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Deputy Director, Center on Immigration and Justice, LA office
Stacey Strongarone has been with Vera since 2006 and is the Deputy Director of the Center on Immigration and Justice (CIJ). In this role, she manages the various programs CIJ oversees for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (such as the Legal Orientation Program and National Qualified Representative Program), and assists in CIJ-wide management responsibilities. Before coming to Vera, Stacey worked on prison- and community-based education projects related to criminal justice and reentry, immigrant health, and economic development with the Center for Community Problem Solving in New York. Before law school, she provided pro se legal support to immigrants facing eviction as a Jesuit Volunteer and legal assistant with La Raza Centro Legal in San Francisco. She received her BA from the College of the Holy Cross and her JD from New York University School of Law; she is also a Certified Professional Coach.