Co-founder and Director
Shubha Bala has been running the SIJS project for the past two years and has gained extensive specialized knowledge in SIJS and adjacent immigration concerns. Their career has been devoted to the social sector. As Program Strategist at DataKind they designed and ran programs that paired volunteer data scientists with non-profit organizations. At Engineers Without Borders Canada, they designed their overseas sending program, managing students working overseas on international development projects. They directed Yoni Ki Raat, a community-based performance, where they managed teams of volunteers to write, perform, fundraise, and produce a show for over 600 people per year. They are currently the Director of Technology at the Center for Court Innovation, managing a team both in internal operations as well as managing direct service projects and policy work. As an immigrant with privilege, they have had over 15 years of experiencing the complexity of navigating the bureaucratic immigration system, even in the best of circumstances. They have a bachelors in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Masters in International Affairs from the School of Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Brendan Davis has been the primary supervising SIJS attorney for the SIJS project for the past two years. He is an attorney at New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) who works with clients at legal clinics in hospitals in the South Bronx and the Lower East Side. Previously, Brendan worked as the Legal Services Coordinator primarily working on SIJS cases at South Bronx United, a youth development organization that uses soccer as a tool for community change.
The SIJS Project is a 501c3 - fiscally sponsored under South Bronx United.