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Meet Our New Director!

We are thrilled to inform you that Esperanza has a new Program Director, Kimberley Plotnik. Kimberley is returning to the Esperanza family, as she was Esperanza’s Pro Bono Manager between late 2014 and August 2018. During her time at Esperanza, she was part of the management team and created and oversaw the pro bono program, which recruited, trained and mentored our devoted volunteers, interns and pro bono attorneys.


Kimberley is joining us fresh from her position at ADL as Western States Civil Rights Counsel where her responsibilities included assisting ADL’s regional offices in California, Washington and Nevada to respond to reports of hate incidents and discrimination, and worked on a range of civil rights issues, by way of legislative advocacy, coalition building and raising community awareness. We are excited to welcome Kimberley back in this new capacity and look forward to all that she will bring to Esperanza.

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project is a public interest legal organization serving some of the most vulnerable immigrants in the Los Angeles area.

We believe that all immigrants deserve access to education and representation. We teach, defend, and empower children and adults by giving them the tools they need to navigate the complex immigration system. Because here at Esperanza, we believe that
immigrant rights are human rights.


Individuals represented by Esperanza staff, free of charge.


Legal services provided annually.


Cases placed with partner organizations or pro bono attorneys.

Mauro Fernandez 

Paralegal Manager

"The literal definition of esperanza is hope, but this organization has redefined the word for me now. Esperanza now means empowerment to me"

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