Anita is an experienced non-profit lawyer, manager and philanthropic advisor that has worked in the U.S., Latin America and Africa, managing large and complex non-profit programs, providing direct legal services, conducting research and providing strategic consulting services to non-profits and philanthropies. In her most recent role as a non-profit and philanthropic consultant, Anita has provided planning, research and evaluation services for leading foundations investing in the immigrant rights field, as well as other social justice philanthropies. Anita was the founding director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Immigration and Justice, which develops pilot programs, conducts research and evaluation and provides technical assistance/consulting services to improve access to the immigration and criminal justice systems for immigrants and their families. Anita left Vera in September 2007 to spend a year as an independent Fulbright Scholar in Mexico, studying the migration of Central American unaccompanied minors in Mexico and the process of their arrest, detention and deportation. In 2009, she continued her work on minors in migration as a visiting researcher at the Center for Inter-American Studies and Programs at Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). Prior to working at Vera, Anita was a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of New York in its criminal practice. Anita serves as a founding board member of the Mexico City-based Institute for Women in Migration (Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración, A.C.) and the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund.