Allison Wannamaker, Esq.

Allison Wannamaker, a native Memphian, serves as MIA’s Managing Director. With the firm Lewis Thomason, Wannamaker concentrated her private practice on immigration law and naturalization. Ms. Wannamaker previously served with CLINIC detention programs in Los Angeles and New Orleans. She is a graduate of Rhodes College (B.A., International Studies) and Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Wannamaker… Read more »

Sally M. Joyner, Esq.

Sally M. Joyner, interim Executive Director, is a lifelong Memphian and co-founder of MIA. Ms. Joyner has a BA (English Linguistics) and JD from the University of Memphis and an MBA from Christian Brothers University. Her primary areas of interest include gender-based asylum claims as well as immigration relief for children and victims of domestic… Read more »

Caroline Marie Burriss, Esq.

Caroline Marie Burriss, Staff Attorney, is a lifelong Memphian and a recent graduate of the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.  She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee (B.A., Sociology).  Before working with MIA, Ms. Burriss found her passion as an immigration attorney at the Community Legal Center (CLC).  She… Read more »

Ivonne Cornejo Ortiz

LOPC Coordinator Ivonne Cornejo Ortiz is responsible for administering our Legal Orientation Program for Custodians of unaccompanied children. Ms. Cornejo is a graduate of Rhodes College, where she studied International Relations and Latin American Studies and was a member of the Theta Chapter of Sigma Iota Rho National International Studies Honor Society and The Alpha… Read more »

Jeshua Schuster

Legal Assistant Jeshua Schuster has a BFA from Memphis College of Art where he graduated as valedictorian of his class. He studied Spanish while living in southern Mexico in 2013, where he examined the relationship between the United States and Mexico and the effect of NAFTA on the economy and people. Before working with MIA, Mr. Schuster was… Read more »

Saray Roman

Legal Assistant Saray Roman attended Southwest Tennessee Community College, and prior to joining MIA, she worked for GCA Services Group as an Administrative Assistant. At GCA, Ms. Roman conducted interviews with and orientations for Latino job applicants; she also assisted applicants with completing employment eligibility verification forms and complying with fingerprinting requirements. She enjoyed her… Read more »

Lissette Zavala

Legal Assistant Lissette Zavala works with unaccompanied children housed in the Nashville area. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University (B.A., Political Science Pre-law & International Relations). Lissette has fifteen years of experience as an immigration paralegal. Her experience includes: refugee, asylum, unaccompanied children, victims of violence, deportation and removal, employment-based, family based,… Read more »

Shelley R. Johnson, J.D.

Shelley R. Johnson, Law Clerk, is a native Memphian who has lived in San Antonio, Houston, and Central America over the last ten years. Ms. Johnson has a J.D. from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and a B.A. in Sociology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas (2011). Prior to… Read more »