Board of Directors
Migration Resource Center Board of Directors is formed by dedicated individuals that volunteer their time and resources to develop the organization and to secure its existence for many years ahead.
Raul Escobar, Esq.
Raul Escobar, Esq. is a licensed attorney in the state of Connecticut. Originally from Isla Margarita, Venezuela, he arrived in the US at 10 years old. His early personal experiences sparked his interest in and dedication to immigration law. Raul understands, first-hand, the struggle immigrants go through in the quest to gain legal status. He also understands the importance of professional and compassionate legal aid during the highly emotional process.
Varsha has a Master of Social Work degree from Hunter College, CUNY. She works as a Student Life Specialist at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Varsha and her family immigrated from Guyana, South America when she was a young child. Since then, sheâ€™s lived in Queens, NYC and she enjoys the culturally rich and diverse neighborhoods that make Queens so unique. Varsha is passionate about her work in education and working with youths and adults. She believes in using holistic approaches when working with individuals, families, and groups so that each person can be their best self and have equal access to resources.
Carolann Ran Saw
Carolann is a private chef, born in Washington State and raised in Edmonton, Canada. She began developing her cooking skills by her motherâ€™s side as a young girl. Edmontonâ€™s ethnic diversity introduced her to international fare and influenced her palette. She frequently visited the surrounding farms which fed her fascination for the subtleties of flavors and textures; skills she applies to her craft today. Carolann was such a natural that, at twelve, she was paid to cook for those who had heard of her reputation. In 2008 she moved to Italy for five years where she studied Mediterranean cuisine and became almost fluent in Italian. Since her return to New York, she has worked as a private chef for a family and caterer for clientsâ€™ private parties.
Board Member & Co-Executive Director
Victoria works as the Program Coordinator at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. She holds Master of Human Rights and Master of Gender Studies degrees. She started volunteering with Migration Resource Center in the Fall of 2016. Her work as a paralegal, policy researcher, and outreach coordinator has made significant contributions to the establishment and development of Migration Resource Center. Victoria has substantial experience in the field of social justice through her activism and lobbying actions in her home country, the Republic of Moldova. She moved to New York City in 2016 and has lived on Staten Island with her family since then. Her passion for justice, dedication, and fluency in Romanian, Russian, and English are all huge assets to the organization.
Born in the Republic of Georgia, Guranda is fluent in Georgian, Russian, and English. She moved to Brooklyn nearly 20 years ago and enjoys its many culturally diverse and beautiful neighborhoods. An avid cyclist, Guranda has biked through every Brooklyn neighborhood and found her current residence while biking through Crown Heights. Guranda began her professional career as an investigator at the New York City prosecutorâ€™s office. She subsequently worked in finance and at a private law firm. Guranda holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Hunter College and holds multiple industry certifications. She is a member of REBNY (Real Estate Board of New York). With her experience and enthusiasm, she promotes Migration Resource Center's mission around the New York City area and beyond which is crucial for our vision of the present and future. She brings new ideas to Migration Resource Center and our community work.