Uniting Families and Guiding Them to Citizenship
Immigration Legal Services welcomes newcomers and provides casework, support and guidance for various immigration-related issues.
Individuals and families that are eligible for immigration benefits, but who cannot afford private assistance, are provided with low-cost immigration counseling and legal representation.
Catholic Charities has been recognized and accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) since 1994. In partnership with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), we assist with various applications and petitions, including:
- Family-based visas
- Consular processing/visas
- Political asylum
- Visas for religious personnel
- Adjustment to lawful permanent residence
- Self-petitions for immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault
Immigration Legal Services
3 Crown Street, Nashua, NH 03060 | 603-889-9431
Our Legal Professionals
Cathy Chesley, J.D., Ed.D.
Cathy Chesley serves as Director of Immigration Legal Services. In that capacity, she also teaches the Immigration Law Clinic at the UNH School of Law where she focuses on asylum cases. Cathy also represents the CCNH through multiple community collaborations.
Cathy holds a J.D. from UNH Law School and an ED.D. from Harvard University.
Cathy works out of CCNH’s Myrtle St. office and the UNH School of Law Immigration Clinic in Concord.
Michael Fraga is a bilingual staff attorney with Immigration Legal Services. He earned his BA from Saint Anselm College and his JD from Suffolk University Law School.
Michael handles a wide variety of family-based immigration cases as well as unaccompanied minors and asylum cases. He has also represented clients in wrongful detention case before the Boston Immigration Court.
Michael works out of the Manchester and Nashua offices.
Kimberly A. George, Esq.
Kimberly George has worked as the Managing Attorney for Catholic Charities New Hampshire for over twenty years. She is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
She holds a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and a BA from Purdue University.
In addition to her expertise in all areas of family-based immigration law, Kimberly also provides legal assistance to the Diocese’s international priests. Kimberly works in the Nashua office.
Gaston came to Immigration Legal Services in 2018. Prior to that he served as a part time bilingual intake assistant in 2016. Gaston holds a BS in Political Science from the University of Florida and a J.D. from UNH School of Law.
In addition to his work in family based immigration, Gaston is also the lead legal advocate for the department’s Know Your Rights program and he assists with the screening for wrongful detention of immigrants at the Strafford County facility. Gaston works out of the Nashua office.
Rose Lamerand works as a bilingual paralegal for Immigration Legal Services.
Prior to coming to the program in 2017, Rose worked as the Administrative Assistant for CCNH’s Nashua Office. She also served as an administrative manager in legal services for sixteen years, including nine years working for NH Legal Services.
Rose is a certified legal translator/interpreter (Spanish).
Basra S. Mohamed, Esq.
Basra Mohamed has been an immigration attorney at Catholic Charities since 2016. Basra is bilingual with fluency in Somali.
Basra graduated from University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2015. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Political Science and Philosophy.
Basra leads our Victims of Violence program through which she represents and advocates for immigrant victims of crime.
Basra works out of both Manchester and Nashua District Offices.
Lan Nguyễn Trương
Lan Nguyễn Trương is a bilingual (English and Vietnamese) U.S. Department of Justice Accredited Representative. She has served Catholic Charities Clients for over 25 years plus working for our Immigration and Refugee Services program, uniting families and guiding them toward citizenship.
Lan works out of the Manchester District Office. She has a Bachelor Degree in Behavioral Science from College for Life Long Learning and continues ongoing immigration legal training with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)