Megan Welch – Staff Attorney

Megan Welch

Staff Attorney

(607) 273-2283 ext. 1209

Megan joined PLS in October of 2018 after received her J.D. from CUNY School of Law in May of 2018. Prior to law school, she worked as an 8th and 9th grade science teacher, and received her Masters of Education from Brooklyn College in 2014, and B.A. from Ithaca College in 2009. During law school, she was a Judicial Intern with Hon. Lois Bloom in the USDC Eastern District and had a number of internships focusing on urban environmental justice, including legal policy research for Lloyd Patel, LLP, on drug overdose health issues, and authored recommendations on environmental legislation for the Office of NYC Councilmember Costa Constantinides. She also interned with Queens Legal Services, preparing and attending school suspension hearings and conducting intake for students whose rights had been violated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Her work as an AmeriCorps Volunteer after undergraduate school took her to Alaska and Maine, focusing on restorative justice and at-risk youth. In her free time, Megan enjoys traveling and hopes to see all 58 national parks one day. She has traveled to 32 parks so far, with Glacier Bay and Death Valley being her favorites.

Hallie Mitnick – Staff Attorney

Hallie Mitnick

Staff Attorney

(607) 273-2283 ext. 2004

Hallie joined PLS in September of 2015 after graduating from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  As a law student, Hallie participated in the Innocence Project clinic as well as the Civil Rights Clinic.  She was also a Public Service Scholar and Dean’s Merit Scholar.  She was a recipient of the Cardozo Center for Public Service Law’s INSPIRE! Award, which recognizes extraordinary commitment to public service law, and the Cardozo Service and Achievement Award, which is given annually to graduating students for achievement and outstanding service to the law school,.  Her note “Estelle v. Gamble in a Post-Affordable Care Act World” was published by the Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal in summer 2015.  Hallie also was a Charles H. Revson Law Student Public Interest Fellow at the Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Practice’s Special Litigation Unit during the summer of 2014.  At Legal Aid, Hallie worked on solitary confinement appeals for individuals at Rikers Island as well as impact litigation concerning Rikers Island.  While an undergraduate at Cornell University, Hallie was a teaching assistant in the Cornell Prison Education Program at Auburn Correctional Facility.  In her spare time, Hallie likes to go to antique markets.


Yuriy Pereyaslavskiy – Managing Attorney/Technology & Social Media Coordinator

Yuriy Pereyaslavskiy

Managing Attorney & Technology & Social Media Coordinator

PLS Immigration Unit

(845) 391-3110 ext. 2108




Managing Attorney of the Newburgh office.  Yuriy has been with the PLSNY since March 2018, litigating removal defense cases representing detained, non-detained and incarcerated individuals before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  A Michigan State University College of Law graduate, he has been admitted to the New York Bar since 2015.  He is also admitted to practice in the Southern District of New York.  Prior to joining the PLS Immigration Unit, Mr. Pereyaslavskiy worked at the New York State Bar Association and as a consumer rights defense attorney helping indigent clients save their homes in foreclosure and bankruptcy proceedings in state and federal courts.  In his spare time Yuriy enjoys travel and sampling of ethnic cuisine.

John Peng – Federal Litigation & Appellate Staff Attorney

John Peng

Federal Litigation & Appellate Staff Attorney,

41 State St., Ste. M112

Albany, NY 12207

T: (518) 694-8699 ext. 2102

John Peng,  Federal Litigation & Appellate Staff Attorney

John joined the Immigration Unit in August 2019 as an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow. He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. There, John was an active participant in the Transnational Legal Clinic and focused his coursework on immigration and international human rights law. John was admitted to practice law by the New York State Bar in January 2020.

Alex McGriff – Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow

Alex McGriff

Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow

(518) 694-8699

Alex McGriff, Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow. Alex grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2013, he graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee with a B.A. in Political Science. After graduation, he worked in Memphis as an immigration paralegal, primarily serving clients affirmatively applying for asylum and defending against deportation. Alex graduated from Harvard Law School in May 2020. During law school, he focused on the intersection of immigration law and public defense. Alex represented clients as a clinical student attorney at the Greater Boston Legal Services asylum clinic and in public defense in the Roxbury and Dorchester District Courts through the Criminal Justice Institute. He spent summers interning at Orleans Public Defenders in Louisiana and in the Bronx Defenders Immigration Practice. Outside of work, he enjoys watching the NBA with his dog.

Hector Nayo – Controller

Hector Nayo


(518) 445-6050  ext. 1105

Hector is a Certified Public Accountant and began working as the Financial Controller at Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) in December 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana and Emile Woolf College of Accountancy, London, England. Prior to working with PLS, he worked as a Senior Auditor/Accountant with the audit firm of Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little & Mickelson & Co., LLP, Ithaca, NY, USA. 

Ann Ferrari – Staff Attorney

Ann Ferrari

Staff Attorney

(607) 273-2283 ext. 1206

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Ann Ferrari joined Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York in 2021. Previously, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable John Garrett Penn of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. As a staff attorney at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, she represented clients in medical, disability, and civil rights matters. Ann received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, where she was an Articles Editor for the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal. She interned with Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

Krin Flaherty – Managing Attorney

Krin Flaherty

Managing Attorney

(607) 273-2283 ext. 1205
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Krin returns to PLS as the Ithaca office Managing Attorney. She previously worked as a staff attorney for the Ithaca office between 2006 and 2012. In her prior work at PLS, Krin focused on helping our clients with mental and physical health care issues, including monitoring the Anderson settlement, and securing early medical release and guardianship on behalf of medically compromised incarcerated individuals. She also litigated excessive force, engaged in federal mediation to settle a religious rights case, and Article 78 challenges. Krin left PLS to work for the Ithaca City Attorney’s Office, where she extended her Article 78 practice into land use matters, worked to preserve the city’s interests in its assets and infrastructure, and assisted in implementing several novel and progressive local initiatives. She enjoys experimenting in watercolors and other artistic media.

Aleta Albert – Director of Advocacy

Aleta Albert

Director of Advocacy

(607) 273-2283  ext. 1202  

Aleta Albert, Director of Advocacy. Aleta has worked at Prisoners’ Legal Services since 1985. She has held a number of positions since beginning her employment and is currently the Director of Advocacy. She processes and responds to intake letters from inmates.  She handles production and copy editing for Pro Se as well as maintaining the mailing list for Pro Se. She also works on the production and layout of the PLS form memos and performs a variety of other office functions for both the Ithaca and Central Offices. Aleta purchased a house built in 1887 and has self-taught herself to do repairs ranging from plumbing (including replacing toilets and sinks), some electrical issues, general construction (including roofing) and a lot of landscaping (including building outdoor furniture and fencing).

Patricia Kane – Executive Administrative Assistant

Patricia (Patti) Kane

Executive Administrative Assistant

Patricia Kane, Executive Administrative Assistant, Patti has been with PLS as the Executive Administrative Assistant since November 2009, prior to joining PLS she was the Office Manager in the printing field for 15 years. In her free time she is active in many local community groups and has sat on committees with the developmentally disabled, Cystic Fibrosis, and a local Cancer Research Treatment Center.