Brooklyn Justice Initiatives Staff

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Elijah Anselm
Supervised Release Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Elijah Anselm is a court liaison for the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Elijah previously interned for Brooklyn Justice Initiatives and worked as a research fellow for the Center for Court Innovation. He is currently enrolled in Politics and Capitalism Studies at the New School.

Andre Anteliz
Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Andre Anteliz is currently the Brooklyn Court-based Intervention and Resource Team liaison for Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Mr. Anteliz works with defense attorneys and prosecutors to help mentally ill, nonviolent offenders receive treatment. He is also a Mental Health Counselor, currently accruing hours toward licensure by performing mental health assessments, creating treatment plans, and carrying a caseload that involves case management and supportive counseling for clients. Previously, he worked with Training and Technical Assistance, where he helped support the Center's consulting services for jurisdictions in the U.S. and internationally, especially in the areas of community and problem-solving justice. He is the recipient of a Services for Transition Age Youth Fellowship through the American Psychological Association to support his passion for providing mental health services to transition-age youth, ages 16 to 25, and their families. He holds a B.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College and a Masters of Education in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Arianne Bennett
Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Arianne Bennett is a court liaison for the Court-based Intervention and Resource Team (CIRT) at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In this role, she provides court coverage and works with defense attorneys and prosecutors to help mentally ill, nonviolent offenders receive mental health treatment. Previously, she was a case planner providing intensive home-based services to families at risk of having children placed in foster care due to parental mental health or substance use concerns. Arianne received her bachelor’s degree in politics and law and society from Oberlin College.

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Maggie Cohen
Social Worker, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Maggie Cohen is a social worker with Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In this role, she implements trauma-informed alternatives to incarceration with people arrested for charges of, and related to, prostitution along with youth facing misdemeanor charges. Previously, Ms. Cohen was a clinician at Children of Promise, NYC, a non-profit serving children 5-18 with an incarcerated parent. Ms. Cohen specializes in healing interpersonal and systemic trauma and, to that end, she is an advanced yoga instructor and training yoga therapist. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Wesleyan University, and a MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker in New York. Ms. Cohen speaks Spanish and English.

Colleen Conroy
Program Manager, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Colleen Conroy is a senior mental health social worker at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Ms. Conroy gathers referrals from the Department of Corrections and works with defense attorneys and prosecutors to help mentally ill, nonviolent offenders receive mental health treatment through the Brooklyn Court-based Intervention and Resource Team. In her role as a social worker, she performs mental health assessments, creates treatment plans, and carries a caseload that involves case management and supportive counseling for clients. She also works with youth. Ms. Conroy graduated from the University of New Haven with a BS in criminal justice with concentrations in victim service administration and juvenile and family justice. She holds a master’s of social work from the University of Connecticut. Colleen is a licensed clinical social worker.

Danielle Fong
Case Manager, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Danielle Fong is a case manager for the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In this role, Ms. Fong works with clients arrested on misdemeanor and non-violent charges who would otherwise be detained on low bail pre-trial. Prior to joining Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, Danielle was a Teach for America corps member and taught students in a low-income community in the Bronx. She has also interned with the New Media Advocacy Project and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Youth Issues. Ms. Fong holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Legal Studies from Northwestern University and earned a master’s in education from CUNY Hunter College.

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Nate Garcia
Supervised Release Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Nate Garcia is a court liaison for the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In this role, he screens defendants at arraignment to determine whether they qualify for supervised release in lieu of bail. Previously, he served as a program fellow at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, contributing to the planning and launch of the organization’s Safety and Justice Challenge. The Safety and Justice Challenge is a partnership with the Center for Court Innovation and other agencies that supports local jurisdictions in their efforts to change the way they think about and use jail. Mr. Garcia holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford University.

