All staff members are bilingual in English and Spanish
Francisco Flores was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland. His parents arrived in the United States in the 1980’s from El Salvador. Being the first son born in the United States, Francisco was raised in both the Salvadorian and American culture. Since he was a child, Francisco knew he wanted to be an attorney in order to help as many people as he could. After graduating high school in Prince George’s County, Francisco began his college education at the University of Maryland College Park pursing a Criminal Justice/Criminology degree before transferring to the University of Maryland University College.
While attending college full time, Francisco also began working at the Law Office of Jennifer M. Alonso in September 2013. Francisco started his employment as a legal assistant where he worked hard learning the intricacies and difficulties of Immigration and Nationality Law. Moreover, during this time, Francisco worked with the circuit courts in Maryland to completely understand the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status process in order to assist with an influx of minor child entering the United States. Francisco’s knowledge of the entire SIJS process been instrumental in helping hundreds minor children toward the path of Permanent Residence in the United States. In August 2015, Francisco was promoted to Office Manager, where he has overseen the day to day functioning of the office, training of all our staff, and ensure that all of our client’s goals are met. Francisco graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Law for Business after achieving Dean’s list multiple times and finishing with a 3.647 Cumulative G.P.A. Additionally, Francisco is a member of the National Honor Society of Collegiate Scholars and Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society.
In furtherance of his passion to help as many individuals as he can, Francisco was accepted and began studying at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clark School of Law in August 2017. Despite attending law school in the evenings and managing our law firm full time, Francisco achieved straight A’s during his first semester, became the treasurer of the Evening Law Student Association, board member the Latino/a Law Student Association, and a law student member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Hispanic Bar Association for the District of Columbia and American Bar Association. Francisco has a passion for immigration law which continues to drive him to do everything possible for not only our clients but also members of the community.
Juvenile Visa Specialist
Kervin Flores is from Beltsville, Maryland, but his roots are from El Salvador, where both of his parents were born and raised. Kervin has been a vital employee to our law firm since 2015. Having parents and other family members who were once immigrants has given Kervin a deep appreciation for the hard work and dedication it takes to start from nothing and work towards a better future, especially as an immigrant to the United States. Kervin is both a full-time employee and full-time student.
He is currently a junior enrolled at University of Maryland University College, working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences. After earning his bachelor’s degree, Kervin plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Kervin’s passion for helping others reflects greatly in his role at our firm. As a bilingual Legal Assistant, Kervin specializes in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases, assisting in cases of minor children under the age of 21 to obtain permanent residence status. He ensures clients are well informed of the process and the requirements along the way. Kervin’s goal above all else is to keep families together.
Nadia Carolina Ordonez
Born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Carolina is the first daughter in a large family with six brothers. Carolina has had always had a passion to work directly with the community, and was involved for almost six years with several nonprofit organizations, including World Vision International for three years, in Honduras. She has had several years of training in customer service, professional ethics, and computer programming. In her home country of Honduras, she also worked in the administrative personnel department of the Armed Forces for ten years. There she received several honorable mentions and recognition for her professional performance. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and is a dedicated wife and mother of three children. In 2017, Carolina proudly became a U.S. citizen. At the firm, she assists clients with the intake process, and handles all billing matters. She is currently studying at night to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree at Columbia College in Silver Spring.
Olivia Dietrich is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. During her undergraduate studies, Olivia studied abroad in Spain, where she earned a Minor in Spanish. In addition to Spain, Olivia has traveled to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. Previously, Olivia worked as a Domestic Violence advocate, working alongside victims and survivors of Domestic Violence to provide emotional support during court proceedings. Olivia also worked with Latino children and their families at an inner-city school and provided bilingual assistance for a non-profit organization that catered to the needs of Latino and other low-income families.
Since arriving at our firm, Olivia’s role as a Legal Assistant has been to provide clients with bilingual support in the application processes in addition to one-on-one meetings with clients to ensure greater peace of mind and understanding of their immigration case. Olivia has always had a passion for working with and advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations and believes that immigrants are a truly vulnerable population whose needs are oftentimes overlooked. Olivia strives to have a greater understanding of immigration processes so that she can provide her clients with the best service possible.
Legal Assistant (asylum, juvenile visas)
Elisabet Soto was born and raised in Holguin, Cuba. In 1991, she graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Holguin Oscar Lucero Moya. In 1995, she came to the United States due to political problems and has since gone through the immigration process with her husband. They have worked hard since their arrival, are both proud U.S. citizens today, and have established their own roots here with their children and extended family. Elisabet has been very active assisting the Hispanic community. Currently, she is an active member of the Latin American Council which supports Latino families in Howard County, particularly in helping children to be successful in school. Elisabet is excited to be able to use her education, skills and passion for immigration to help clients at the firm.