Celine DinhJanelle, Director of South Bay Programs & Immigration Attorney

Born in the U.S., Céline believes that immigration makes this country more vibrant, compassionate and democratic.   

Céline has advocated for immigrant rights in a variety of settings.  Prior to joining Pangea, she worked at Bay Area Legal Aid helping low-income immigrants access public benefits and health care.  Before that, she represented immigrant tenants facing eviction and housing discrimination in D.C.  She also served as an outreach coordinator for LAF Chicago, helping the agency build its first ever Community Engagement Unit and launching an immigrant-focused Know Your Rights campaign.

Céline graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 2010.  During that time, she interned with the Florence Project and National Immigrant Justice Center.  There she interviewed over 100 detained unaccompanied minors in Phoenix and Chicago, gave Know Your Rights presentations, and successfully litigated a gender-based asylum case.

Prior to law school, Céline coordinated holistic services for asylum seekers at the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture. She also served as a certified French interpreter.

Céline received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Northwestern University ('05).  She received her law degree cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law ('10), where she was the recipient of the Arlyn Minor Book Award for excellence in legal writing.

Céline is licensed to practice law in California.  She speaks English, Spanish, and French.