Ceresa Gonzalez
Director, Court Operations, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Ceresa González is the director of court operations for Brooklyn Justice Initiatives (BJI). In her current role, Ms. González oversees the day-to-day court operations of BJI and court liaison staff. As a social worker, Ms. González also works for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), a clinic that responds to the complex needs of abused and neglected children through trauma-informed care. Prior to joining BJI, Ms. González worked at the Center of Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) as the Director of Court Operations. In this role she worked toward reducing the rate in which youth and young adults charged with violent and non-violent felony offenses face the criminal justice system, and educated the community on the psycho-developmental needs of adolescents. She also oversaw the implementation and operations of Family, Criminal and Supreme Court services for youth programs citywide. Prior to joining CASES, Ms. González was the Jail Diversion Specialist for the Jail Diversion Pilot Project (JDPP) at the Jersey City Medical Center. The project’s aim was to minimize contact with the legal system, reduce the length of stay in the county jail, and secure treatment for adults living with serious and persistent mental illnesses. Ms. González received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Saint Peter’s University, and her MSW from Fordham University.

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Aisha Greene
Project Director, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Aisha Greene is the director of Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, a program at Brooklyn Criminal Court that seeks to forge a new response to misdemeanor and non-violent felony defendants by providing meaningful pre-trial supervised release and post-conviction sentencing options. Prior to joining Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, Ms. Greene served as Associate Director of Research-Practice Strategies at the Center for Court Innovation. In this role, she helped coordinate the Center’s work on the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, an initiative to reduce incarceration and address racial disparities in the justice system. Before joining the Center for Court Innovation, Ms. Greene was a court attorney in New York State Supreme Court and a prosecutor with the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Greene holds a B.A. from Syracuse University and J.D. from Columbia Law School. She volunteers for several organizations that provide educational support to high school students.

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Leidy Guilamo-Abreu
Intake Specialist, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Leidy Guilamo-Abreu is an intake specialist at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Prior to joining the Center for Court Innovation, Ms. Guilamo-Abreu served as an intake and diversion specialist for a center that served the homeless male population of New York. She has also worked as a paralegal at a private law firm focused on housing. Ms. Guilamo-Abreu received her B.A. in forensic psychology with a concentration in criminal justice from John Jay College.

Sarah Jackson
Supervised Release Social Worker, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Sarah Jackson is a social worker with the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. She works pre-trial with clients arrested on misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges who would otherwise be detained on low bail. Previously, Ms. Jackson worked as a substance abuse counselor at an outpatient clinic and a victim advocate for survivors of sexual assault and interpersonal violence. Ms. Jackson holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and a MSW in social work from New York University.

Janine Jean-Pierre
Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Janine Jean-Pierre is a court liaison for the Adolescent Diversion Program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Janine provides court coverage and is responsible for communicating with prosecutors and defense attorneys about the eligibility of youth arrested on misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges for BJI programs. Prior to joining BJI, Janine was a case manager at a work-release residential program working with formally incarcerated men to secure the services necessary for them to reintegrate into the community. Janine earned her Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies-Dispute Resolution—minoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice —and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven.

Rebecca Kavoussi
Social Worker, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Becky Kavoussi is a social worker at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, working primarily with young people. Previously Ms. Kavoussi worked in supportive housing providing clinical and concrete services to former street homeless adults suffering from severe mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. She also sees clients at “New Pathways,” a psychotherapy practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Maryland, as well as a Masters of Social Work from New York University.

Aileen Kim
Social Worker, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Aileen Kim is a social worker with Brooklyn Court-based Intervention and Resource Team (CIRT) at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Ms. Kim works with defense attorneys and prosecutors to help individuals living with mental health concerns and who have ongoing criminal defense cases connect to community-based treatment. In her role as a CIRT social worker, she performs mental health assessments, creates individualized treatment plans, and carries a caseload that involves case management and supportive counseling for clients. Prior to joining Brooklyn CIRT, Ms. Kim was a criminal defense social worker at Brooklyn Defender Services. Ms. Kim graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Sociology and French. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University. Ms. Kim is a licensed master social worker.

