Immigration Legal Services
Immigration Legal Services provides high-quality legal consultations, representation, and assistance to documented and undocumented immigrants of all nationalities, ethnicities, and religions.
Matthew joined Catholic Charities as an Immigration Attorney in May of 2015. A lifelong resident of Spokane, he is a graduate of Gonzaga University and Gonzaga Law School. He also holds a degree in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America. He is admitted to practice law in Washington State, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. He is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Prior to coming to Catholic Charities, Matthew held a variety of positions in the private, nonprofit, and public sector.
At Catholic Charities, Matthew focuses his practice on family-based immigration. His work includes filing initial petitions, waivers, and consular processing. He also helps people adjust status in the United States, and apply for citizenship. He works with victims of crimes and domestic violence, to obtain visas and lawful permanent residency. In addition to his legal work, Matthew is involved in the community, giving numerous presentations on various immigration topics. Matthew is available for consultations in Spokane, and Pasco.
Nancy was a long-term volunteer in the Immigration program before becoming a staff member in 2018. A native of El Salvador, she holds a BA from the University of San Salvador. Nancy previously managed immigrant maternal health and education programs for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and lived for over ten years in South Africa, China, St. Lucia, and Honduras.
Nancy provides administrative support for the Immigration program. She receives calls and visitors, prepares consultation intake forms, arranges appointments, manages files, and serves as a translator/interpreter in Spanish as needed. Outside work, Nancy coordinated a world languages program for 3 years serving over 130 elementary school students with 12 classes in 7 different languages.
Our primary goals are to promote the reunification of families and to assist the integration of newcomers successfully into our community.
Each client is treated professionally and confidentially by our staff. If we are unable to provide assistance on a particular matter, we are able to refer individuals to a variety of local resources.
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When Rosa was four, her parents fled to the US with her. Her father, a police officer in Mexico, had just taken down the leaders of a major cartel and was targeted for retaliation. She lived a normal life, got married and had kids, but she felt like she could never live up to her potential without documentation. She turned to Catholic Charities for help completing her green card application, and became a permanent resident early this year. “I feel like I’m free,” Rosa said. “I don’t have to be afraid no more.”
Our friends in the Diocese of Yakima have created a wonderful resource page that is a complement to the services our local program and staff can offer. Please take a moment to visit the following link and browse the informative documents they provide.