Jill graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1985, and began practicing immigration law in San Francisco. She co-authored manuals on various aspects of immigration law for the Bar Association’s HIV/AIDS immigration project, and the Immigration Legal Resource Center (ILRC). Over the years, she taught legal seminars and workshops on asylum fundamentals and case preparation, fraud waivers, the political landscape of Afghanistan, and the “anti-terrorist” immigration laws. She served as a Board member and as ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) liaison with the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She also earned numerous awards and commendations for pro bono services. Jill is retired.
Mary Beth Kaufman
Mary Beth received her B.A. from Columbia University in 1992 and her J.D. from the University of California’s Boalt Hall School of Law in 2003. Prior to her study of law, she worked with the United Nations-sponsored Truth Commission in Guatemala, which investigated human rights abuses committed during four decades of armed conflict. Through her affiliation with the International Human Rights Clinic at Boalt Hall, and later as a post-graduate fellow, Mary Beth worked with the Center for Justice and Accountability on international human rights litigation in U.S. courts. She was also a post-graduate fellow with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Past Chair of the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Law Association (AILA), and is currently a member of the Vermont Service Center Liaison Committee and the VAWA U and T Taskforce Committee for AILA National. She is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, and has volunteered regularly with Centro Legal de La Raza, International Institute of the Bay Area, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and was a 2016 recipient of AILA’s Michael Maggio pro bono service award for her work related to detained asylum seekers. She has been interviewed on several occasions on UNIVISION and other television and radio outlets, and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Christina (Tina) received her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law. Prior to joining the Law Offices of Stanton and Kaufman, Tina interned at the San Francisco Immigration Court and served as a law clerk at several small immigration law firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also participated in the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps and received an Equal Justice America summer fellowship for her work at the Immigration Center for Women and Children. During law school, Tina participated in Hastings’ social justice concentration program and the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. Prior to law school, she graduated from UCLA, cum laude, with a major in International Development Studies and a minor in Spanish language. During college, she interned at United Farm Workers’ political legislative office and with the CLEAN Carwash Campaign in Los Angeles. Tina is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Northern California Chapter and a member of the National Lawyers Guild. She speaks English and Spanish.
Florencia was born and raised in El Salvador. She received her law degree, Licenciatura en Ciencias Jurídicas, from the University José Simeón Cañas in San Salvador, El Salvador in 2005. In 2006, Florencia moved to United States and received a M.C.L. Degree from Cal Western School of Law in San Diego, California in 2009. Florencia worked with the San Diego International Rescue Committee in the immigration department as an accredited representative, and spent a year at the Stanford University as a John S. Knight Affiliate. As a paralegal, Florencia works closely with attorney and clients in case preparation. She speaks English, Spanish, and conversational French.
Caroline Donohue is Of Counsel at the Law Offices of Stanton and Kaufman. Prior to joining the firm, Caroline worked as an immigration attorney for Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP, The International Institute of the Bay Area, and the Law Offices of Robert B. Jobe. While studying at U.C. Davis School of Law, Caroline participated in the Immigration Law Clinic. Caroline grew up in Haiti, Morocco and the United States. She speaks English, Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole.
Claudia joined our office in 2014 as an administrative and legal assistant. She now oversees all billing matters for our office, and supports attorneys and continues to support clients and attorneys with document gathering and case preparation. She is fluent and English and Spanish.
Esmeralda joined our office in 2015, and has more than 10 years experience in customer service. She manages reception and client intake, and oversees fingerprint and FOIA requests for our clients. She also works with attorneys and clients to assist in case preparation, and screens and schedules new client appointments. Esmeralda is fluent in English and Spanish.
Bijan has been our office manager for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in assisting with immigration of family members from abroad, asylum, and a wide range other immigration issues. Mr. Tabrizi is bilingual in English and Farsi.