Staff


Veronica Serrato

Executive Director

Veronica Serrato joined Project Citizenship in 2014 as its first Executive Director. Veronica’s interest in citizenship stems from the fact that she is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who became naturalized citizens. Veronica’s legal experience has focused on family law while at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain, Casa Myrna Vasquez and Volunteer Lawyers Project. Veronica also has experience as a prosecutor, hearing officer for the Department of Children and Families and as a Lecturer at Boston University School of Law in the Legal Research and Writing Program. Veronica graduated from Harvard University and Boston University School of Law.
Email: [email protected]

 

Melanie Torres

Director of Programs and Operations

Melanie joined Project Citizenship in 2015.  She is the Director of Programs and Operations and a DOJ Accredited Representative at Project Citizenship. She manages citizenship workshops, immigrant outreach, grants to community partners, and finance. As the daughter of a naturalized citizen, her interest in immigration and citizenship has shaped her studies and career. Melanie graduated from Boston University with a degree in International Relations, and then spent some time working abroad in Latin America. Prior to her position at Project Citizenship, she worked as a Site Manager at Chelsea Community Schools, providing ESOL, arts and recreation courses for families of the Chelsea community. She currently serves on the Commission for Immigrant Rights and Citizenship for the City of Cambridge.
Email: [email protected]

Vic Acosta

Director of Development

Vic joined Project Citizenship in 2018 as Director of Development. Vic comes with significant experience in business development having worked in several human services organizations in Greater Boston helping people experiencing homelessness, in substance disorder treatment, and in mental health recovery. As the founding Program Director and then Executive Director for Back on My Feet Boston, an organization that helps homeless transition out of shelters, his work has been recognized through receipt of the Wainwright Foundation Award. He is also the founder of New England’s first and only marathon based program for at-risk high school students, Dreamfar High School Marathon. Vic who was born in Bogota Colombia is himself a naturalized citizen and has seen the common challenges and benefits of attaining citizenship across all the segments of people he has served.
Email: [email protected]tizenship.org

 

Stephen Roth

Staff Attorney

Stephen joined Project Citizenship as Staff Attorney in 2018. Stephen comes to Project Citizenship having specialized in immigration and nationality law, with over five years of service in private practice.  He has extensive experience representing detained and non-detained immigrants undergoing removal proceedings and in family-based petitions in both New England and greater New York City. Stephen’s primary role at Project Citizenship is to confront the wide-range of legal issues that arise for naturalization applicants and work collaboratively with community-based partners to provide legal support and up-to-date information to the immigrant communities of New England. Stephen earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. He is licensed in both Massachusetts and New York and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Email: [email protected]

 

Peter Haskin

Citizenship Coordinator

 

Peter joined Project Citizenship as an NAIP AmeriCorps Fellow in September, 2016. Since August 2017, he has served as Citizenship Coordinator. His responsibilities include conducting outreach in Boston’s immigrant community, organizing citizenship workshops, coordinating pro bono opportunities for volunteer attorneys, and translating for applicants at naturalization interviews. He holds a degree in history from Boston College, where he was a resident of a Spanish-language dormitory. Peter has studied in the Middle East and in Latin America.

Email: [email protected]

 

Casey McLaughlin

New Americans Integration Program (NAIP) AmeriCorps Fellow

 

Casey McLaughlin joined Project Citizenship in 2017 as a New American Integration Program AmeriCorps Fellow. She graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in International Studies and Hispanic Studies, while concentrating in ethics and social justice. Throughout the past five years, Casey has served at several non-profits around Boston advocating for victims of domestic violence, suicide prevention, and civic engagement and leadership for Latinx youth. At Project Citizenship, Casey aids in client support, manages organization communications, and coordinates workshops in the local communities of Boston.

