The Team

Experts dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants and refugees across Arkansas.

 
Stephen Coger  worked at a nonprofit law firm in Arkansas for years before serving abroad as a Fulbright Scholar. Stephen attended law school as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar and worked internationally on immigrant and refugee issues before returning home in 2015 to focus on immigration.

Stephen Coger worked at a nonprofit law firm in Arkansas for years before serving abroad as a Fulbright Scholar. Stephen attended law school as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar and worked internationally on immigrant and refugee issues before returning home in 2015 to focus on immigration.

Iris Aquino  is AID’s asylum specialist. She also handles various other types of cases, and joined AID after years of working for immigrants and refugees in Arkansas.

Iris Aquino is AID’s asylum specialist. She also handles various other types of cases, and joined AID after years of working for immigrants and refugees in Arkansas.

Skye Austin  was AID’s first-ever law student extern. She continues to serve us by helping undocumented families with various issues, and she is focused on serving survivors of domestic violence and other crimes.

Skye Austin was AID’s first-ever law student extern. She continues to serve us by helping undocumented families with various issues, and she is focused on serving survivors of domestic violence and other crimes.

 
Michel Rangel  handles all of our cases out of Central Arkansas, the vast majority of which are Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and asylum.

Michel Rangel handles all of our cases out of Central Arkansas, the vast majority of which are Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and asylum.

Mayra Esquivel  is AID’s paralegal and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status specialist. She has a special passion for mental health issues, and advocated for immigrants and refugees for years before joining AID’s legal team.

Mayra Esquivel is AID’s paralegal and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status specialist. She has a special passion for mental health issues, and advocated for immigrants and refugees for years before joining AID’s legal team.

Laura Villegas  has been volunteering with AID for a year now and has helped families with work permits, as well as tackling the voluminous translations necessary for some of our asylum applicants, and much more.

Laura Villegas has been volunteering with AID for a year now and has helped families with work permits, as well as tackling the voluminous translations necessary for some of our asylum applicants, and much more.

Yessica Manjarrez  handles everything from Special Immigrant Juvenile Status applications to consular process work.

Yessica Manjarrez handles everything from Special Immigrant Juvenile Status applications to consular process work.

Frank Head  has worked on immigrant and refugee issues for nearly three decades, and he mentored Arkansas Immigrant Defense into existence. Frank just retired as the director of Catholic Charities Immigration Services in Springdale, Arkansas. He continues to guide AID, while helping us reach clients and find the necessary funding to represent them.

Frank Head has worked on immigrant and refugee issues for nearly three decades, and he mentored Arkansas Immigrant Defense into existence. Frank just retired as the director of Catholic Charities Immigration Services in Springdale, Arkansas. He continues to guide AID, while helping us reach clients and find the necessary funding to represent them.