Team

Catherine Hanssens, Executive Director and Founder, has been active in HIV legal and policy issues since 1984. Previously, she was AIDS Project Director at Lambda Legal, where she led Lambda's HIV-related litigation and policy work. She also worked with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, where she created and managed one of the first medical-legal partnerships in the country, with on-site HIV legal services in several hospitals and clinics. While a staff attorney at the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate, Catherine successfully litigated the state's first cases on involuntary HIV testing, a class action challenge to segregation and mistreatment of prisoners with HIV in the New Jersey state prison system, and the only federal appeals court case recognizing the right of incarcerated women to funded elective abortions. She also has been a visiting clinical professor at Rutgers University Law School-Newark and director of the law school's Women and AIDS Clinic.

Delia Addo-Yobo, Staff Attorney, graduated with honors from Stanford University, majoring in African & African American Studies and minoring in History. During undergrad, Delia worked as a judicial extern for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School. For two years, she served on the Human Rights Law Review as staff editor and operations director for the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, a guide dedicated to helping pro se prisoners understand and assert their rights. Prior to joining CHLP, Delia worked as a criminal defense attorney at Still She Rises, a defense office dedicated exclusively to the representation of women in the criminal, family, and civil legal systems.

Norma Esquivel, Staff Attorney, earned her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was an E. Nathaniel Gates Scholar. Upon graduation, Norma was selected as the recipient of the Archie A. Gorfinkel award for her accomplishments in the field of criminal law. Prior to joining CHLP, Norma served as a criminal defense attorney at The Bronx Defenders where she represented hundreds of clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies at all stages of litigation. Norma also represented non-U.S. citizen clients in deportation proceedings at The Bronx Defenders through the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project.

Amir Sadeghi, National Policy and Partner Strategist, earned his Master of Arts in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research. While at NSSR, he focused on political theory, social upheavals, and stages where biopower and state violence clashed. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining CHLP, he worked as an Assistant to Dr. Chiara Bottici, Associate Professor of Philosophy at NSSR. He continues to teach debate and public speaking with the Rikers Debate Project at detention facilities on Rikers Island, New York. He is an advocate for people who are incarcerated and answering the severe social costs to the criminal punishment system. 

Consultants 

D. Reznik, Communications Consultant, handles information design for CHLP digital and print assets. As a communications professional and art director, D. has extensive experience across a range of markets and specializes in work with non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education. www.dpi.nyc

Message Agency, Web Developer, designed, developed, and maintains CHLP's current website and content-management system. A media studio based in Philadelphia with significant experience working with non-profit, civil rights, and arts organizations, their primary services include strategic communications, branding and messaging, web design and development, content development, and graphic design. www.messageagency.com