Our Team



Andrew Baranoski  joined PIRC in January 2020 as Executive Director. He has long been committed to refugee and asylee resettlement and access to legal services for all immigrants. Prior to joining PIRC, Andrew proudly served as the Executive Director of the American Civic Association in Binghamton, New York from 2008 until 2015.  Most recently, he worked in higher education at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.  He graduated from Binghamton University with a BA in anthropology. After college, he became certified as a paralegal at Syracuse University. Later he earned his Master of Public Administration degree at Binghamton University and completed a year-long graduate internship at the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York.

Andrew was born and raised in Snyder County, PA.  Andrew and his wife Barbara are excited to return to Pennsylvania to be close to family and friends. They enjoy traveling and all genres of music and often combine these two past-times attending music festivals abroad and across the USA.


Elizabeth Miller  joined PIRC in 2022 as Development Director, previously serving the organization as Office Manager/Development Manager, Office Manager, and intern over a period of 10 years. Miller received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Goucher College, with a concentration in Social Justice and Minor in Communications and Media Studies and earned her Master’s degree in Social Justice and Human Rights from Arizona State University, with a Concentration in NGO Management.   She is a Lancaster native, and most recently worked with the Mennonite Economic Development Associates as Strategic Engagement Coordinator. She is passionate about human rights issues, specifically those surrounding immigrant rights and gender equity. Miller serves on the board of the Lancaster-based Feakins Foundation. 



Ryan Brunsink  is a managing attorney for the Removal Defense Programs. He joined PIRC in March of 2015, after serving as a judicial fellow in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia where he regularly drafted legal opinions. Ryan graduated, cum laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law in May of 2014. At Pepperdine, Ryan successfully represented vulnerable clients with fear-based claims through Pepperdine’s Asylum and Refugee Clinic. He worked as a summer law clerk at the Law Offices of Carl Shusterman, a prominent immigration firm in Los Angeles, and provided pro bono legal aid to indigent clients through Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles during his time in law school. Ryan obtained a BA in Economics and Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in 2008, and remains an avid Wahoo fan. Ryan is proficient in Spanish.


Ben Hooper is a supervising attorney with PIRC’s Removal Defense Programs.  Since joining PIRC in January 2018, Ben has represented immigrants in Pennsylvania detained at York and Moshannon Valley, and other prisons in the Eastern United States. Ben’s work has focused on applicants for asylum and protection under the United Nations Convention against Torture, defending individuals with refugee status from removal, and advocating for immigrants with limited English-language proficiency.  Ben’s notable cases include B.C. v. AG United States, 12 F.4th 306 (3d Cir. 2021) and Ishmael v. AG United States, 77 F.4th 175 (3d Cir. 2023).  Ben has been a legal aid attorney for 25 years; he previously worked for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, MidPenn Legal Services, Columbia Legal Services and Legal Assistance of Western New York.  Ben earned his J.D. degree from Northeastern University, and a B.A. in Political Science at Binghamton University. Ben lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with his wife, Victoria, and their dog and two cats.


Yarima Gonzalez Crespo  joined the Removal Defense Program at PIRC in September 2022. She earned her J.D. from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, School of Law in 2019 and is admitted to practice law in Puerto Rico. As part of her J.D., she took courses in Immigration Law, Therapeutic Justice, Appellate Practice and Human Rights Advocacy and Humanitarian Issues. She also worked with the Juvenile Drug Court Program and volunteered with Amnesty International with the “Know Your Rights” campaign. As an attorney, she has done mostly criminal defense work, emphasizing in the appellate practice. Yarima has worked for various nonprofit organizations, mostly in the Human Rights field. She is a member of the Puerto Rico’s Lawyer’s Guild and candidate for the Federal Bar Exam for the San Juan, PR District. Yarima is a native Spanish speaker.


Samantha Naranjo-Gonzalez joined PIRC in 2020 as Office Manager and assisted with Citizenship Coordination along the way. She graduated from HACC with a degree in Paralegal Studies and received DOJ Accreditation in 2022. She is fluent in Spanish and coordinates all aspects of the Legal Orientation Program which provides education to immigrants in detention in Pennsylvania. Samantha is passionate about immigration law and helping other immigrants achieve their dreams.


Fernanda Hernandez  has worked with the Removal Defense team since joining PIRC in 2016. She graduated HACC with a degree in Behavioral and Social Sciences, with a concentration on Paralegal Studies in 2016, and earned her Bachelor degree in Applied Science in Technical Leadership from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2019.  Fernanda is fluent in Spanish, and received her DOJ accreditation in early 2018.

After getting her partial accreditation, she started providing legal orientation classes to detained immigrants at York County Prison and Berks County Residential Center, continuing to do so today at the Moshannon Valley Processing Center & Clinton County Correctional Facility. Now with full Department of Justice Accreditation, Fernanda hopes to start working towards not providing education to immigrants in detention but to also help them fight for their freedom, representing them in front of an immigration court.

At PIRC, Ms. Hernandez provides remote and in-person classes for immigrants in detention to inform them of their rights and what to  to expect in immigration court. She also manages the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), from scheduling in-person services all the way to stakeholders’ meetings such as ICE, EOIR, and detention facility staff. Fernanda would love to have more capacity or partner with other organizations to refer detained immigrants who are PA residents and to collaborate on a bond project – currently the need for detained representation and bond help far outweighs the capacity among organizations throughout the state.


Gabriela Menjivar started with PIRC in 2023. She graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) in 2020 with an associate degree in paralegal studies. Gabriela is currently attending Central Penn with a major in Legal Studies and is planning to attend law school with the end goal of becoming an immigration attorney. She decided to join PIRC because immigration is something that is very close to her heart, and it is an organization where she believe she will be able to help make a change. Gabriela has a 4-month-old daughter, a husband and a very energetic Australian Shepard. 

