California’s protection & advocacy system

For legal assistance call 800-776-5746. For all other purposes call 916-504-5800 in Northern CA

or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.


Additional Advocates

Jennifer Alfaro - CRA for Community Integration/DCs
Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
13047 Artesia Blvd, # C-210
Cerritos, CA 90703
(213) 213-8172
Supervised by Eva Casas-Sarmiento

Cherri Alcantara - CRA for Community Integration/DCs
Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
2421 Mendocino Avenue, Suite 200D
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: (916) 504-5851
Supervised by Katie Meyer

Cristina Kinsella - CRA for Community Integration/DCs
(213) 213-8163 Photo: Cristina Kinsella

I’m originally from the Midwest, but am happy to be back in California, the state that captured my heart during law school. I received my J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego in 2014, where I graduated summa cum laude. After law school, I decided to further my education by getting my LL.M in International Human Rights Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Before coming to OCRA, I worked for the ACLU of Iowa, where I was brought on to build a political advocacy program. I have worked with victims of domestic violence and clients in historically underserved communities.

In my spare time, I put my love of Harry Potter to good use by volunteering with the Harry Potter Alliance as an immigration and migration campaign researcher (I’m also a Hufflepuff!). I love reading, going to the movies, writing short stories, and spending time with my cat, Neville. ;


Kathy Mottarella - CRA
Santa Barbara
Photo: Katherine MottarellaTri-Counties Regional Center Office - (805) 884-7205

I began my current role as a Supervising Clients’ Rights Advocate in the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy (OCRA) in 2011. In this role, I oversee several OCRA offices in the southern California and the Central Valley area. I began working at Disability Rights California in 1998 as the Clients’ Rights Advocate/attorney for person’s served by Tri-Counties Regional Center (TCRC). In that capacity, I represented individuals in administrative hearings, IEP and IPP meetings and provided legal advice on a variety of matters to TCRC consumers and their family members.

My prior experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities included a variety of settings such as public schools, state hospitals, group homes, family homes, and a residential treatment center. It was these experiences that motivated me to pursue a legal education in order to more effectively advocate for individuals with disabilities. My interest in legal advocacy was further enhanced when I spent a year as a host mother for a deaf international high school exchange student.

I have a B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts and Juris Doctorate from Southern California Institute of Law.

Clara Torres - Bilingual Assistant Clients' Rights Advocate Sacramento

(916) 504-5941
Supervised by Brittnee Gillespie

Veronica Mora - Bilingual Assistant Clients Rights AdvocateVeronica Mora

Los Angeles
(213) 213-8174

Prior to OCRA I was working as a program supervisor for the Youth Development Program (YDP) which provided a variety of activities for children to experience learning in a fun way. During that time I was also a student at Platt College in Alhambra where I obtained my Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies.

I began with OCRA as a part time temporary assistant in October of 2012. After assisting at different locations it was an honor to be able to obtain a full time position with OCRA providing bilingual support to several offices. I look forward to working for OCRA alongside a team of dedicated colleagues and having the opportunity to assist regional center clients.

Laura Coto-Ortega - Bilingual ACRA
(909) 383-1133

Scott Barron - Peer Advocate                
Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
13047 Artesia Blvd, # C-210
Cerritos, CA 90703
(213) 213-8178
Supervised by Jennifer Alfaro

Vacant - Peer Advocate
Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy
1321 I Street, Suite 3
Modesto, CA 95354
(916) 504-5989
Supervised by Christine Hager