Legal Services Staff

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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

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 paralegal Cristina Roberts on cases where clients are held in detention pending deportation. 

In addition, she helps prepare immigration documents for submission to U.S Customs and Immigration Services for our Asylum, Defense of Deportation, and Bond hearing cases. 

 

Lorena Jimenez

Paralegal
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Lorena Jimenez has been with Catholic Charities since June 2017 and has grown with the organization; she first started as the front desk receptionist and has become the paralegal to our Victim Advocate and BIA Rep. 

She also assists our staff attorney Kyle Reinert and our BIA Victim Specialist Elizabeth Zavala in organizing and preparing various legal documents and files.

 

Elizabeth A. Balizan 

Receptionist

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.
Kyle Reinert

Immigration Lawyer

Kyle Reinert is the immigration attorney for Catholic Charities and manages the organization’s legal services. He grew up in southwest Missouri and has worked as a nonprofit immigration attorney for several years.

 Kyle joined Catholic Charities in April 2021 and handles religious worker applications for the Diocese. He also oversees the organization’s more complex cases including asylum, bond applications, and deportation defense.

Valeria Luera

Paralegal
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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. 

Guadalupe Lugo

Community Liaison

Guadalupe Lugo is our Community Liaison at our Las Cruces office and she will work closely with our Community Organizer, Lisa Betancourt!

Guadalupe was born and raised in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, and always had the spirit of helping others. Guadalupe has several years of work experience from being a farmworker to currently also holding the title of Cultivadora Promotora for La Semilla Food Center in Anthony, New Mexico. She currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Accounting from La Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico.

She has also worked with organizations in town such as NM Comunidades en Acción y De Fe (NM CAFé) and has received numerous awards such as the Hero of Health Award Winner with Alma Health Foundation 2021 and Community Leadership Recognition Empowerment Congress in 2021.

She also volunteers at the San Pedro Catholic Church in Mesquite, NM, as Business Development Coordinator!

Roswell Office

Nancy Hernandez

Receptionist/Secretary
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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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