Legal Services Staff

Legal Services Staff
Legal Services Staff
Legal Services Staff
Legal Services Staff

Las Cruces Office

Cristina Roberts

Accredited Representative/Citizenship
Cristina Roberts is responsible for Family Petitions, Consular Process, residency card renewals, DACAS, FOIAS, waivers (I-212, I-601A), and naturalization cases. 
In addition, she is an Accredited Legal Representative with the Executive Office of Immigration Review through the Office of Legal Access Programs. Cristina is a naturalized U.S. Citizen, born and raised in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. 
She obtained a degree in information technology and computer systems. Cristina is in her 13th year working for Catholic Charities. 
Elizabeth Zavala

Accredited Representative/Victims Advocate
Elizabeth brings more than 20 years of immigration experience to Catholic Charities. Elizabeth handles family petitions and legal residency for victims of a crime and women covered by the Violence Against Women Act. 
She’s bilingual and an accredited legal representative with the Executive Office of Immigration Review through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Access Programs. 
Elizabeth previously worked for La Casa Inc. as a domestic violence Intake Specialist and Immigration Advocate.
Rose Chavarria

Paralegal/Defense For Deportation

Presenting Rose Chavarria, she has been part of Catholic Charities staff since 2016. Rose comes to CCSNM with more than 20 years of experience in both Legal Assistance and management. She graduated with an Associate degree in Applied Science from DACC.

She is our Office Manager and Paralegal who brings dynamic and proactivity to the office and is passionate about what she does. Rose’s role as office manager is very important she makes sure that our office is well functioned and follows office operations and procedures, as well as assist our DOJ Representative in immigration cases.

Kimberly Soltero

Social Work Intern

Kimberly Soltero, our newest staff member of Catholic Charities was born in California, raised here in our beautiful city of Las Cruces, NM. She is a NMSU student working for her bachelors in Social Work and will be graduating this coming May 2023.

Her role here in our office is very important, for she is our Social Work Intern, who will work closely with the community organizer in various projects involving the empowerment of the immigrant community.  She also promotes immigration integration and builds capacity for immigrant leading to create positive social change.

Elizabeth A. Balizan 


Elizabeth Balizan is our Las Cruces office receptionist!
She is a proud Native American and a member of Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo. She was born and raised in the City of Las Cruces, NM, and has resided here all of her life.
She’s a recent retiree from the Third Judicial District Court, where she worked for 25 years.
Also, she’s a proud alumnus of New Mexico State University and Dona Ana Community College where she received an Associates Degree in Secretarial Administration.
Valeria Luera


Valerie Luera is one of our paralegals here at Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico in Las Cruces, New Mexico. 

She brings more than 4 years of experience to Catholic Charities as a domestic violence advocate/case manager in trauma-informed advocacy. 

Valeria is native to the borderland in which she attended Canutillo High School. She proceeded to receive a post-secondary education at the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Family and Children Services.

Lisa Betancourt

Community Organizer
Lisa Betancourt brings 25 years of experience with the New Mexico State Government to Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico in different capacities such as Special Programs Director (Victim Assistance & Pre-Prosecution Diversion Program), Third Judicial District Attorney’s office; Sandoval County Area Director,  NM Department of Labor; Deputy Court Administrator, Third Judicial District Court; Domestic Mediation/ADR Program Manager and the Third District Court. 
In addition, Lisa has 10 years of working in nonprofits such as Southern NM Legal Services, Inc., and La Casa, Inc. She is bilingual and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Organizational Behavior from New Mexico State University and certification as a family law mediator.
 Lisa is responsible for developing strategies to empower immigrants and members of the under-represented and marginalized communities to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans in our service area. 

Roswell Office

Nancy Hernandez


Nancy Hernandez has been with Catholic Charities since May of 2021 as a receptionist/secretary.  She is bilingual and works closely with our Accredited Representative Cecilia Najera in the Roswell Office. 

Nancy’s daily duties consist of scheduling appointments and working closely with clients to ensure documents are in order. 

Nancy grew up in Roswell and volunteered at the Roswell Independent School District for numerous years.

Cecilia Najera

Accredited Representative/Office Manager

Cecilia Najera comes to Catholic Charities with many years of experience in the immigration field. She has been with the Roswell branch since its opening on April 1, 2019.  

She is an Accredited Representative responsible for family petitions, consular processing, renewals, waivers, and naturalization cases.

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