Email: [email protected] 

 

Erik Finn

New Americans Integration Program (NAIP) AmeriCorps Fellow

Erik joined Project Citizenship in 2017 as a New American Integration Program Americorps Fellow. He is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with majors in Political Science and Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. While at UMass, Erik was a member of the club swim team, served as president of the Russian club, and worked as a program coordinator for educational exchange programs with students from Iraq and South-East Asia. As the proud son of a naturalized citizen, Erik looks forward to helping new immigrant communities through the citizenship process during his service year.

Email: [email protected] 

 

Kayla Walker

New Americans Integration Program (NAIP) AmeriCorps Fellow

Kayla Walker joined Project Citizenship in September 2017 as a New Americans Integration Program AmeriCorps fellow. Her responsibilities include supporting clients, translation between Spanish and English, and assisting with and setting up law firm workshops. She joined after graduating with a B.A. in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies from DePaul University. Working with immigrant communities in Chicago and with family members of migrants left behind in Mexico grew her interest in understanding immigration processes in the U.S. and the meaning of her own citizenship within the U.S.

Email: [email protected] 

 

Leptune Paul

New Americans Integration Program (NAIP) AmeriCorps Fellow

Leptune joined Project Citizenship in 2017 as an NAIP AmeriCorps Fellow. He is passionate about alleviating the problems faced by immigrant communities as an immigrant himself, who survived the big earthquake that destroyed many lives in Haiti. He graduated from Church of God Seminary of Theology with a degree in Theology in Haiti, in 2001. In 2003, he graduated with a Law degree from the State University School of Law in Haiti. He worked as a senior pastor and a law instructor for many years in Haiti. In USA before he served as an NAIP, from Jefferson Community College in NY, Leptune graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies. He interned with Weldon and Trimper Law firm in NY, with Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services in MA, and did some pro bono work with the Greater Boston Legal Services in MA.  He recently received his Master of Laws at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.

Email: [email protected] 

 

Luis Guerrero

Legal Intern

Luis Guerrero joined Project Citizenship in 2018 as a Legal Intern. Luis is interested in pursuing a career in immigration law. Luis’s interest in immigration comes from his own family experience being the proud son of a naturalized citizen. Luis’s parents are both first generation immigrants from Ecuador. He graduated from Merrimack College with a degree in Political Science and Economics. Luis is currently a law student at Boston University School of Law, where he serves as Treasurer of the Latin American Law Student Association.

Email: [email protected]

 

Jimena Mohedas

Legal Intern

Jimena Mohedas joined Project Citizenship in 2018 as a Legal Intern. Jimena is interested in criminal defense work as it relates to immigrants and larger populations of indigent and otherwise marginalized communities. Jimena’s interest in immigration is grounded in her family’s own history of immigration. Jimena’s parents are both first generation immigrants from Argentina, who naturalized over 25 years ago. Jimena graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Political Science and Italian. Jimena is currently a law student at Boston University School of Law, where she serves as Vice President of the Latin American Law Student Association.

Email: [email protected]

 

Shelly Yin

Program Intern

Shelly joined Project Citizenship as a Summer Program Intern in 2018. She recently received a B.S. in Communication and a B.A. in Sociology from Boston University. Before entering graduate school in New York University in September, she will spend the summer at Project Citizenship helping more immigrants on their path to becoming US citizens. Shelly is originally from Shanghai, China, and she looks forward to increasing the awareness of citizenship within the Chinese-speaking immigrant communities.

Email: [email protected]

 

Rhea Shah

Program Intern

Rhea joined Project Citizenship as a Summer Intern in 2018. She is a rising Senior at Boston University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and interested in pursuing Law/International Relations in the future. She has always been interested in social change and the combination of technology in aiding that change. As the daughter of immigrants, she has cherished the many opportunities her parents made available to her, as an eager student and learner! This summer, she will be helping with citizenship applications, working on various community and data-analysis outreach projects, as well as assisting in social media and communications research. Rhea is fluent in Gujarati and Hindi, with conversational knowledge of French.

Email: [email protected]