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Candace Vanderwall – AttorneyRoger Ramirez – AttorneyMolly Franck – AttorneyRyan Settles – AttorneyPaula Smith – Operations and Staff ManagerErika Rodriguez – ParalegalJennifer Navarro - Paralegal Stephanie Castro – ParalegalAlejandra Manriquez – ParalegalKarla Garcia Rahbari – ParalegalTania Buenrostro – Administrative AssistantJessica Martinez – Administrative AssistantEmigdio Salazar Jr. – Administrative Assistant

Candace Vanderwall – Attorney

Immigration Attorney Candace VanderwallCandace was born overseas and her father is a naturalized U.S. citizen. She fondly remembers watching him take the oath of citizenship while waving her American flag. He inspires her love for immigration.

She grew up in Oregon and enjoys hiking, kayaking and camping in this beautiful state. She spent a year living in France, and hopes to move back one day, although her French has grown a little rusty. She loves to travel and meet new people from all over the world. She is married to her best friend and together they have two small children.

Candace graduated from Willamette University College of Law. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon where she graduated with departmental honors. She is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Languages: English

Roger Ramirez – Attorney

Roger Ramirez – AttorneyRoger was born and raised in Orange County, California. His family were originally from Mexico and recently became U.S. Citizens.  Roger received his Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law in Akron, Ohio. While in law school, he clerked at a refugee resettlement organization assisting the local refugee population in obtaining their Lawful Permanent Residence and United States Citizenship. During law school, he also provided assistance to detained individuals in the Youngstown Detention Center and practiced at the Cleveland Immigration Court.

After Law School, Roger worked at an immigration firm in Tacoma, Washington. Roger provided group presentations at the Northwest Detention Center and covered a variety of Immigration defenses to both Spanish and English-speaking individuals. Roger also practiced at the Tacoma Immigration Court.

During his free time, Roger likes to hike, try new foods, and travel. He has visited multiple countries and loves immersing himself in different cultures. He is passionate about immigrant rights and is grateful that he can help make a difference in people’s lives.

Languages: Spanish, English 

Molly Franck – Attorney

Immigration Attorney Emily ApelMolly was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Molly is a member of the California State Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Molly moved to Oregon with her husband and son in 2020 and joined Vanderwall Immigration in January 2021. Molly’s husband is from Mexico City and she has other relatives and close friends who immigrated to the United States as refugees and immigrants. Molly is very passionate about asylum, family-based immigration, and removal defense, and has focused her career in these areas.

Prior to joining Vanderwall Immigration, Molly spent 7 years as an immigration attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area, working for private firms and volunteering with non-profit organizations serving low-income immigrant women and children – many of whom were Indigenous. During law school, Molly spent a semester as a judicial student extern at the San Francisco Immigration Court and was also a Stronach Women’s Rights Fellow at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS). Before attending law school, Molly was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Granada, Spain and a volunteer with the Spanish Red Cross. Molly also worked for two years as a domestic violence victim’s advocate in Boulder, CO.

Languages: English, Spanish

Ryan Settles – Attorney

Ryan Settles – AttorneyRyan was born in El Paso, Texas, and has family on both sides of the border. He received his law degree from Lewis and Clark in Portland, Oregon, where he focused on international human rights and food policy. Among the topics he researched in school was ejido policies in Mexico, how they were impacted by NAFTA, and the subsequent negative consequences for rural people in Mexico.

Since law school, Ryan has worked in various capacities in immigration law, from volunteering at organizations such as Al Otro Lado and Catholic Charities to eventually starting his own solo practice, and finally joining Vanderwall Immigration. Ryan believes that freedom of movement is a human right, and he is dedicated to ensuring that his clients are well-informed so they can make the best decisions about their immigration rights and benefits.

Languages: English, some Spanish

Paula Smith – Operations and Staff Manager

Immigration Paralegal Paula SmithOriginally from Argentina, Paula was brought to the United States by her parents in 1999. Just two weeks later she started high school in California without speaking a word of English. She remembers how hard it was to communicate with her teachers, but also remembers how patient and helpful they were with her. In 2000, Paula and her family moved to Oregon, where she graduated from Wilsonville High School in 2003 and right after she attended Clackamas Community College for one year for general studies.

