Legal Services Staff

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
Office Manager/Paralegal

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 Office Manager/Paralegal. She makes sure the office keeps running smoothly through a range of administrative, financial, and managerial tasks. She also assists our staff attorney Kyle Reinert and our BIA Victim Specialist Elizabeth Zavala in organizing and preparing various legal documents and files.

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.

Perla Aguilar
Senior Community Organizer

Perla Aguilar is the agency’s Senior Community Organizer and serves clients Las Cruces, Roswell, Hatch, and Chaparral, New Mexico. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University in December 2020 and has spent most of her career helping the immigrant community through advocacy and volunteer work. She currently manages the agency’s community outreach program by developing workshops, convening community meetings, and organizing community events. Her goal as a community organizer is to help educate communities and empower the poor and less fortunate to be advocates for themselves as leaders in the community.

Fatima Gonzalez

Gonzales joined the agency’s staff on October 2021. She provides the office with efficient, organized, and friendly secretarial support. In addition, she makes sure to offer and serve our visitors by greeting, welcoming, and directing them appropriately. Her strong organizational skills, ability to handle general office duties, and her technical skills, as well as her ability to multi-task, have made it easy for our agency staff to maintain organized and up-to-date schedules, appointments, and meetings.