About the RCP
Administrative Coordinator Anahi Beltran grew up in east San Jose and is the first in her family to attend college. She graduated in Spring 2016 with a BS in Justice Studies and a minor in Forensic Science. Based on her experience with the RCP, Anahi plans to attend law school in the future. Anahi was raised by a single mother who worked three jobs to support her sister and her. Anahi herself began working when she was 10, going with family members to clean houses and giving her earnings to her family. As Administrative Coordinator, Anahi is in charge of administrative operations of the Record Clearance Project. Anahi is fluent in spoken and written Spanish.
Student assistant Bricele Aguilar grew up in Watsonville and is the first in her family to attend college. She enrolled in RCP in Fall 2018 to be able to help people who have been involved in the criminal justice system. She will graduate in 2019 with a BA in Psychology and a BS in Justice Studies. Having the opportunity to participate in a program that incorporates values of fairness, equality, and justice has led Bricele to decide to attend law school so that she can further provide legal services in criminal law. Specifically, she hopes to one day work with individuals who have been wrongfully convicted. She is a certified fingerprint roller, helping with RCP's LiveScan fingerprinting appointments. Bricele speaks Spanish.
Student Assistant Clarissa Estrada enrolled in RCP in Spring 2018. A first generation college student, Clarissa will graduate in Spring 2019 with a BS in Sociology with a concentration in community change and a minor in legal studies. Growing up Clarissa helped her parents in their small business and at the swap meet selling western apparel. She plans to attend law school to help disenfranchised communities get access to legal aid. She became a certified fingerprint roller in Fall 2018. Clarissa is fluent in written and spoken Spanish.
Mentor Victoria Kirschner had her record expunged in 2011, and has been volunteering as a motivational speaker with the RCP ever since. After decades of addiction, Victoria began living a life of sobriety in August 2002. She has sponsored other women in recovery and been the manager of a recovery home. She is active in her church and community. Victoria has worked in the transportation industry for years. She enthusiastically embraces her work as a guide to people moving from custody to create their own, individual stories of success.
Mentor Cheryl Lozano is currently a student at San Jose State University. She received her AA in Sociology from Evergreen Community College and is working toward her Bachelors degree in Sociology with a minor in Accounting. As a former client of the SJSU Record Clearance Project, Cheryl now works as a mentor in the RCP's Path to Expungement program, helping incarcerated individuals move forward with their lives by passing on hope, faith, and possibilities for new beginnings.
Student Assistant Jesse Mejia enrolled in RCP as a student in Spring 2018. Jesse is a first-generation college student who transferred to SJSU from Hartnell Community College with an AS-T in Administration of Justice in Fall 2016. Jesse is majoring in Justice Studies and will graduate Spring 2019 with plans to attend law school. He hopes to work on expungement law after law school and take this experience back with him to Monterey County. Jesse grew up speaking Spanish.
Volunteer Attorney Subba (Shaun) Naidu, Jr. began working on expungement law with RCP Director Peggy Stevenson when he was a summer student at the Stanford Community Law Clinic in 2005. Shaun has supervised RCP students’ work and helped train students for almost a decade. He is the author of many of the RCP's materials. He has a JD from University of Iowa Law School and a BA from UC Berkeley.
Student Assistant Christine Nguyen enrolled in RCP in Fall 2015 and has remained with the program ever since. Since her freshman year in 2013, Christine served for three years with JusticeCorps, assisting people at the Self-Help Center at the Santa Clara County Superior Court on a variety of cases including family law issues (restraining orders, divorce, child custody & visitation, establishing parentage) and civil/probate issues (eviction for landlord and tenant, guardianship, limited conservatorship). She staffs the Mentors in the Path to Expungement program as they assist their clients, and has been involved in RCP outreach regarding expungement law to the Vietnamese community in San José.
Graduate Assistant Uchechukwu Ogamba enrolled in RCP in Fall 2016 and has remained with the program ever since. Uchechukwu was interested in society, politics and the justice system, graduating from Evergreen Valley College with an AA in Sociology. After transferring to SJSU in 2016, Uchechukwu focused his studies on legal processes and laws. His desire to assist the public led him to join the RCP. Uchechukwu received his B.S in Justice Studies from San Jose State University and plans to go to law school to focus on criminal law, corporate law, IP, contracts and politics. He is a certified fingerprint roller, helping with RCP's LiveScan fingerprinting appointments. He also helps staff the mentor program, assist students and with public relations. A San Jose native, Uchechukwu has a passion for music and motivational speaking.
Client Services Coordinator Zulema Pimentel-Licea joined the RCP as a student in fall 2015 and became a staff member in 2016. In 2014, she earned an AA degree in Liberal Arts from Allan Hancock College. She graduated from San José State University with a BS in Justice Studies and a minor in Human Rights in Spring 2016. She plans to attend law school to help achieve social justice and help enforce people's legal rights. She is fluent in spoken and written Spanish.
RCP Project Director attorney Margaret (Peggy) Stevenson has taught students to provide legal services to low-income clients since 1994, including 12 years of teaching Stanford and Santa Clara law students in community-based clinics. She began teaching at SJSU in 2007. She is on the national advisory board for the Clean Slate program of the Council of State Governments. Peggy received the Equity and Diversity Outstanding Faculty award, SJSU College of Applied Sciences and Arts (May 2011); Faculty Lecturer Award, SJSU Service Learning and Community Engagement (April 2012). Prior to teaching, Peggy was a legal services attorney for 10 years and clerked for a federal judge following UCLA Law School, where she earned her JD. She has a BA from Stanford University. She speaks conversational Spanish.
Mentor Laura Wright is a former RCP client. While Laura was in custody in 2014 for two felonies related to her addiction, the RCP spoke to her unit regarding legal rights to expungement. Given new hope for her future, she contacted RCP to start the process of expungement as soon as she was released three months later. She worked with Mentor José Valle, maintained her sobriety, attended school full-time and worked as a waitress. In November 2016, the court granted Laura's petition to terminate her probation early based on her progress and to clear her record. Laura graduated from community college in May 2017 and is attending Cal State Monterey Bay. She plans to enroll in a Masters of Social Work program in the future.