Sandy Restrepo, Executive Director & Immigration Attorney
Sandy Restrepo is an immigration attorney and co-founder of Colectiva Legal del Pueblo. She represents individuals in various stages of the immigration process including family-based petitions, deportation defense, naturalization and non-immigrant visas. Sandy is committed to working with immigrant populations individually and collectively, in a capacity that empowers and informs them of their rights.
Before becoming an attorney, Sandy focused on grassroots campaigns and organizing with migrant communities for education, immigration and worker’s rights.
Sandy grew up in Santa Ana, California and is the proud daughter of immigrant parents. She obtained a B.A. in Latin American Studies and a minor in History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Sandy graduated from Seattle University School of Law. She is the first in her family to graduate college and obtain a professional degree.
Paula Martinez, Immigration Attorney
Paul Martinez joined Colectiva Legal de Pueblo in May 2014 and works in the Wenatchee office. Paula’s practice focuses on U visa, VAWA, and VAWA cancellation of removal cases, family-based immigration and deportation defense.
Before joining Colectiva, Paula worked as an Associate Attorney with Rios & Cruz P.S. in Seattle. Paula also previously worked in Central/Eastern Washington with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) organizing and conducting workshops and legal clinics regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
While in law school, Paula interned with the Immigration Center for Women and Children, where she worked on U visa and VAWA cases. Paula is licensed by the State Bar of Texas.
Norma Gonzalez, Resource Development Director and Legal Advocate
Norma Gonzalez joined Colectiva Legal in August 2015 while still in law school. Norma provides assistance to attorneys in various stages of immigration relief for clients. Also, Norma works to engage and educate families and individuals in the community on their rights despite their immigration status.
Prior to attending Law School, Norma was employed as an Advocate in Salem, Oregon where she worked with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking. Norma also volunteered with Legal Aid Services of Oregon to assist survivors of abuse in applying for U-Visas.
Alma Gutierrez, Co-Founder, Director of Operations & Legal Advocate
Alma Gutierrez became a co-founder of Colectiva Legal del Pueblo (CLP) after bearing witness to the power of community organizing. Alma worked together with the hunger strikers at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in 2014 providing support to legal cases. Her position is the Director of Operations and Legal Advocacy within the collective, spearheading administrative duties, and providing assistance to clients and CLP attorneys in various stages of immigration relief. Alma also works to engage and educate families and individuals in the community on their rights despite their immigration status.
Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Alma migrated to the United States from Mexico in 1998, with her three small children, seeking a better life for herself and her family. Before becoming involved in the migrant justice movement and the co-founder of Colectiva, Alma supported her family while working two, sometimes, three jobs as a waitress and hotel worker.
Alma was propelled into a leadership role with an immigrant rights organization in Seattle, Washington, after her partner of six years was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the NWDC. Following her passion to assist other families in the same horrible situation, Alma has dedicated herself to the movement, providing support to numerous individuals and families subjected to the immigration detention system.
Victoria Mena, Policy Director and Development Strategist
Victoria Mena joined Colectiva in September 2016 to focus on policy, advocacy and development. Victoria holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Evans School at the University of Washington, and will coordinate community partnerships, participate in policy discussions and expand Colectiva’s overall capacity.
Victoria brings nearly 10 years of valuable experience as a community organizer and social justice advocate in Florida, California and Washington, with a background in grassroots mobilization, deportation defense, immigration detention and privatization research.
For fun Victoria enjoys cooking, creating art, and is learning how to play guitar.
Brought over from Guerrero, Mexico as a baby, Esmeralda Jimenez joined Colectiva Legal del Pueblo in March as a Legal Assistant and Advocate.
A DACA beneficiary herself, she has had the pleasure and privilege of working and adventuring through much of the West Coast. A USC alum with a background in environmental studies and international relations, she is eager to serve the local immigrant community of Greater Seattle.