Staff

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Project Director

Lee Strock


Lee Strock joined PCYP in 2012 as Project Director. At PCYP, Lee is responsible for managing PCYP's programmatic activities, fundraising, and external communications. Before joining PCYP, Lee was a litigation associate at Kramer, Levin, Naftalis, and Frankel LLP, where, in addition to his commercial cases, he maintained an active pro bono practice representing LGBTQQ clients and clients living in poverty. Lee received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2009 and his B.A. from Cornell University in 2006. Email Lee.

Staff

David F. Miranda

Criminal Defense Senior Staff Attorney

A native New Yorker, David Miranda is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  After law school, David was a corporate associate at Troutman Sanders LLP. Before coming to PCYP, he worked at the Bronx Defenders where he first represented clients in civil cases including termination of tenancy proceedings with NYCHA, drug holdover and nonpayment proceedings in housing court, article 78 proceedings in New York Supreme Court and a host of other administrative representation at agencies throughout the city. 

In criminal practice, David represented clients at both the misdemeanor and felony levels in all aspects of criminal litigation, from pre arrest to trial. 

Prior to law school, David worked on the field of HIV prevention with at risk youth in Los Angeles and New York City. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Hetrick-Martin institute and is a graduate of the Harvey Milk High School for LGBTQ youth.  He has an undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College and is fluent in Spanish and French. 

In his spare time, David enjoys working out, reading about New York City history, and dancing. Email David.

Gretchen Begley

Interpreter/Social Worker

Gretchen comes to PCYP with over 15 years of experience in movements for justice and in direct social work practice. She received her Certificate in Interpretation Studies from Hunter College (CUNY) in 2012 and has extensive experience in Spanish-English interpretation and translation with state courts, city agencies, and community organizations. She is excited that she gets to learn new things about both of her working languages every day. Gretchen received her Master of Social Work from Hunter College (CUNY) in 2008, where she focused on group work with immigrant communities, and her B.A. in Global Studies with a minor in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004, where she focused on socioeconomics and politics in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining PCYP, Gretchen served as a case manager at a legal services organization serving homeless immigrant youth. She was also privileged to work alongside incredible human rights activists in Colombia with the organization Peace Brigades International. Gretchen can’t live without the ocean, and she is in agreement with Emma Goldman that dance must be a part of our revolution. Email Gretchen.

Megan Stuart

Senior Staff Attorney

Megan joined PCYP after 2 years as a staff attorney at the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project where she focused on direct representation and affirmative litigation of public benefits and public housing issues. Megan likes walks down immigration court hallways, sunsets over Brooklyn from the welfare hearing office, and conversations in the Name Change Court hearing room. Megan believes that the legal system is unfair, housing is a human right, and in open borders. She received her law degree from CUNY Law in 2009 and B.A. from Antioch College in 2002. Email Megan.

Nadia Qurashi

Senior Staff Attorney

Nadia has been a staff attorney with PCYP since 2008. She has 16 years of direct services experience working with immigrant survivors of family and state-based violence. She loves taking to task the legal and social systems that perpetually fail poor people of color. Nadia is a first generation Pakistani Muslim, and is as queer as the day is long. Every day, she feels honored to work with the brilliant, beautiful, and resilient young people that are the heart of NYC. Nadia received her law degree from CUNY School of Law at Queens College in 2008 and her B.A. from St. John’s College in 1998. Email Nadia.

Our team

Senior Staff Attorney
Attorney, Admitted in PA
Project Director
Interpreter/Case Manager
Senior Staff Attorney
Senior Staff Attorney