Executive Director and Principal Attorney
Kevin is an attorney, business leader and ordained Presbyterian clergy. He began his professional career with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), where he served as a pastor, hospital chaplain, and with the General Assembly where he worked in mission interpretation and promotion.
While serving a local congregation, he began his journey to become a licensed attorney when he enrolled at the University of Michigan Law School, where he was the oldest member of the incoming class of 1999. His legal practice included stints at the National Labor Relations Board, AT&T, the Trowbridge Law Firm and with American Laser Centers (ALC), where he was the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. He got started in public interest law while working at ALC when he was invited to serve as a supervising attorney with U of M students who began the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). This experience of working with immigrants led him to consider dedicating himself full time to this practice.
Before starting the Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center in 2014, Kevin spent more than two years meeting and volunteering with people from the greater Detroit service and client community to understand the need for greater access to affordable, quality legal services. After learning from others already working with refugees, he was invited by the Ford Fund to open SWIRC’s first free-legal clinic, which opened in June 2015 with Kevin, his wife, and his college-aged son as staff. From this humble start, SWIRC has grown into an organization with four staff, more than 30 regular volunteers, and three weekly clinics that see 50 – 75 clients every week. We are easily the largest provider of free and low-cost legal services to our target community in Southeast Michigan.
Kevin and his wife of 30+ years Clarisa live in Grosse Pointe Farms. They have four adult children and an 8-year-old Husky named Juno.
Amy has spent her legal career serving low-income clients and trauma survivors. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, Amy began her legal career representing low-income survivors of domestic violence in family law and immigration cases, first as a Skadden Fellow and then as the supervising attorney at Women Empowered Against Violence in Washington, D.C. She then spent seven years at American University’s Washington College of Law, where she taught the Domestic Violence Clinic, the Women and the Law Clinic, the Immigrant Justice Clinic, and the International Human Rights Clinic. Before joining SWIRC, she worked at the Michigan Advocacy Program, supervising the Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project (CVLAP). This statewide program serves domestic violence survivors in family law, immigration, and other matters. Amy is also an adjunct professor teaching Family Law at her alma mater. She serves on the boards of SOS Community Services in Washtenaw County and the National Alliance for Safe Housing.
As Legal Director, Amy will oversee SWIRC’s caseload and ensure that staff and volunteers are supported as they provide high-quality services to clients.
Director of Operations and Outreach
Adam grew up in the Detroit area and is proud to be part of helping vulnerable communities find justice. Adam holds a Master of Nonprofit Administration degree from North Park University and a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from McCormick Theological Seminary. He has served families in North Georgia as a Foster Care Case Manager, as Director of New Media Communications for McCormick Theological Seminary and as site director of two ELCA Outdoor Ministry organizations. Just before coming to SWIRC, Adam started a communications consulting firm building websites and crafting a communication strategy for a variety of nonprofit organizations.
Carlos began his immigration work in 2012 as a DOJ Accredited Representative for Community Health and Social Services (CHASS). There, he worked within CHASS’s LA VIDA program, and with Lakeshore Legal Aid, where he provided representation to survivors of domestic and sexual violence before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. Carlos attended Wayne State University Law School and graduated in 2019. While in law school, Carlos participated in the Law School’s Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic and represented clients in immigration matters. Carlos also participated in Wayne Law’s Free Legal Aid Clinic, where he represented clients in a variety of civil matters. Carlos is passionate about providing advocacy to individuals who would not otherwise have access to legal representation or advice. He is bilingual in English and Spanish and is ready to help!
Please contact us if you would like to get in touch with any of our staff.