Iliana T. Santiago
Senior Staff Attorney
Iliana T. Santiago hails from New Jersey, the wondrous Garden State. She is an alumnus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she received her bachelor of arts degree in English and Latino/a Studies.
While attending the University of Michigan, Ms. Santiago organized the first international “Service Spring Break”, to the Chiapas region of Mexico, in 1994, and developed the first peer based HIV/AIDS awareness and advocacy group, in 1995. Ms. Santiago continued her public advocacy at Rutgers Law School, Newark, where she was an active member of both the Black Law Students Association and Association of Latin American Law Students.
Ms. Santiago is a currently a resident of Harlem, New York. She is admitted to practice law in both New Jersey and New York. Her work history includes positions at numerous social justice agencies, including the HIV Law Project and Immigration Legal Resource Center (ILRC). She published a chapter in the 1998 ILRC Immigration Handbook regarding health immunizations and HIV status.
Ms. Santiago began practicing New York State criminal law in 2004, at Brooklyn Defender Services. She is felony certified and speaks fluent Spanish. Ms. Santiago is a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, New York State Defender Association, and the Kings County Criminal Court Gender Fairness Committee.