Immigration & Refugee Services

Uniting Families and Guiding Them to Citizenship

Immigration and Refugee 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:

Immigration & Refugee 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 the Office of Immigration and Refugee Services. In that capacity, she also-teaches the Immigration Law Clinic at the UNH School of Law.

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

Michael Fraga is a staff attorney of New Hampshire Catholic Charities’ Office of Immigration and Refugee Services, which provides an array of legal services to low-income immigrants throughout the state.

In addition to family-based immigration cases, such as naturalization, adjustment of status, and family reunification, the UNH Law Immigration Clinic also takes on challenging asylum and trafficking cases. Michael has experience in representing clients in removal proceedings at the Immigration Court, which includes unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers and also those clients appealing before the Board of Immigration Appeals.

He earned his BA from Saint Anselm College and his JD from Suffolk University Law School.


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 Massachusetts Bar 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 Gros

Gaston Gros joined CCNH’s team in 2017 after graduating from UNH School of Law. He assists clients in all areas of family based immigration.

Gaston served as a bilingual intake assistant for the Immigration Program in 2016. He holds a BS in Political Science from the University of Florida in Gainsville, Florida. He works out of the Nashua office.


Rose Lamerand

Rose Lamerand works as a bilingual paralegal for our Immigration Legal Services Program.

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 works specifically with immigrant victims of crime.

Basra graduated from University of New Hampshire School of Law – formerly Franklin Pierce – in 2015.


Lan Nguyễn Trương

Lan Nguyễn Trương is a bi-lingual (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)


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