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Fredericka Bashir, holds an AB from the University of Michigan Honors College, a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fredericka is admitted to practice law by the New York State Bar and is admitted to the Federal Bar of the Eastern District of New York.
A former Kings County Assistant District Attorney and Borough Director of the Children’s Law Center, Fredericka has over twenty-five (25) years of experience as a civil and criminal litigator in New York Family, Criminal, Supreme and Appellate Courts.
Fredericka is currently owner and principal of the Law Firm of Fredericka P. Bashir, Esq. where she specializes in representing adults and children in complex custody and child welfare litigation including infant death, “shaken baby,” Munchausen syndrome, sex trafficking and domestic and international parental kidnapping cases.
Fredericka is a member of the Screening Committee for the Appellate Division Second Department’s Office of Attorneys for Children’s Assigned Counsel Panel and Board Treasurer and Director of Finance and Development of Brooklyn Legal Services.
A zealous advocate with a direct “no nonsense” approach, Fredericka is regarded by her clients as a champion of client’s rights and by her colleagues and the judiciary as a formidable and unrelenting adversary.
Jessenia comes to us with a background in early childhood. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Manhattan College. She has also studied Multicultural Education at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and the City College of New York. She has taught various subjects across grades K-6 and she has also coached other educators on testing strategies and differentiated instruction. She has a dedication to childhood development and a new found interest in special needs children.
She is a mother to twin girls, and very familiar with parental roles in the Committee on Special Education both in upstate New York and New York City. She comes to SLA with a passion for advocacy and for empowering children with special needs. She hopes to continue her education in advocacy in the near future.
Danielle Caminiti has joined SLA’s advocacy team. Having a child with special needs, she understands the EI, CPSE and CSE process and can appreciate how difficult and confusing navigating the system can be for a parent. With both her professional and personal experience, Danielle empathetically guides parents through the CSE process helping them get the services their children need and deserve.
Danielle is also an attorney with a JD from Fordham University School of Law. Prior to joining SLA, she has had both civil and criminal trial experience. As a senior associate at a medical malpractice defense firm, Danielle was involved in many cases involving birth injury, global developmental delays, cerebral palsy, autism, cognitive deficits, and seizure disorders. She has vast knowledge of the services such infants and children receive and the quality medical and therapist experts who provide them.
Kate Vasquez is an important member of the Settlements Team. As the mother of twin boys, she understands the school process very well. Kate has a background in the medical field with strength in the patient relations department.
Since joining SLA’s Settlement Team, she has developed many ways to make the process more efficient, ensuring that parents receive their payments as soon as possible. Additionally, Kate speaks fluent Spanish.
Bonnie returns to SLA after becoming a recent mother to an awesome 3 year old boy. She graduated with an English B.A. from SUNY Buffalo and is a professional people pleaser. She works closely with our Impartial Hearing Manager and provides support to our administration staff as well. When she’s not talking your head off, you can spot her hanging in Queens sipping on bubble tea and stuffing her face with the latest food trend. In that order. Bonnie is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.
Anny joined the SLA family in 2014 and is currently an Administrator for the Advocacy team. She is responsible for scheduling parent advocates to accompany clients to CSE Reviews and school site visits as well as managing other administrative and clerical tasks. She has a M.S.ed in Childhood Math and Science from Hunter College and has 10 plus years of teaching experience including teaching students with special needs. She is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, therefore, she often acts as a liaison between the SLA team and potential/current Chinese clients.
Erica Wellington-London has joined Melissa and Annie in the Business Office. She will be handling many tasks related to Impartial Hearings and serving as a back-up to Louis. Before joining SLA, Erica was our peerless case manager at the Impartial Hearing Office of the DOE. Their loss is certainly our gain.