ACLU-NJ Staff

The ACLU-NJ offices are staffed by a team of 25 dedicated civil libertarians who are assisted by an energetic pool of fellows, interns and volunteers. Below you will find links to bios of some of the office staff.

Paloma Aguas

Paloma Aguas

Paloma Aguas is the Communications Associate for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. In this role, Paloma does a large portion of the writing, editing, media relations, and rapid response work.

Farrin Anello

Farrin Anello

Farrin is a Senior Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, where she conducts litigation and advocacy to advance the rights of immigrants and Muslim Americans.

Tess Borden

Tess Borden

Tess Borden is a Staff Attorney at the ACLU-NJ, where she works on a range of civil rights and civil liberties issues. Prior to joining the ACLU-NJ, Tess was the Aryeh Neier Fellow at the National ACLU and Human Rights Watch. She is author of the 196-page ACLU/HRW report “Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll of Criminalizing Drug Use in the United States.”

Diane Du Brule

Diane Du Brule

Diane Du Brule has served as the Director of Development for the ACLU-NJ since October 2010. She has worked in the field of nonprofit fund development for more than 20 years, having previously worked for organizations including the YWCA, the American Red Cross, and several smaller independent social service agencies, all in a director capacity.

Sarah Fajardo

Sarah Fajardo

Sarah is the Policy Director at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, where she develops and leads policy advocacy campaigns to advance the rights of New Jerseyans.

Katie Haas

Katie Haas

Katie Haas is a Law Fellow at the ACLU-NJ, where she focuses on protecting people in immigration detention from inhumane conditions. She also contributes to work across the ACLU-NJ’s docket, including in the areas of criminal justice reform and freedom of speech.

Elyla Huertas

Elyla Huertas

Elyla Huertas is an Intake Attorney at the ACLU-NJ, where she oversees the intake department. In that role, she supervises the internship program and works with the organization’s volunteers.

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson is a Law Fellow at the ACLU-NJ. In this role, he assists attorneys and policy personnel on pressing civil rights issues as they arise here in New Jersey. He has previously interned for the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Racial Justice Program at the national ACLU.

Ami Kachalia

Ami Kachalia

Ami is a Campaign Strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, where she develops and implements policy advocacy campaigns to advance criminal justice reform and immigrants’ rights.

Tracey Kelley

Tracey Kelley

Tracey Kelley has been the Executive assistant since 2006. In this capacity, Tracey schedules meetings with donors, government officials, coalition members, board members and she manages the finances for the organization. Prior to coming to the ACLU-NJ Tracey’s work experience was quite varied.

Molly Linhorst

Molly Linhorst

Molly Linhorst joined the ACLU-NJ as a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow to challenge egregious immigration detention conditions at county-run facilities and the financial interests that perpetuate them. 

Jeanne LoCicero

Jeanne LoCicero

Jeanne LoCicero is the Legal Director of the ACLU of New Jersey. She appears in courts, engages in policy advocacy, and speaks on a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties issues. Her recent work includes protecting and expanding the rights of immigrants, LGBTQ people, youth, and people who are incarcerated. She also manages legal staff and supervises the intake department.

Andrea Long

Andrea Long

Andrea Long has been the Donor Relations Manager at the ACLU-NJ since May 2015. Before joining the staff at the ACLU, Andrea served as Manager, Annual Giving for Third Street Music School Settlement, the nation’s oldest community music school. Over the course of her more than five years at Third Street, she oversaw significant growth in the school’s special events and individual giving programs.

Daniela Nieves

Daniela Nieves

Daniela Nieves is a BOLD Policy Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. In her role, she works on criminal justice, reproductive rights, and other areas of policy advocacy.

Kate Oh

Kate Oh

Kate Oh is the Digital Communications Associate at the ACLU-NJ. She is responsible for producing content on all digital platforms for the ACLU-NJ, including emails to membership, social media, graphic design, and multimedia.

Allison Peltzman

Allison Peltzman

Allison Peltzman, ACLU-NJ Communications Director, leads the affiliate’s efforts to educate the public about the ACLU's impact. She has served as the ACLU-NJ's interim communications director, senior communications specialist, and communications specialist. Before coming to New Jersey in 2008, she worked for two years as a media relations associate in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office.

Ky'Eisha Penn

Ky'Eisha Penn

Ky’Eisha Penn is a law fellow at the ACLU-NJ, where she specifically focuses on civic engagement and transparency in New Jersey. Her roles allows her to use various community lawyering approaches to support the ACLU-NJ in ensuring that residents are able to participate fully at all levels of government.

Lillian Rivera

Lillian Rivera

As the legal administrative assistant, Lillian offers administrative support to the legal team. She is responsible for scheduling calls and meetings, managing calendars, expenses, inventory, and maintaining files and databases.

Alicia Rogers

Alicia Rogers

Alicia is the Program Assistant for the ACLU-NJ. In this role, she provides support to the legal and public policy departments. Her job duties include: preparing and executing filings of legal documents; communicating and scheduling meetings with coalition partners, legislative staff, clients, and others; and maintaining legal files and databases.

Alexander Shalom

Alexander Shalom

Alexander Shalom is Senior Supervising Attorney and Director of Supreme Court Advocacy at the ACLU-NJ. In that role, Alex primarily litigates cases on issues that disproportionately impact people of color. He appears in trial and appellate courts throughout the state seeking to ensure more accountable police practices, criminal justice and juvenile justice systems that are more just, better conditions for those in prisons and jails, expanded voting rights, fairer treatment for immigrants, and more equitable access to education.

Amol Sinha

Amol Sinha

Amol Sinha serves as the Executive Director of the ACLU-NJ, having taken the helm in 2017. He brings to the ACLU-NJ a vision to make the organization a more collaborative, accessible resource for all of New Jersey, and he strives to create an even better, even more welcoming Garden State.

Alejandra Sorto

Alejandra Sorto

Alejandra is a Campaign Strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, where she supports and leads campaigns to expand legal and policy protections for immigrants in New Jersey.

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson is a Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU-NJ. Karen works on a wide range of issues, both civil and criminal, with a particular focus on racial inequality. She litigates in trial and appellate courts and advocates in an array of venues, including state agencies, school districts and municipalities.

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