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Alipato Project Team

Tia Katrina Taruc Canlas Founder/ Legal Director
Tia Katrina Taruc Canlas
Founder/ Legal Director

Tia Katrina Taruc Canlas graduated from Berkeley Law, where she was awarded the first annual Jim Fahey Safe Homes for Women Fellowship Award for her academic and extracurricular work in domestic violence law. She provided legal representation to domestic violence survivors in immigration petitions, restraining order hearings, and asylum claims. She also handled gender discrimination cases at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she conducted legal research and authored memos against corporations with discriminatory hiring policies. With a commitment to fighting all forms of oppression, she established the Alipato Project as a horizontally-run nonprofit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. In her spare time, she reads radical picture books to a pre-school class in Oakland and plays chess at the cooperatively run Alchemy Collective Cafe.

Rowena Collins Volunteer Attorney
Rowena Collins
Volunteer Attorney

Rowena Collins is an asylum and immigration law attorney who specializes in handling the cases of LGBTQ asylum applicants and domestic violence survivors. She is a graduate of University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she served on the board of Outlaw and as Notes Editor of the Hastings Women’s Law Journal. In her non-legal life, she works as a freelance audio engineer at recording studios throughout the Bay Area.

Timothy Y. Fong  Volunteer Attorney
Timothy Y. Fong
Volunteer Attorney

Timothy Y. Fong focuses his practice on foreclosure defense, real estate and consumer bankruptcy.

He has extensive experience in foreclosure litigation, representing homeowners and small real estate developers. Mr. Fong writes extensively on politics and foreclosure issues, and among other places has been published on one of the top finance blogs, Naked Capitalism.

Mr. Fong is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, and completed his undergraduate education at UC Berkeley.

Gino Barrica Legal Volunteer
Gino Barrica
Legal Volunteer

Gino Barrica graduated from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, PA where he was a member of the school’s national trial team. He moved to Sacramento, CA in August 2013 and currently works as a law clerk for Nationwide Insurance’s Trial Division while he acquires his license to practice law in California. Gino is a first generation Filipino-American having immigrated to the United States at the age of 13. In his spare time, he is the founder of, an online magazine focused on delivering Filipino-American news and information.

Alison Dorantes Social Media Manager
Alison Dorantes
Social Media Manager

Alison Dorantes is an independent QPOC writer, tutor, and mentor. She loves her Bay Area community and loves to be involved in social and political projects involving education, science and technology at Qilombo, the Bay Area Public School, and Sudo Room.


Rima Chaudry
Board Member

.With over ten years experience in the non profit sector providing fund development and programmatic support, Rima Chaudry has an in-depth understanding of what it takes to create and implement successful and fundable programs. She attended San Francisco State University where she served as Director of the Women’s Center. After graduating with a B.A. in Sociology, she worked with victims of domestic violence and human trafficking through Narika, the Asian Anti-Trafficking Collaborative, and the Family Violence Law Center. Rima enhances the Alipato Project’s fundraising efforts.

Patricia Morán
Board Member

Patricia Morán earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from UCLA, a Masters in Library and Information Science from San José State University, and is currently a Children’s Librarian at the Oxnard Public Library. She served on the Board of Bibliotecas Para la Gente, the Northern California chapter of REFORMA (The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos & the Spanish-speaking), and is eager to bring this experience with her in serving the Alipato Project.

Tara Ramanathan
Board Member

Tara Ramanathan’s view of social change lies in a model that combines harm reduction and restorative justice. She is currently pursuing a massage therapy license, and plans to use her rape crisis counseling certification as she focuses on somatic healing for survivors of trauma. As a Volunteer Coordinator, Tara increased Ella Baker Center’s volunteer and intern base by 100% through community outreach.

Heather Warnken, Esq.
Board Member

Heather Warnken is a Legal Policy Associate at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law & Social Policy. In 2011 she authored a study on the role of victims’ services in responding to Violence Against Women in California, and her current work includes multiple projects addressing victims’ rights and services statewide. She attended Johns Hopkins University, Suffolk University Law School, and earned her Masters of Law at Berkeley Law. Heather Warnken has worked with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence on multiple amicus briefs, and has provided direct legal services in domestic violence, custody, and child welfare matters at the Family Violence Law Center, the California Habeas Project,  Children’s Legal Services, and the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.

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