ACLU-NJ Staff

The ACLU-NJ offices are staffed by a team of 20 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.

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.

Carolina Batista

Carolina Batista

Carolina Batista is the Administrative Assistant for the ACLU of New Jersey. She provides administrative support for the office, with a special focus on the communications and development departments. Her work involves processing donor gifts, maintaining the communications archive, sorting mail, and welcoming guests.

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 nearly 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.

Dianna Houenou

Dianna Houenou

Originally from North Carolina, Dianna serves as Policy Counsel for the ACLU of New Jersey. In that role, she conducts legal and policy analysis related to the ACLU-NJ’s advocacy campaigns and coordinates ACLU-NJ coalitions, particularly the New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform coalition. She is also responsible for organizing public engagement events, including lobbying, facilitating know-your-rights trainings, and public hearings.

Elyla Huertas

Elyla Huertas

Elyla is the Intake Attorney for the ACLU-NJ. She is responsible for providing litigation and advocacy support to the Legal Department as well as coordinating the Intake Program. In that role, she also supervises the volunteers and interns.

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.

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.

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.

Cory Pilat

Cory Pilat

Cory Pilat is the Data Assistant at the ACLU-NJ. His work focuses on managing, gathering, and analyzing data to shed light on patterns in civil rights and civil liberties issues. This includes, but is not limited to, conducting statistical tests of data, identifying trends and relationships in data, and creating tables and graphs for organizational reports or publications.

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 at the ACLU-NJ. In that role, Alex 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.

Liza Weisberg

Liza Weisberg

Liza Weisberg is a Catalyst Fellow at the ACLU-NJ whose work focuses on challenging abuses of civil asset forfeiture. Through strategies including individual representation, impact litigation, and policy advocacy, she confronts the harms of civil asset forfeiture, a common legal process that allows law enforcement to seize and keep people's money, cars, and possessions without ever arresting or convicting them. She is also involved in cases across the ACLU-NJ's legal docket.

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