Paulina D. Rodriguez
Paralegal, bilingual in Spanish and English
Earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Sociology and Latino(a) American Studies from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon in 2015
As an undergraduate, Paulina studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador, and volunteered with the Colombian Refugee Project, where she worked directly with at-risk refugee families in marginalized neighborhoods of Quito. Her responsibilities were to prepare and distribute humanitarian aid.
She was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society of Sociology and has been a MEChistA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan) throughout high school and college.
After college Paulina served as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) with Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico.
As their Resource Development Specialist, she helped raise over $45,000 in funds to help kick-start the organization’s Defense for Deportation Project to provide affordable legal services to low-income families in the border region.
During that time she also worked with migrant workers as a bilingual GED instructor.
Paulina specializes in cases of removal defense, including:
- Cancellation of removal
- ICE paroles
- Adjustment of status
- Waivers for misrepresentation
- Petitions for alien relatives
- Voluntary departures
- Stipulated order of removal
Paulina is a Juarense who grew up in Oregon, where she learned to appreciate nature and the environment.
As a social rights advocate, she has been involved for most of her life with different organizations to promote immigrant rights and inclusivity.
She enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures, and using her sociological imagination for analyzing and understanding people’s diverse ways of seeing the world.