melissa Escano, a social justice advocate and dancer, is a Colombian native who lives in the Bronx. A DACA recipient herself, she obtained her Bachelors in Social Work from Lehman College, where she also minored in Dance and Sociology. She graduated Summa Cum Laude. Throughout her undergraduate years, Melissa was a volunteer for the NYS Youth Leadership Council, an immigrant youth-led organization that advocates for immigrant rights and provides support through community organizing. The YLC introduced to the importance of community organizing and nourished her leadership and political skills. During her time with the YLC, Melissa was the Leadership Development Coordinator, facilitating and developing trainings focused on immigrant youth organizing. After graduation, Melissa continued her passion for immigrant rights and was selected as a Community Fellow with the prestigious fellowship program, Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC), the first of its kind in the country to provide free and high-quality immigration legal assistance. With IJC Melissa screened more than five hundred people and represented clients with USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services), in cases varying from citizenship, DACA, to adjustment of status. Moreover, Melissa is a strong believer that the arts is another medium to bring about social change and justice. She has been utilizing dance and spoken word to share stories of migration, abuse, loss and resilience. Melissa looks forward to fighting for a stronger community while dancing for equality.
Yin Sok- Development Associate

Yin Sok is excited to join Atlas: DIY as a Development Associate. Prior to joining Atlas: DIY, Yin was an AmeriCorps*VISTA Development and Communications Coordinator at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, where she assisted the development director with fundraising, marketing, and public relations. Her work including coordinating the annual gala and special events, assisting with the production and implementation of appeal campaign, providing support with grant writing, researching grant prospects, managing donor database, communicating with the offices of elected officials, and assisting with event and program marketing materials. She was previously a program coordinator as part of Civic Corps at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. She has interned at several places, including the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, and the New York Public Interest Group. She is fluent in Khmer and Mandarin Chinese. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from CUNY City College of New York. Yin likes to walk, read and learn about new culture. She hopes to learn other languages and travel. 

Yoctan Vilchez Baez - Community Manager

Yoctan has more than four years of experience in the nonprofit sector and holds a Master’s Degree in International Politics (Globalization, Poverty and Development) from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom where he was a Chevening scholar. Previously, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Universidad Americana in Managua, Nicaragua. In recent times, Yoctan has been a project coordinator at several Nicaraguan nonprofit organizations, most recently at Grupo Fundemos where he worked more than two years designing, planning and executing development projects directed at young citizens and focused on developing educational programs on the subject of democratic governance and youth civic empowerment. Through these experiences he has developed skills in project design and coordination, research, public speaking, and event logistics management.

Part Time Staff

Cristina Chua- Social Worker
Cristina is Atlas: DIY’s social worker, providing individual counseling and group support for Atlas members in English and Spanish. An LCSW, Cristina developed her passion for social work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. Cristina then worked for 10 years as a Bilingual Social Worker for Good Shepherd Services providing counseling, case management and crisis intervention support to undocumented families in Brooklyn. Most recently, Cristina worked as a trauma therapist, supporting children, adolescents and young adults impacted by abuse, neglect or traumatic grief. Cristina is thrilled to return to her youth development roots and join such an inspiring organization. In her free time, Cristina loves to dance, meditate, and run workshops.

Youth Staff

Pablo Galindo-Arogon - R.I.S.E!
Pablo Galindo Aragon was born in Mexico and migrated to the United States at the age of 5. Pablo graduated High School in 2015. He is currently enrolled in his last semester at Kingsborough Community College, from where he will graduate with his Associates degree in Graphic Design. In his first academic year in college he received a place in the Dean’s List for holding a GPA of 3.7. Pablo has also participated in volunteer work in his community such as painting a mural at a Public Library in Brooklyn. Currently he is positioned as the President for the college's Animation Club. Pablo is joining RISE, which aims to help immigration communities by providing legal services, and also holds a part-time job at a fast-food restaurant. His goal is to become a successful graphic designer and to give back to his community by sharing his experience as an undocumented student and motivating immigration youth.
Krissia Bonilla - R.I.S.E!
Krissia Bonilla was born in El Salvador and arrived in New York City at the age of two alongside her family. She went to Brooklyn Technical High School where she completed the Social Science Research major. Throughout high school she interned for campaigns such as Mayor Bill de Blasio's and Senator Bernie Sanders. She also held numerous internships at the Brooklyn Historical Society where she was able to learn about the local history of Brooklyn. Through these internships, she became increasingly involved with her community and gained a deep interest for politics and history. She currently attends Hunter College where she plans to double major in History and Political Science with a minor in Human Rights. She recently joined RISE where she hopes to put her knowledge of history and politics to help people of all statuses fight for their rights.
Joselyn Guaman- R.I.S.E!
Joselyn Guaman was born and raised in Ecuador until she was 11 years old. She migrated to the United States so that she could be reunited with her parents and sister that she had not seen for eight years. In the United States, she learned the importance of education and made it her goal to attend higher education. However, there was an obstacle that made it difficult to achieve that goal, she was undocumented. Even then, she did not give up on her dream of graduating from college. Thanks to her academic achievements, the support and help of many people she was able to receive scholarships and grants to attend St. Joseph’s College. She is now in her second year of college where she is planning to major in Mathematics and Computer Science.She loves giving back to her community and learning new things, and Atlas DIY became the place where she was able to do so. She is now part of DACA Squad and is excited to continue to be an active member in her community and advocating for those in need.
Luis Quindi - R.I.S.E!
Luis Quindi and was born in Ecuador and migrated to the United States when he was 7 years old. During his middle school and high school years he received awards as one of the best students in Brooklyn. While at high school he interned at the Children’s Law Center, a legal center that represents children going through a legal procedures. In school he was part of the science team, which competed in the Science Olympiad, as well as in Student Organization which was a club that organized activities, programs, and clubs. He currently works as the Assistant to the Deputy Director in Atlas DIY and a member of DACA Squad. He is enrolled in Brooklyn College and plans to double major in history and math or biology. His goal is to help underprivileged individuals who don't have access to medical assistance.
Natasha Lee- Intern

Natasha Lee was born in Jamaica. At three years old, she moved with her mother to New York where she has lived ever since. Her childhood was filled with a consistent desire to excel academically and connect with others. After earning an International Baccalaureate diploma at The Brooklyn Latin School in 2013, she went on to pursue her studies in mathematics and sociology at Hunter College. As the Membership Coordinator and DACA Squad Coordinator, she hopes to help foster the same warm environment that made her feel at home when she became a member of in January 2015 and bring awareness to the importance of safe spaces like Atlas.

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