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.
Victoria Maqueda is an attorney who grew up in Los Alamos, NM. She attended undergrad at Rutgers University, in New Jersey, where she swam on the Division I varsity team. She graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers with BAs in Spanish and Political Science. After undergrad, Victoria pursued her JD at Georgetown University Law Center, graduating in May 2016. During her time at GULC, Victoria worked on Capitol Hill with the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on immigration policy. Additionally, she worked with a non-profit, Ayuda, on direct legal immigration services to unaccompanied minors and their families. Finally, Victoria worked with various immigration advocacy groups including Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. and the Women's Refugee Commission.
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.
Deshawnda Chaparro grew up in Colorado where she graduated from high school and attained her Associate’s Degree from Aims Community College. She moved to Florida where she graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with her BA in Political Science. Deshawnda became involved with Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project, an organization that advocated for immigrant rights in the Collier and Lee counties. She is now studying at the University of New Mexico School of Law and plans to graduate with the 2018 class with goals of practicing immigration law.
Hector Aveldano is an organizer with NM Dreamers in Action (NM-DIA), an affiliate of United We Dream. He is originally from Monterrey, NL, Mexico but now lives in Espanola, NM. He has a degree in computer science. Hector has been organizing with New Mexico Dreamers in Action since its founding in 2011. His work, along with the work of all the organizers from NM-DIA, is an integral part of the legal services we provide all over the state.
Bryan Thomson began as a yearlong Legal Fellow at the Santa Fe Dreamers Project in June 2016. A native of Boulder, Colorado, he graduated from Dartmouth College in 2016 with a BA in Government and History. In undergrad, he focused his studies on international security and transnational cooperation, and studied abroad in Pristina, Kosovo and London, England. After working with the Dreamers Project, Bryan will begin his studies at Stanford Law School in the fall of 2017. In his free time, Bryan enjoys exploring the hiking trails of New Mexico, smothering his food in green chile, and fostering kittens in his home in Albuquerque.