Ketty-Henri Kouame
Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Ketty-Henri Kouame is a court liaison at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, where works on the Adolescent Diversion Program and the supervised release program. Prior to this role, Ketty was an employment counselor for youth at Enterprise for High School Students in San Francisco. Ketty obtained her BA in counseling psychology with a concentration in documentary filmmaking from Sarah Lawrence College.

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Amanda Levering
Program Manager, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Amanda Levering oversees the supervised release program in Brooklyn Criminal Court. The goal of the program is to provide community-based supervision for individuals who would otherwise be detained on low bail pre-trial. Ms. Levering previously served as the strategic coordinator for the Circles of Support Program at the Harlem Community Justice Center. Before joining the Justice Center, Ms. Levering worked for the Delaware Department of Justice as a victim advocate and as a substance abuse counselor at an outpatient facility. Ms. Levering holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Delaware and a master’s in social work from the Columbia University School of Social Work. From 2009-2011, she worked as a health volunteer for the Peace Corps in Nicaragua.

Mindy Lupo
Clinical Director, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Mindy Lupo is the clinical director at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In this role, she oversees programming, development, and operations for the clinical department. Ms. Lupo joined the Center for Court Innovation in July 2015. She has previously worked as a clinician in outpatient treatment settings with Realization Center, Inc. and Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens. Additionally, Ms. Lupo worked with Brooklyn Defender Services, where she assisted in developing the organization’s mental health unit. Ms. Lupo also has a part-time private practice. Ms. Lupo received a BA in psychology from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in social work from New York University. She is a New York licensed clinical social worker.

Carrie Miceli
Supervised Release Social Worker, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Carrie Miceli is a social worker for the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In this role, she works with clients arrested on misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges who would otherwise be detained on low bail pre-trial. Previously, she was a case manager for the New York City Criminal Justice Agency’s Manhattan Supervised Release Program pilot project. She has worked in various aspects of social work practice including individual clinical assessment, group work, community-based participatory research, community organizing, foster care, domestic violence and sexual violence prevention, and intervention. She has developed and facilitated programs on therapeutic writing, sexual abuse, dating violence, domestic violence, bullying, self-esteem, and LGBTQ issues in school, community, and government settings. Ms. Miceli received a B.S. in human development from Binghamton University and a master’s in social work from the Silberman School of Social Work. She is a New York State licensed social worker.

Jefry Moncion
Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Jefry Moncion is a court liaison for the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Prior to joining Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, Mr. Moncion interned at Newark Community Solutions as a resource coordinator. Previously, he interned with Court Appointed Special Advocates, where he advocated for foster children in a family court setting. Mr. Moncion received his B.A. in law and justice from Rowan University in New Jersey.

Jonathan Monsalve
Deputy Project Director, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Jonathan Monsalve is the deputy project director for Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In his current role. Mr. Monsalve oversees BJI’s day-to-day operations and staff. Prior to joining BJI, Mr. Monsalve worked at the Council of State Governments Justice Center's Reentry Program. At the Reentry Program, he provided support to jurisdictions that were planning and implementing justice reforms involving collaborations between corrections and workforce systems. Mr. Monsalve also worked to promote access to employment for people with criminal records. He previously served as director of workforce development and fatherhood programs at the Center for Court Innovation's Midtown Community Court. Mr. Monsalve received his BA and MS criminal justice from New Jersey City University.

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Kayla Morse
Office Manager, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Kayla Morse is the office manager and community liaison for Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. She also volunteers with the Brooklyn Public Library's Adult Literacy program and with the Parole Preparation Project, an organization that works with incarcerated individuals serving indeterminate life sentences to assist with preparation for their parole hearings. She holds a B.A. with a concentration in sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.

