Kimberly Sutton, Esq.


Kimberly Sutton volunteers as MIA’s Interim Executive Director. Ms. Sutton maintains a private immigration practice in Springdale, Arkansas. She currently serves as Secretary of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Mid-South chapter, Secretary of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) Arkansas Chapter, a member of the Governing Board of the FBA Immigration Law Section, and a… Read more »

Allison Wannamaker, Esq.

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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 »

Elizabeth Firestone, Esq.

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Elizabeth Firestone, Staff Attorney, joined MIA in July 2016 to provide legal representation to unaccompanied minors and families seeking asylum. Originally from Yellow Springs, Ohio, Ms. Firestone earned both a B.A. in Anthropology and a law degree from Florida State University. During law school, she gained significant experience in immigration law through internships and clinics… Read more »

Sally M. Joyner, Esq.


Sally M. Joyner, Staff Attorney, 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 victims of domestic violence and workplace crime…. Read more »

Ivonne Cornejo Ortiz


Legal Assistant Ivonne Cornejo Ortiz is a recent graduate of Rhodes College, where she studied International Relations and Latin American Studies. She hopes to attend University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in order to one day practice immigration law. Her areas of interest include gender-based asylum claims and female empowerment/advocacy programs. She… Read more »

Veronica Virgen


Legal Assistant Veronica Virgen is recent graduate of Christian Brothers University, where she majored in History with a double minor in Political Science and French. Before joining MIA as a staff member, Ms. Virgen began interning because she believes in MIA’s core mission. “It is important to me that there are people advocating for the… Read more »