Ms. Yvette Gioannetti, Lay Missionary
Sister Rachel Sena
P.O. Box 209
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
Phone: 561 533 8130
Fax: 561 533 1438
Sister Rachel Sena and Ms. Yvette Gioannetti have been visiting
with Petrona from the beginning of her incarceration. Sister Rachel
and Yvette have been strong advocates for the child and have coordinated
efforts for social justice with the Diocese.
The Maya Ministry office provides pastoral care to
the Native American Mayas. The office also provides Family Literacy
Program for illiterate immigrant families in Palm Beach County.
FIAC- Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center
FIAC has provided hours of legal guidance to the complex legal issues
involved(dependency law, immigration repercussion of criminal convictions,
etc.) FIAC's main office is located in Miami. Most of the Miami
attorney's for FIAC have provided assistance in this effort . Ms.
Rebecca Sharpless, Supervising attorney in Miami provided hours
of legal research and writing.
The contact person for FIAC in this case is Sister Catherine Cassidy,
Esq. ( from the Ft. Pierce, Florida office)
772 489 4660
Rebecca Sharpless, Esq -
305-573-1106 ext. 1080
Ms. Framer has provided invaluable assistance for justice to Petrona.
Ms. Framer is an Oregon and Tennessee State Court Certified Interpreter.
Ms. Framer is a member of NAJIT- National Association of Judicial
Interpreters and Translators, has served as an expert consultant,
and is a national spokesperson for judicial fairness and justice
in the are of interpreting services.
She learned about the case when an attorney, who was
visiting Guatemala November 2002 gave her a petition to translate.
The petition was written by a group of indigenous women in Guatemala
expressing their concern about the case. (This Petition can be found
in the website as well as a translation).
Ms. Framer has tirelessly devoted her time and energy
to assure the child's due process rights as it pertains to interpreting
and translating services.
Ms. Framer filed a complaint with the United States
Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division based on Title V1 violations
of the Civil Rights Act . The complaint went forward and the Civil
Rights Division initiated on or about March 2004 an investigation.
Ms. Framer can be contacted at: ISA INTERP@aol.com
Her phone/fax 330 665 5752
United States Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Coordination and Review Section
Post Office Box 66560
Washington, D.C. 20035-6560
Telephone: 202 307 2222
Robert Gershman, Esq.
Gershman & Goldstein
Criminal Attorney for Petrona as of November 7, 2003 1675 Palm Beach
Seventh Floor West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 Telephone: 561 684
Aileen Josephs, Esq.
An immigration attorney in West Palm Beach, Florida, Ms. Josephs
filed the dependency petition for Petrona based on abandonment,
abuse and neglectOn the immigration front, Ms. Josephs has obtained
an approved I-360 ( Special Immigrant Juvenile) which could enable
Petrona to remain in the United States after the criminal matter
515 North Flagler Drive, Suite 300-K
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Tel- 561 802 4119
Fax- 561 640 4420
Brett Newkirk and David Kubiliun
Filed a Motion for Substitution of Counsel so that Petrona's former
criminal attorney, permeatted by conflicts of interests ( since
he was retained by the child's father and Director of a Guatemalan
Maya organization) would be substituted.
Their contact information is:
Brickell Bay View Center
80 S.W. 8th. Street, Suite 1720
Miami, Florida 33130
305 577 0227
Fax: 305 577 4229
e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NAJIT-National Association of Judiciary Interpreters
Cristina Helmerichs D, Chair of Board of Directors Phone 206 367
8704, Fax 206 email@example.com
Rev. Irvine Nugent, Pastor-Holy Name of Jesus Catholic
Former Director of Catholic Charities
The School District of Palm Beach County
Particularly the Department of Alternative Education as well as
the Department of Multicultural Education have provided Petrona
with excellent, caring teachers. Telephone: 561 434 7348
Prof. Sarah Paoletti
International Human Rights Law Clinic
Washington College of Law
Tel- 202 274 4290
Fax- 202 274 0659
e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Paoletti has offered to provide legal assistance
Prof. Bernie Perlmutter
Professor of Law
Children's Law Center
University of Miami School of Law
Telephone: 305 284 3123
Prof. Perlmutter has provided legal guidance as to
the novel and complex legal issues that arise when prosecuting children
Steve Rogers, Esq.
Mr. Rogers became the attorney for the legal guardian, Marisol Zequeira
Burke, Esq. pro bono. A former public defender, he has his own criminal
law practice in Stuart, Florida. He has much expertise in guardianship
law. Telephone: 772 221 8602
Siobhan Shea, Esq.
Ms. Shea, former State President of the Florida Association of Women's
Lawyers ( FAWL) provided legal advise on appellate issues, criminal
and guardianship law. email@example.com
Marisol Zequeira Burke, Esq.
Was appointed her legal guardian on June 9, 2003 and on November
7, 2003, made the Attorney ad Litem for Petrona.
1111 South Federal Highway
Stuart, Florida 34995
Telephone: 772 463 0445
Fax 772 220 9694
West Palm Beach, Florida- 561 494 0928
Ms. Judith Ballen, Esq.
Ms. Ballen provided legal guidance as to the dependency/immigration
matters. firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone 562 802 4127
There are many more individuals whose role in this
case has been crucial- yet who wish to remain anonymous at the moment.
To all those, thank you.