Legal Services Staff


Imelda Maynard, Esq
Immigration Attorney
Imelda leads our Legal Services Program in meeting the growing demand for immigration legal services.  She conducts initial consultations with new clients and oversees all legal programs.  Before joining Catholic Charities, Imelda was an associate at a private immigration firm in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She holds her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma School of Law and has eight years of experience in immigration law. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Oklahoma.
Danielle Escontrias 
Immigration Attorney

Danielle obtained her J.D. from New York University School of Law and is a licensed attorney in the state of Texas.  As an attorney for Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico, Danielle handles deportation and special immigrant juvenile status cases.

Cristina Roberts
Accredited Representative/Citizenship

Cristina is responsible for residency card renewals and naturalization cases. She is a notary public and 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 Chihuahua, Mexico. In addition, she obtained a degree in information technology and computer systems. Cristina has worked for Catholic Charities for eight years.

Elizabeth Zavala
Accredited Representative/Victims Advocate

Elizabeth brings more than 10 years of immigration paralegal experience to Catholic Charities.  Elizabeth handles petitions for legal residency for crime victims and women covered by the Violence Against Women Act. She is bilingual and an accredited legal representative with the Executive Office of Immigration Review through the Office of Legal Access Programs. Elizabeth previously worked for La Casa Inc. as a domestic violence intake specialist.

Yana Solis
Office Manager/Legal Assistant
Yana serves as a legal assistant and helps with office operations. She is bilingual and assists clients with updates on their cases, prepares immigration documents for submission to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services, coordinates volunteers and handles technology issues.  She is a United States Navy veteran and has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University.
Rose Chavarria
Paralegal/Defense for Deportation
Rose comes to Catholic Charities with more than 18 years as a legal assistant and law office manager. She is bilingual and works closely with our attorneys on cases where clients are being held in detention pending deportation. She helps prepare immigration documents for submission to U.S Customs and Immigration Services for our Asylum, Defense of Deportation and Bond hearing Cases. 
Marie Gutierrez
Paralegal
Marie has been with Catholic Charities since 2016 as the organization’s principal translator and paralegal office assistant.  She managed the Catholic Charities Thrift Store before going to work for the legal services program.
Cecilia Najera
Paralegal

Cecilia, a Roswell native, manages our Roswell Catholic Charities office. Cecilia has 25 years of previous work experience at Nancy Lopez Elementary School, as an instructional assistant and victims advocate. 

Lorena Jimenez
Receptionist
Lorena coordinates front desk activities and keeps the office running smoothly.  She greets clients, makes consultation appointments, handles the mail, answers the telephone and keeps up with the filing, among other duties.