STAFF

Christina Gaudio, Immigration Unit Supervisor
631 853 5216 (Central Islip Office)
631 852 2332 (Riverhead Office)
cgaudio@sclas.org

Christina M. Gaudio
Christina Gaudio is the Immigration Unit Supervisor at the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County, New York. Her duties at Legal Aid include developing and implementing immigration protocol, training attorneys in the area of criminal-immigration law, advising attorneys and clients on the immigration consequences of dispositions and working to minimize adverse immigration consequences where possible. Her work expands across Legal Aid’s Criminal, Family, Children’s Law and Appeals Bureaus. Prior to working for Legal Aid, Christina practiced immigration law, commercial litigation and white collar defense at Moses & Singer LLP in Manhattan. She has litigated immigration cases in front of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, Board of Immigration Appeals, Immigration Court and Asylum Office. Christina earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. In 2016 she was selected as one of Long Island’s “Top Women in the Law” by Hofstra University School of Law and was chosen as a “Super Lawyers’ Rising Star.”

Michelle Caldera-Kopf, Padilla Attorney
631 853 7807 (Central Islip Office)
631 852 1659 (Riverhead Office)

Michelle Caldera-Kopf is the Padilla Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County. As part of the Long Island Immigrant Defense Center, she advises 18(b) attorneys in Nassau County about the immigration consequences of criminal charges for their immigrant clients. Michelle has long experience as an immigration lawyer and teacher of immigration law. Michelle graduated from Columbia Law School in 1998. She has served as a fellow at Human Rights Watch, where she studied and advocated around religious freedom in Eastern Europe and against the death penalty in the United States. She has taught International Human Rights Law and Legal Writing to Russian law students in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. She was a Staff Attorney at the New York Association for New Americans, and later taught in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic at UConn Law School. Most recently, Michelle worked at Touro Law Center, where she was a staff attorney in the Mental Disability Law Clinic, where she litigated federal and state civil rights cases on behalf of people with mental illness, and in the Immigration Law Clinic, where she represented young immigrants from Central America in family court and immigration proceedings to secure Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.