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Saadiq Newton-Boyd
Intake Specialist, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Saadiq Newton-Boyd is currently the office manager and intake specialist for Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Mr. Newton-Boyd began his journey with the Center for Court Innovation in 2010 as a member of the Greenpoint Youth Court. After serving three terms on the youth court, Mr. Newton-Boyd transitioned into the Juvenile Justice Corps, an AmeriCorps program. In this role, he worked as a case manager with the Greenpoint Youth Court and a youth and community programs associate with the Red Hook Community Justice Center. Mr. Newton-Boyd previously interned as an intake specialist at Bronx Community Solutions and Brooklyn Justice Initiatives.

Tracey O'Connell
Supervised Release Social Worker, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Tracey O’Connell is a social worker with the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In this role, she works with clients arrested on misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges who would otherwise be detained on low bail pre-trial. Previously, Ms. O’Connell counseled children and families at JCCA’s Child and Adolescent Guidance Center. She has also provided counseling and court advocacy to survivors of sexual assault. Ms. O’Connell holds a master’s in social work from New York University.

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Laura Pelcher
Supervised Release Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Laura Pelcher is a court liaison for Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Ms. Pelcher previously interned at the Red Hook Community Justice Center and worked as a research assistant with the Center for Court Innovation. She has worked in journalism and has an M.A. in forensic linguistics from Hofstra University.

Dana Rivera
Social Worker, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Dana C. Rivera is a social worker at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. In this role, she completes mental health assessments, develops individualized treatment plans, and carries a case load that consists of youths and adult nonviolent offenders with identified mental health concerns. Her work also involves engaging clients in case management and supportive counseling. Her previous experience includes more than five years with the State of New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families working with youths ages 5-21 with complex mental and behavioral health concerns. She holds a Master of Social Work from New York University and will obtain an M.S. Nonprofit Leadership from Fordham University, August 2016. She is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker.

Lorena Rodriguez
Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Lorena Rodriguez is a court liaison for the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Ms. Rodriguez determines whether defendants are eligible for supervised release in lieu of bail. Prior to joining the Center, she was the alumni coordinator at Legal Outreach, Inc., a legal education nonprofit, where, along with her work with alumni, she oversaw the transition to college of 50 high school seniors per year. Ms. Rodriguez holds a B.A. in political science and sociology from Amherst College and an M.A. in human rights from Columbia University.

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Skye Ross
Supervised Release Social Worker, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Skye Ross is a social worker in the supervised release program in Brooklyn Criminal Court. In this role, she works with clients arrested on misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges who would otherwise be detained on low bail pre-trial. Ms. Ross conducts needs and risk assessments and determines clients' level of supervision. Ms. Ross also provides case management and offers voluntary referrals and supportive counseling for clients. Prior to joining the Center for Court Innovation, Ms. Ross was a project coordinator and counselor on a research study of counseling-based interventions for men recently diagnosed with HIV. Ms. Ross holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Connecticut College, a master's degree in social work from the Columbia University School of Social Work, and a master's degree in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health.

Elva Tavarez
Intake Specialist, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Elva Tavarez is an intake specialist at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Prior to joining the Center for Court Innovation, Ms. Tavarez served as Support Staff/Interpreter for the Harlem Community Law Office of the Legal Aid Society. Ms. Tavarez also worked as a Secretary for the Youth Development Program at MercyFirst and subsequently served as the Administrative Assistant for the Therapeutic Department within the same organization. Ms. Tavarez holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting from TCI College.

Christopher Troche
Supervised Release Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Christopher Troché is a bilingual court liaison for the supervised release program at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Before joining Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, Mr. Troché worked with the New York City Criminal Justice Agency as a release-on-recognizance interviewer in Brooklyn Criminal Court. He holds a B.S. in criminal justice with an investigative service concentration from the University of New Haven.

Maurice Williams
Court Liaison, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives

Maurice Williams is an outreach specialist at Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Previously, Mr. Williams interned at the Mary Walker Health Center at the State University of New York at Oswego as a counselor assistant, responding to the medical and health concerns of the college’s diverse student population. Mr. Williams received his B.A. in public justice from SUNY Oswego, and paralegal certification from Pace University.

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