RIF was established in 2006 to fill the void of support faced by asylum seekers. This void is now aggravated by anti-ASYLUM policies, creating a climate of fear.


rif Team

Maria Blacque-Belair  RIF Asylum Support Executive Director/Founder

Maria Blacque-Belair
RIF Asylum Support Executive Director/Founder

Ellen Friedman  Accredited   Legal Representative at Safe Horizon

Ellen Friedman
Accredited Legal Representative at Safe Horizon

Anne Saint-Pierre  Photographer

Anne Saint-Pierre
Photographer

Sean Langberg  RIF Asylum Support Program Manager

Sean Langberg
RIF Asylum Support Program Manager


Amir Rasoulpour  Immigration Attorney at Rasoulpour Torregoza

Amir Rasoulpour
Immigration Attorney at Rasoulpour Torregoza

Hemi Chakrabarty  Program Manager at South Asian Council for Social Services

Hemi Chakrabarty
Program Manager at South Asian Council for Social Services

Angela Torregoza  Immigration Attorney at Rasoulpour Torregoza

Angela Torregoza
Immigration Attorney at Rasoulpour Torregoza

Tanzilya Oren  Adjunct Faculty Member at Fordham University

Tanzilya Oren
Adjunct Faculty Member at Fordham University

Lynn Hodenfield,  Asylum Orientation Specialist

Lynn Hodenfield, Asylum Orientation Specialist

Caitlin Steinke  Immigration Attorney at Law Office of Sandy Khine

Caitlin Steinke
Immigration Attorney at Law Office of Sandy Khine

Madelyn Miller  Therapist, Social Worker

Madelyn Miller
Therapist, Social Worker

RIF Organizational Partners

Venezuelans and Immigrants Aid (VIA)
Alley - Chelsea
Fordham University
CUNY School of Law
Congregation Beth Elohim Refugee Task Force
Brooklyn Grange
All Good Work

RIF Board members

Carol Skyrm
Audu Kadiri
Shadrach Gonzalez Fher