Paula worked many different jobs out of high school, searching for the career she was passionate about. Being undocumented herself, she suffered much mistreatment and many disappointments throughout her search. Before working at Vanderwall Immigration, Paula was familiar with some immigration applications and helped her family members to obtain their residency. That is when Paula realized that she really enjoyed helping people change their lives through immigration.

In 2009, Paula married her soulmate surrounded by her family and friends. She became a U.S. Citizen in 2012 and a mom to a beautiful boy in 2013. Paula enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She loves getting together with her parents to eat a traditional Argentinian “Asado” every week where they only speak Spanish, so that her son is ready for his first trip to Argentina.

Languages: English, Spanish

Erika Rodriguez – Paralegal

Legal Assistant Erika RodriguezMy name is Erika and I was born and raised here in Oregon. My parents are both from Mexico and although I was born here, Spanish was my first language. I struggled throughout my elementary school years due to the language barrier. I remember having to go to ESL class to perfect my English, and although I struggled I managed to graduate from my ESL class before heading off to middle school. I think that was one of many accomplishments to come in my life. After living here my whole life I’ve learned to appreciate the rain and to me there’s no better weather than Oregon’s weather. I’m very passionate about helping those in need of a helping hand. I think it’s important to help and support each other out whether it’s through a good or bad situation, because I know we all need someone at some point in our lives. Outside of work I love spending time with my family, friends and daughter. My daughter is my biggest motivation and it’s because of her that I am the person I am today. I also enjoy making people laugh, making new friends and I really like exploring new places in Oregon. I believe that every struggle and every challenge we face in life has a reward waiting for us at the finish line, you just have to be patient, make sacrifices and willing to jump through the obstacles. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone” –Ronald Reagan

Languages: English, Spanish

Jennifer Navarro – Paralegal

Immigration Legal Assistant Jennifer NavarroJennifer was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She also has a daughter who was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Her family is from Jalisco, Mexico. Jennifer grew up speaking Spanish. At a young age she had to translate for her parents who knew very little English. But yet the practice of translating helped her become a fluent Spanish speaker. The first time Jennifer heard the word immigrant, was when your close aunt got deported back to Mexico. That was a very hard time for her, as she was very close to her aunt and saw her as a second mother. The word immigrant became more and more familiar, as she saw more and more relatives and family members become affected by immigration laws. That’s when she realized she wanted to help immigrants. Jennifer recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She hopes to go to law school in the near future and become an immigration attorney. Until then she hopes to help more and more immigrants through her job at Vanderwall Immigration.

Languages: English, Spanish

Stephanie Castro – Paralegal

Legal Assistant Stephanie CastroStephanie was born and raised in a small beach town called Seaside, Oregon. She graduated from Portland State with a major in Communication studies and a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Stephanie is first generation Mexican-American, first born daughter, and raised by her immigrant parents, who hail from Mexico City. She has learned to live between the hyphen of what it means to be Mexican and American, and the hardships that immigrant families face. Stephanie moved to Portland in 2012 where she continued her higher education and embarked in an immigration legal assistant journey in 2017.

Stephanie remembers translating for her parents at a young age and today, she strives to continue to help those navigating the immigration system, as she understands it can be both a challenging and rewarding journey.

Other passions that Stephanie enjoys in her free time is weaving, reading, dancing and enjoying quality time with her husband, family, and small dog named Kingston.

Languages: English, Spanish

Alejandra Manriquez – Paralegal

Alejandra Manriquez – ParalegalAlejandra was born in Lazaro Cardenas Michoacán, Mexico, but she was raised in Oregon from a very young age. Having her parents plant roots in a new country at her young age, she did not at the time understand the reasoning nor the sacrifices her parents had made. As Alejandra grew older, she saw her parents’ efforts to sustain a home and strive for a better life for themselves and their four children. Since a young age, Alejandra has worked hard to show her parents’ their sacrifices were worth it, and she understands the struggles of a first-generation immigrant family.

