Staff


Veronica Serrato

Executive Director
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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.
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Matthew Jose

Director of Programs and Development

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Matthew is the Director of Programs and Development at Project Citizenship. As a DOJ Accredited Representative, he manages citizenship workshops for both applicants and volunteers, administers grants to community partners, and facilitates all development activities. Before he was hired in 2013, Matthew interned at Project Citizenship for several months while in graduate school. He received his MA degree in American Politics at Boston College in 2013 and his B.A. in Political Science from Assumption College in 2010. In between degrees, Matthew volunteered through AmeriCorps in Providence, RI providing elementary school students with after school academic enrichment.
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Melanie Torres

Director of Programs and Operations

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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.
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Peter Haskin

Citizenship Coordinator
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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. Spanish

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Mitch Montgomery

AmeriCorps Citizenship Attorney

Mitch joined Project Citizenship in 2017 as an AmeriCorps Citizenship Attorney. He graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Political Science. Mitch graduated magna cum laude from Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, NC in 2015. While in law school, Mitch was an Articles Editor on the Elon Law Review, and studied human rights law in Ireland and international business law in Vietnam and Singapore. He is admitted to practice law in North Carolina.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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Meagan McGee

Graduate Student Social Work Intern

Meagan joined Project Citizenship in 2017 as a graduate student intern from Boston College School of Social Work. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in International Studies and Romance Languages, she taught English in Colombia through a program run by the Ministry of Education. She has worked with organizations serving asylum seekers in Detroit and the refugee community in Lansing, Michigan. She was drawn to Project Citizenship because of its role in increasing accessibility to the complex citizenship process. Meagan has studied in Argentina and France.

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