Our Staff

 

Betsy Allen-Rodriguez
Accredited Representative
El Paso Young Lawyers Association’s Liberty Bell Award 2009-2010
betsyallenrodriguez@las-americas.org

 

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Sister Mary Ann Azar
Accredited Representative
maryannazar@las-americas.org

Sister Mary Ann Azar’s basic professional education was in nursing and later in nurse-midwifery. She worked as a nurse and midwife for several years, eventually serving in a clinic in Washington, DC with mostly El Salvadoran women, where she learned to speak Spanish. After that, Sister Mary Ann moved to Florida where she worked for Catholic Charities in St. Augustine FL, in the Farmworker Services Program. It was there that she first worked in immigration services, as an outreach of the Diocesan Legalization Program. After that, she worked with Catholic Charities of West Virginia, serving immigration clients as an Accredited Representative (partial accreditation), providing representation on family immigration cases. From there, Sister Mary Ann came to Las Americas, where she currently works as the Detention Center Intake Specialist, with clients who are detained and seeking help with their immigration cases (mostly asylum cases).

Christina Garcia
Accredited Representative
christinagarcia@las-americas.org

Christina Garcia is the Crime Victim Program Coordinator. Her work primarily focuses on legal immigration representation, by assisting immigrant victims of domestic violence, qualifying crimes, and human trafficking in initial cases, adjustment of status or court representation. Through the Violence Against Women Act, immigrant victims may be eligible for temporary immigration relief through VAWA, U-Visa, or T-Visa all of which offer temporary status which may lead to legal permanent residency in the future. Christi is dedicated to the duty of advocating for and defending our clients’ rights while ensuring equality and justice.

She also assists with supervision of the “Abejas”, Las Americas’ Promotora team. The Abejas focus on educating our local community on issues surrounding immigration as well as domestic violence awareness and prevention, by providing presentations to parent groups, community centers, local government and or non-government entities.

Christi is an El Paso native and has lived here most of her life. She has worked with Las Americas for the past 5 years, initially joining us as a student intern/volunteer with the Asylum program. Christi ia a first generation U.S. citizen, college/university graduate, and professional.

“I am proud to say I come from a humble background and am 100% fronteriza which is open for interpretation.”

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Linda Rivas
Executive Director & Managing Attorney
lindarivas@las-americas.org

Linda Y. Rivas was born in Mexico and raised in El Paso from the age of 4. Linda attended The University of Texas at El Paso and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in legal reasoning.

She received a Juris Doctor from Loyola College of Law in New Orleans. Linda tailored her experience to focus on immigration law, from her coursework to a legal internship with the Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review under Judge Wayne Stogner. Linda’s first job as an attorney was as the West Texas VAWA Legal Supervisor at the Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project where she worked in immigration law under the VAWA and U-VISA programs and engaged in domestic violence advocacy. She is currently the Managing Attorney at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center where she is focused on serving detained asylum seekers.

 

 

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