Santa Fe Dreamers Project takes its name from our country's Dreamers: the undocumented immigrant youth who, through tireless campaigning and bottomless courage, are shaping immigration policy in the US. From our attorneys, to our volunteers, to the organizations we partner with, to our clients themselves, we believe in the potential of immigrants to make our community a better place both culturally and economically and are committed to helping them access the tools to do so.
Allegra Love is an attorney and director of the project. She began her career at Santa Fe Public Schools in 2005 as a bilingual elementary school teacher and followed her passion for working with immigrants to law school. After graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Law, she came to work for the Adelante program of Santa Fe Public Schools, where she founded this project. She volunteers extensively, both in her community and elsewhere, for organizations like the Santa Fe Youth Commission, No More Deaths, and New Mexico Dreamers in Action (NM-DIA). Most recently, she has worked to defend Central American women and children detained on the US border. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has a BA from Dartmouth College, a JD from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and is a licensed teacher in the state of New Mexico. She loves country music and riding around in trucks.
Emma O'Sullivan is an attorney who grew up outside of Los Lunas, New Mexico, and has spent ten years working in rural central NM. Emma's passion for serving immigrants started in law school when she spent spring break working in the family detention center in Karnes, TX, assisting Central American refugee women and children in the asylum process. As a student she worked with the NM Immigrant Law Center, the NM Center on Law and Poverty, and NM Legal Aid. Emma has a BA in English and Languages from UNM and graduated magna cum laude and with clinical honors from UNM School of law in May of 2016. She lives in Albuquerque with her husband Kevin and her two-year- old son, Michael.
Tess Wilkes joined the Dreamers Project staff in May 2017. She was born and raised in Santa Fe, and was inspired to represent immigrants after serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer through the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants after college. Since graduating from UNM Law School in 2012, Tess has held various public interest legal roles, serving clients from farm workers to survivors of domestic violence throughout the state. She is a board member of the New Mexico Community Foundation, and holds a particular interest in upholding the labor and employment rights of immigrants in our community.
Wes Brockway graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in May 2017. He began his professional career as a bilingual elementary school teacher in Denver Public Schools. After years of witnessing the often insurmountable obstacles that the immigration system creates for many individuals who seek only the opportunity for a stable and productive life, Wes set out to become a lawyer. His purpose is to aid under-served communities and advocate on behalf of those who have been denied basic due process rights because of indigence or immigration status. His experience with the CU Immigration and Criminal Defense Clinic, the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, and his work with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, solidified his belief that all people should be empowered with legal information and have a right to meaningful representation. He now lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Britta, where they enjoy the arts, the outdoors, and the never-ending quest to find the best green and red chile in New Mexico.