Since 2014, Alejandra has actively worked in the immigration field, from outreach work in local communities, to manning phones for offices and later on handling a variety of cases. Alejandra is passionate about helping her Latino community and enriching herself in her roots.

Outside of work, Alejandra can be found with her two kids in just about any outdoor setting having some fun. Alejandra enjoys riding bikes, a good game of tennis, volleyball or basketball. As an Oregon adopted native, she thrives in the outdoor life that this state has to offer.

Alejandra’s continued work in the immigration field has made her fall in love with the outcome of uniting families from all over the world and is happy to continue doing so within the Vanderwall team.

Languages: Spanish, English 

Karla Garcia Rahbari – Paralegal

Karla Garcia Rahbari – ParalegalKarla was born in Mexico and was brought to the U.S. as a young child. She grew up undocumented for many years, until in 2012 she was able to benefit from the program known as DACA. The enaction of this program deeply and positively impacted her life. She began her career in the immigration field that same year. In 2017 she married her soulmate and in 2019 she became a permanent resident; very soon, she will be able to become a naturalized citizen.

Karla’s journey through her own complex immigration process has provided her with invaluable lessons that she is able to implement when speaking and working with clients. She loves to dedicate her time and energy assisting and empowering immigrants as a way to give back to her community. Karla hopes to continue to serve some of the most vulnerable members of our community and their families for many years to come through her work at Vanderwall immigration.

In her free time, Karla loves spending time with her family. She and her husband enjoy taking their son outdoors and finding new places for hiking and camping. Being new from California to the Pacific Northwest, she cannot wait to discover everything it has to offer.

Languages: English and Spanish

Tania Buenrostro – Administrative Assistant

Tania Buenrostro – Administrative AssistantWorking for an Immigration law firm office has always been a big dream of mine. I have a passion for helping others especially immigrant people because of my own personal experience. I am from Guadalajara, Mexico. Spanish was my first language. I have been living in this country for many years and I can now Speak fluent English. I love working in this field because I can relate and be a witness of a life changing experience of others who are also looking for the American dream like myself. I hope one day to pursue my career as a paralegal in the near future. In my free time I love to spend quality time with two boys, and my family. I love to dance & make new friends.

Languages: English, Spanish

Jessica Martinez – Administrative Assistant

Jessica Martinez – Administrative AssistantJessica has many years of experience in hospitality which has given her a healthy foundation in excellent customer service. She was born and raised in California. She has also lived in the dry desert biomes of southern Utah, the blue-bonnet blanketed central Texas, and finally making the misty side of Oregon her new home. Jessica is a first generation Salvadoran-American. Her parents and older sister emigrated from El Salvador to escape the political upheavals of their country’s civil war to cultivate a more stable livelihood. This gives Jessica an advantage in immigration law from her upbringing.

In her free time, Jessica likes to get her steps in via exploring the rain soaked forests of the Pacific Northwest with her boyfriend and sister. She also enjoys bicycling, camping, live music, and international cuisines.

Languages: Spanish, English 

Emigdio Salazar Jr. – Administrative Assistant

Emigdio Salazar Jr. – Administrative AssistantFrom the pacific northwest, Emigdio enjoys the outdoors along with his two cats. He enjoys exploring the beauty nature has to offer and trying to capture that essence in his oil paintings. Growing up moving and living in different states and countries, Emigdio expresses the enjoyment of meeting new people from all walks of life and learning something new from every unique experience and interaction.

Coming from a diverse background, Emigdio knows the struggle of growing up while adapting to an ever-changing environment. He tries his best to move forward in life while remaining honest to his familial roots and keeping an open mind full of optimism for the future.

Studying business, cultural anthropology, and political science in university, Emigdio joined our team to learn from the best in what we do here every day: uniting families through immigration.

Languages: English, Spanish 

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