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About the Authors

Ayodele Gansallo

Photo - Ayodele Gansallo Having initially qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, Ayodele Gansallo is admitted as an attorney in New York State.  She has been working on immigration and nationality issues with nonprofit organizations both here and in the United Kingdom for over twenty years. Ms. Gansallo is a graduate of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law's LLM program. She is currently a senior staff attorney with HIAS PA, focusing her practice on complex litigation before the U.S. Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, Federal District Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In addition, she provides mentorship and training on immigration issues to pro bono attorneys and community groups. Ms. Gansallo has been an Adjunct Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School's Transnational Legal Clinic for over five years, supervising students as they conduct cases and acquire legal skills in a human rights and immigration law casework setting. Ms. Gansallo co-chairs the Asylum Liaison Committee of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association and is a member of the Executive Office for Immigration Review's Pro Bono Liaison Committee. She is the recipient of the AILA Philadelphia Chapter Matthew Baxter Mentorship Award.


Judith Bernstein-Baker

Photo - Judith  Bernstein-Baker Judith Bernstein-Baker, M.S.W., Esq., has been the Executive Director of HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) Pennsylvania since 1998. HIAS Pennsylvania is a non-profit agency that provides legal, resettlement, social, and support services to immigrants and refugees; since it was established in 1884, HIAS Pennsylvania has provided assistance to more than 350,000 new Americans in the Philadelphia region. HIAS Pennsylvania’s legal staff handle more than 1,000 immigration cases annually and represent foreign nationals before the U.S. immigration courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal courts.

Prior to becoming Executive Director of HIAS Pennsylvania in 1998, Ms. Bernstein-Baker was the founding Director of the Public Service Program at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and was named Honorary Fellow of Penn Law School. Recent awards include the inaugural Pennsylvania Bar Pro Bono Award (2015): the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award (2013); and an award for community service from the African Family Health Organization (2015). She has also received the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission Award and the Equal Justice Award from Community Legal Services. Ms. Bernstein-Baker has published several articles on immigration issues in legal publications and law reviews focused on citizenship, refugee resettlement, and immigrant youth. She teaches immigration law for paralegals at Philadelphia Community College and has been an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, serving as pro bono co-chair from 2007 until 2015.