Lesley Mendoza, Executive Director
Lesley Silverio Mendoza joined CABA Pro Bono Legal Services in February 2013 as Executive Director, and is responsible for supervising attorneys and all legal services provided by the organization. In addition, she conducts outreach efforts to educate the community on the services provided as well as recruitment and fundraising. From 2004 to 2007, Mendoza worked at White & Case in New York as part of the firm’s commercial litigation practice group. Prior to that, she worked at Thornton, Davis & Fein in Miami. She earned a juris doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. Mendoza is the 2014 recipient of the “Most Effective Lawyer” Award in the area of pro bono by the Daily Business Review.
Yesenia Arocha, Staff Attorney
Yesenia Arocha joined CABA Pro Bono in 2013 and began serving as Deputy Director in 2016. She is the Program Supervisor for the CABA Immigrant Children’s Program, which was developed to provide legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children while providing training, mentoring and pro bono opportunities for attorneys to participate in pro bono work and gain hands-on experience. Prior, Arocha was involved in the prevention of child abuse with external funding fro the Children’s Trust of Miami Dade County as Assistant Director of KLAS. In the summer of 2006, Arocha worked as a law clerk for The Honorable Scott J. Silverman. Arocha earned a Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2007 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 2003. She is a member of the Florida Bar.
Silvia Perez has more than 15 years of legal experience. Before joining CABA Pro Bono, where she provides legal services to victims of human traffic, she had her own law practice in Doral. Prior to that she was project attorney at the Dade County Bar Association Legal Aid Society specializing in domestic violence and family law matters. Perez earned a J.D. from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2001 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Florida International University in 1998. She is the recipient of the St. Thomas University School of Law, Arete Award, a distinguished alumni public service award in 2009, and in 2002 received the City of Homestead and Hispanic Chamber Community Service Award.
Maria Jacqueline Rodriguez,
Maria Jacqueline Rodriguez has more than 15 years of legal experience having served as a family law attorney in her native Cuba, and eight years as a paralegal in Miami. Rodriguez joined CABA Pro Bono in September 2006. She assists with the preparation of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services applications for foreign-born individuals and their families including applications to adjust status, employment authorization and naturalization. In addition, Rodriguez conducts initial intake interviews, helps prepare legal documents for simple divorces, and assists in training classes to help applicants overcome barriers to becoming a citizen. She graduated from the University of Matanzas Law School in Cuba in 1990 where she also served as a family law and tax law professor until 2004.
Rosalba Peneherrera has been with CABA Pro Bono since March 2008 and currently serves as office manager. Peneherrera handles the firm’s charitable donations, customer relations and grant applications. Before joining CABA, she was a title processor at Manuel L. Crespo, P.A. and a personal banking specialist at AmTrust Bank.
Omar N. Yusuf
Omar N. Yusuf joined CABA Pro Bono Project in March 2014. Yusuf assists with client interviews and the preparation of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services applications. In addition, he helps translates court motions from English to Spanish and reaches out to attorneys for volunteer opportunities. Before joining CABA, he worked as a park service aide for the City of Doral Parks and Recreations Department. Yusuf earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Public Administration from Florida International University.