At PIRC, Gabriela is the Legal Orientation Program Coordinator where she will be providing operational support services for PIRC’s Removal Defense Programs, primarily the LOP. 


Yomayra Burgos started with PIRC in 2022 as the PA Immigrant Family Unity Project (PAIFUP) coordinator.  Born and raised in Lancaster, PA Ms. Burgos is Puerto Rican/Peruvian, and fluent in Spanish. She earned her bachelor’s in 2018 from Millersville University with a degree in Geography and Latino Studies. In 2018 she also conducted community outreach through her internship with the Jess King for Congress campaign. For years Ms. Burgos mentored young women pursuing their higher educational goals, a part of the Miss Hispanidad Scholarship Program (Latin American Alliance). Yomayra Burgos is committed to serving the immigrant community.


Milca Louis is originally from Haiti and has resided in the US since 2009. In March 2023, she joined the PIRC – Removal Defense Team as a DOJ Accredited Representative. She earned my bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2017. For the past 7 years, she worked as an ABA Therapist/Teacher Counselor, specializing in working with children and individuals on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Louis enrolled in HACC in 2023 for Nursing and will be undertaking the VIISTA Program at Villanova for my DOJ Accreditation. Her  motivation to work in this field stemmed from encountering individuals in immigration proceedings who lacked guidance to navigate the difficult process. 



Diana Bieber Locke rejoined PIRC in January 2021 as a supervising attorney in Community Programs, having previously worked at PIRC during the development of the Immigrant Survivors Project. She brings over ten years’ experience in immigration legal representation for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking and has provided trainings on this topic across the state.  Prior to law school, Ms. Bieber Locke worked as part of an Americorps volunteer program in southern Colorado where she helped initiate the San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center and successfully applied for its DOJ recognition. Ms. Bieber Locke earned her law degree cum laude from New York University School of Law and her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Sociology/Anthropology with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies from Swarthmore College. She has studied and worked in Peru, Colombia, and the Netherlands and is proficient in Spanish.


Melissa Vega joined Removal Defense Programs at PIRC in April 2019. She transitioned to the newly created hybrid position of Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney & Community Response Project Attorney in September 2023. Prior to joining PIRC, Melissa had clerked for an appellate judge and been a sole practitioner of immigration law. Melissa is fluent in Spanish.


As the Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney, Melissa receives referrals from WellSpan Health Special Programs to assist medically and financially vulnerable patients with a variety of immigration law issues. As Community Response Project Attorney, she works with community partners to identify and assist unrepresented persons in York County with urgent and immediate immigration issues. Melissa, who is without a doubt a “people person,” is grateful to be uniquely positioned at the forefront of something new and exciting for immigrants in York County.


Sarah Martin-Torres is the State Liaison for the Immigrant Survivors Project at the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Temple University and has been providing immigration legal services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking for nearly a decade as a Department of Justice Accredited Representative. Ms. Martin-Torres also coordinates the Immigrant Survivors Advocate Network (ISAN) and is fluent in Spanish.


Rosa Perez-Lupian graduated from Delone Catholic High School in 1992 and attended DeVry University.  She is the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents.   In 2005, she began her 12 year career as Bilingual Client Advocate and Community Education Coordinator at YWCA Hanover Safe Home, where she established a robust program of community outreach, speaking to thousands of students as well as adult groups about healthy relationships and intimate partner violence.  While developing her skills as an advocate, Mr. Perez-Lupian found that assisting immigrant victims of crime brought deep satisfaction.  Through this work, she formed a strong bond with the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, where she began to work in November 2017.



Jazmin H. Hernandez  joined PIRC in August 2019 as a Citizenship Coordinator. Jazmin is the daughter of Mexican parents who brought her to the U.S. in 2008 when she was 11 years old. She earned her Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal Studies in June 2017. Jazmin continued her education at Central Penn College and graduated in March 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. She worked as a paralegal for a private law firm assisting in family petitions, asylum, and removal proceedings. She is passionate about helping the immigrant community as she is an immigrant herself and knows the obstacles and challenges they face. Jazmin is fluent in Spanish.



Minerva Orengo-Costa joined PIRC in December 2022 as Office Manager/ISP Coordinator. Prior to joining PIRC, Minerva worked in different fields involving administrative work, customer service, and quality control. Minerva is currently pursuing DOJ Accreditation to work closer with immigrants in their immigration journey. She is a native Spanish speaker and fully bilingual. Her diverse background alongside her passion for access to justice, motivates her every day to go above and beyond to support the immigrant community, the organization and its mission.


Dalia Berroa joined PIRC in early 2024. She was born in the Dominican Republic and was brought to the US by her parents in 1998 at the age of six. Dalia completed my associate degree in early childhood education online through Ashford University.  She taught preschool for 10 years and managed a childcare center for 4 years before deciding to make a change and explore immigration law. She has always enjoyed helping others.


Kimberly Mahaffy, Ph.D.

Board President

Millersville University

Professor of Sociology


Amy Chamberlin

Board Vice President

Family First Health

Senior Director of Development


David Corman


Family First Health

Manager of Donor Relations


Sonia Wise, Esq.

Adams County Public Defender’s Office



Marilyn Neuberger

Teacher of English as a Second Language

Community Volunteer


Gabriela Dehart

York City School District

Bilingual Outreach Worker


Caty Houtman

York County Public Defenders Office



Angus Love, Esq.

Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project

Emeritus Director


Komal Patel

Members 1st FCU

Commercial Relationship Manager


George Stoltzfus

Retired Physician and Administrator


Tamara Shehadeh-Cope

Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Attorney/Hearing Examiner