Senior Staff Attorney
Tala grew up in San Francisco and earned her B.A. in Africana Studies at Vassar College. She graduated with honors from UC Hastings College of the Law and has spent her work defending and welcoming immigrants and asylum seekers. In her private practice Tala represented children, adults, and families in humanitarian, family-based and removal defense cases. Her volunteer efforts have included leadership in the Northern California Chapter of AILA and trips to immigration detention centers in New Mexico, Georgia and Texas. Group efforts to end family detention in Artesia and coordination of the Mesa Verde Pro Bono Project were recognized with the 2015 and 2016 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award. Prior to private practice, Tala was a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s Expedited Removal Study Team receiving the 2005 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award. Tala is proud to be a member of the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative (SFILDC) and continue her work defending immigrants and promoting due process.