Paralegals and Accredited Representatives | Asistentes Legales

Marina del Carmen Ordoñez, Director of Operations (Vallejo) and Accredited Representative

Marina del Carmen Ordoñez, Director of Operations (Vallejo) and Accredited Representative

Office: Vallejo and Napa, CA

Marina’s passion for human rights began at a young age while growing up in El Salvador. She and her daughter came to this country as refugees and were granted political asylum and the opportunity to stay here.

In 2013 a group of passionate people and Marina founded VIDAS to provide services to all immigrants and advocate for a just immigration reform that would focus on family reunification. As the Director of Operations at the Vallejo Office and Accredited Representative, Marina provides legal services, oversight to our management systems, promoting efficiency, access, and effectiveness of flow and processes. She became the first Accredited Representative at VIDAS and has a background in grass root organizing, outreach and advocating for immigrants’ rights. She was instrumental in opening the VIDAS offices in Vallejo and Napa Valley College. She is a liaison with community organizations, service organizations, and other public and private agencies in the community.

Marina has a Master of Divinity degree from the San Francisco Theological Seminary and over 18 years of experience in health care administration, management, and program development.

Barbara Ibarra, Director of Operations (Dream Center) and Legal Assistant

Office: Dream Center, Santa Rosa, CA

Barbara was born in Santa Paula, CA to immigrant parents. She was raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico from the age of one year old to the age of 11. She has been living in Sonoma County from 1985 to the present. She graduated from Sonoma State University in May 1999. In 2001, she began working in the area of immigration law. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

She joined VIDAS in April of 2019 as legal assistant and in the Spring of 2020 become Director of Operations at the Dream Center office at the Santa Rosa Junior College.

Barbara Ibarra, Director of Operations (Dream Center) and Legal Assistant
Mabel Avila Peña, Director of Operations (B Street) and Accredited Representative

Mabel Avila Peña, Director of Operations (B Street) and Accredited Representative

Office: B Street, Santa Rosa, CA

Prior to coming to the USA, Mabel was a lawyer in her native country, where she graduated in Law in 1998 at the University of Havana.

During her last semester at college, Mabel Avila Peña interned with VIDAS. Immediately after her graduation with the Highest Honors in Santa Roja Junior College, she was hired as a paralegal for our agency. Mabel is originally from Cuba. At one point in her life, she was herself an immigrant seeking asylum in this amazing country. Her own experience sparked in her a deep passion to help the immigrant community in the area. Even though she works daily processing diverse cases of immigration matters, her greatest inclination is toward the Removal Defense issues. Being bilingual and able to communicate with clients in their native tongue is an addition to our services.

A year after working with us, Mabel was accredited by the Office of Legal Access Programs, becoming an Accredited Representative. Her performance at the agency granted her the position of Director of Operation at the B Street, Santa Rosa. In the achievement of her duties, she is always eager to keep a harmonious balance and maintain a joyful, and efficient workplace.

Rosa Azucena Becerra Ibarra (Suzy Becerra), Accredited Representative

Office: B Street, Santa Rosa, CA

Suzy is from Nayarit, Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. in 1999. She lived undocumented in the U.S. for almost a decade and understands the needs and struggles of the immigrant community first hand. In 2008, she connected with a local grassroots organization focused on immigration. There she not only found an outlet to share her experiences as an undocumented immigrant and bring awareness but she also learned about immigrant rights and found support from comrades and allies.

Suzy is an Accredited Representative and has been working as a Legal Assistant at VIDAS since 2014. When the Law Office of Richard Coshnear was in an effort to transition into a non-profit organization, now known as VIDAS, she was invited to help found it. Suzy did not hesitate to partake in this opportunity and move forward with the project. Suzy’s mission has been to bring available immigration services to the undocumented community and through those services, work toward a united community which moves into action to change injustice laws.

She meets with clients, describes the immigration process clients will undergo, provides guidance through the steps of their individual cases, fills out immigration forms, and submits paperwork to the appropriate government agency offices.

Daisy Chavez, Legal Assistant

Daisy Chavez, Legal Assistant

Daisy is a legal assistant at VIDAS. She was born and raised in Napa, CA and her roots are from Jalisco, Mexico. Daisy has a background in grassroots organizing and advocating for immigrants’ rights. Following her passion Daisy continued to pursue her career in immigration after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Chicana/o studies. Daisy’s passion led her to work at VIDAS where she strives to work with clients on their immigration cases.

Daisy joined VIDAS in December of 2018 as a legal assistant. She works alongside an immigration attorney and an accredited representative with casework. In addition, she assists as the receptionist and with community outreach. Daisy will soon become an immigration accredited representative.