Joan Hodges-Wu, MA, MSW, LGSW

Founder & Executive Director


A social worker by profession and a torture treatment specialist by training, Joan Hodges-Wu has dedicated her career to serving low-income, English limited, vulnerable immigrant populations. Joan is a nationally recognized torture treatment subject matter expert, a regular advisor to the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), and the lead author of the Survivor of Torture Psychosocial Well-being Index. A version of her tool serves as the national program evaluation measure for ORR's $10 million Survivor of Torture program. Joan founded the Asylum Seeker Assistance Project in 2016 to connect all persons fleeing persecution, including survivors of torture, to critical services and support. Joan holds a Masters in Refugee Care from the University of Essex in England and a Masters in Social Work from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia.


Cindy Hallberlin, J.D.


A first-generation American, Cindy is a senior executive and attorney with more than 30 years of experience developing and delivering innovative solutions to organizational challenges in complex private and public organizations. She has also been recognized for managing high performing teams that consistently create groundbreaking results. Cindy currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Easter Seals Disability Services serving Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Prior to joining Easter Seals, Cindy  was President and CEO of Good360.  During her six year tenure, she was responsible for donating more than 2 billion dollars’ worth of products to thousands of nonprofits and schools around the world. Under her leadership, the organization won a coveted $850,000 prize for sustainability in Verizon’s Powerful Answers competition, was ranked by Forbes as one of the Top 10 most efficient charities and won the Director’s Award from the Committee for the Encouragement of Corporate Philanthropy. She has also served as Chief Ethics, Diversity and Accountability Officer for U.S. Foodservice and was Employment Counsel and Ethics Officer at Giant Food of Maryland. Cindy holds a JD from Antioch School of Law and a BS in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 


Lindsay Muir Harris, Esq.


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Lindsay is an an Assistant Professor of law at the University of D.C.'s David A. Clarke School of Law and Co-Director of the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. Prior to this, Lindsay was a Legal Fellow with the American Immigration Council focused on ending family detention. Previously, Lindsay was a Clinical Teaching Fellow and Supervising Attorney at Georgetown Law's asylum clinic. Following her Ninth Circuit Clerkship, Lindsay established and led the African Women’s Empowerment Project at the Tahirih Justice Center, providing legal services to African immigrant women fleeing gender-based violence. She also developed and taught the Refugee Law course at George Mason University School of Law. Lindsay is an expert on post-grant issues facing asylees and has published on the use of country conditions experts in gender-based asylum cases, gender-based asylum claims in South Africa, and on gang-related asylum claims in the U.S. Lindsay serves on AILA's National Asylum & Refugee Committee, as well as various local DC committees. Lindsay received her J.D. from Berkeley Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif, and served on the editorial staff of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. For her work in Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Clinic and with the East Bay Community Law Center, Lindsay was awarded the 2009 Sax Prize for Excellence in Clinical Advocacy. Lindsay is a naturalized U.S. citizen. 




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Tiffany Lung is a marketing and branding expert. She is currently on the brand strategy team for flagship credit cards at Capital One. Previously, Tiffany managed multi-million dollar iconic brands at Mondelez International. She earned her Masters in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Tiffany is a first-generation American and a grandchild of refugees. She is passionate about raising awareness for asylum seekers and ASAP's mission.





Elizabeth Neary is a Manager with Accenture’s New York Strategy Consulting practice. Elizabeth has managed projects for several global brands focusing on growth strategy initiatives and analysis of leading consumer goods. She brings a variety of private sector skills to ASAP including her experience assessing new market entry, needs assessments, strategic planning, and developing comprehensive consumer frameworks. Elizabeth holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business with specializations in Strategy and Finance.


Pablo Tercero-Alvarado, mBA



Pablo is a business executive with over ten years of experience improving operational practices and developing talent. He currently serves as Senior Vice President at Language Services Associates.  During a period of rapid growth, Pablo developed the strategy to support the company’s operations, which resulted in the company doubling in size within a few years.  Pablo obtained his Masters in Business Administration through a joint program between Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and Texas A&M.  Pablo grew up in Guatemala and moved to the US in 2009.  When he came to the U.S., he benefited from the services of a nonprofit that provided job training and mentorship to recent immigrants. He is now a naturalized U.S. citizen and eager to help further ASAP’s mission.





Susan is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors, with an expertise in international economic sanctions.  She has worked extensively with non-profit organizations providing a wide range of services in countries subject to U.S. and U.N. sanctions.  While in private practice, she served various non-profits as pro bono counsel.  Susan graduated from Tufts University, received her J.D. from the George Washington University where she was a member of the Law Review, and earned an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.