About Us

Our work to end inequality in our justice system would not be possible without the members of our small but dedicated staff who care deeply about all of our clients and causes. Our current staff is led by our Executive Director, Phil Telfeyan.

img_2243-cropPhil Telfeyan, Executive Director

Phil Telfeyan founded Equal Justice Under Law in 2014 with the goal of ending inequality in our justice system. Phil has helped build the organization into an aggressive agent of legal reform. An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, he directly litigates or supervises much of the organization’s legal work. Prior to founding Equal Justice Under Law, Phil served as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice for five years. Phil earned both a bachelor’s degree (in Philosophy and Government) and a law degree from Harvard University. Read More.

Hytham Ashuraey, Board Chair

Hytham grew up in Yemen, a country with far less credible and established judicial institutions than those in the United States. He has seen, first hand, how easily unchecked authority can victimize people indiscriminately. During his career, he has worked at organizations aimed at national development and improved governance that often flounder because of the lack of a strong and independent court structure. Read More. 

Alfred Baltazar Baca, Board Member

“Balt,” now retired, served as Senior Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section. While at the DOJ, he drafted the first Articles of Incorporation for the organization that became Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia. He was the Association’s first president and served two terms. Read More.

Stephanie Fouse, Board Secretary

Stephanie is currently an attorney in the Office of the Solicitor at the Federal Labor Relations Authority, where she defends the agency’s decisions in the U.S. courts and administrative agencies.  Previously, Ms. Fouse practiced civil litigation at Miller & Chevalier Chartered in Washington, D.C., and non-profit and tax law at Withers Bergman LLP in New York. Read More.

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Corrine Hornstein, Office Manager

Corrine’s childhood was in rural Southern Delaware. Being a part of a large family she found herself having to be a mediator and became passionate about the law and justice for all. She has worked in various capacities in the legal field and is excited about her current position with Equal Justice Under Law. Corrine resides in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband. Read More.

headshotAmy Hutchinson, Development

As a 10-year veteran in fundraising, marketing and communications for international human rights and women’s rights groups, Amy helps Equal Justice Under Law design and execute broad-based fundraising strategies to sustain its vital work. Previously, she served as the Head of Development for Just Associates—a global women’s movement-building organization—and as the Development Director for the Center for American Progress’ Enough Project, aimed at ending genocide in central Africa. Most recently, she served as a Development Consultant to several entrepreneurial human rights and environmental NGOs. Read More.

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Rebecca Ramaswamy, Attorney

Rebecca’s interest in fighting inequality in the legal system flows from her deep commitment to the principles of racial justice and economic justice. A graduate of Vassar College and Columbia Law School, Rebecca has aimed to develop a broad knowledgebase in the civil rights field. During her time at Columbia, she interned with the Center for Institutional and Social Change, the ACLU Voting Rights Project, the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Civil Action Practice at the Bronx Defenders. Read More.

 

catherine-staff-photo-high-resCatherine Sevcenko, Legal Director

Catherine graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History and received her M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. After serving 11 years in the Foreign Service, she attended George Mason School of Law at night, graduating magna cum laude. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the Sixth Circuit, was a Supreme Court Fellow, and then joined the Washington DC firm of Steptoe & Johnson, LLP. She has also worked at the US Trustees Program at the Department of Justice and, most recently, as the Director of Litigation at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), defending First Amendment rights on college campuses. Read More.

 

steph-low-res-311-e1436552611567Stephanie Storey, Communications

Stephanie has been a national television news and public affairs producer for fifteen years. She was the senior producer at Tavis Smiley on PBS for nearly ten years, producing interviews for the nightly TV show and symposiums on poverty, equality, and discrimination. She was also the Coordinating Producer for the re-launch of the Arsenio Hall Show for CBS in 2014 and produced season one of Sundance Channel’s The Writers’ Room with Jim Rash, which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy. Her other credits include Conversations from the Edge with Carrie FisherExhale with Candice Bergen, and The Arena with Jesse Ventura. Read More.