As a long-time member of the Walla Walla Valley, Wendy was always interested in the immigration problems experienced by the agricultural working families who built the Valley. Then, while in law school, she had an opportunity to work as an intern for Columbia Legal Services, representing children in immigration proceedings. It seemed to be divine intervention, when she was asked to develop an Immigration Clinic at World Relief Spokane in 2004. As the only Legal Services Immigration Clinic in this part of the Northwest, World Relief provided legal services for hundreds of people each year. Several law students were able to learn Immigration law under Wendy’s supervision. At World Relief, Wendy represented immigrants from around the world, many of them refugees from such places as the former Soviet countries, Africa, and Burma. She successfully represented a wide variety of immigration cases, including asylees, people in deportation proceedings, family petitioners, citizenship applicants, and victims of domestic violence. A satellite clinic in Walla Walla from 2005-2009 allowed Ms. Hernandez the opportunity to come “home” to practice immigration law on a part-time basis, representing the people who inspired her to learn Immigration law.
Member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Washington Bar Association (WBA). Graduated from Gonzaga University Law School, cum laude in 2003.
Lorena Garcia, Paralegal
Lorena was born and raised in Walla Walla, WA. She graduated from Walla Walla High School and afterward attended Walla Walla Community College where she received her Associates degree in Executive Office Administration. Over the years she has worked in several reception/secretarial positions, which has allowed her to gain experience working with a diverse population. She joined Hernandez Immigration Law in June 2015. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and can assist with family consular cases requiring Waivers and NVC processing. Email Lorena.
Jacqueline Bonilla, Paralegal
Jackie was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA but moved to Walla Walla, WA for school. She graduated from Whitman College in May 2016 with a Sociology major and Politics minor. Jackie started working at Hernandez Immigration Law as a student intern in September 2015 and started working with us as a full-time paralegal in June 2016. She speaks both English and Spanish and will gladly assist you with any immigration matter regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), both first time applying and renewals, Travel Documents, Naturalization, Family Petitions for Residency, Fiancé Visas, Work Permits, both first time applying and renewals, and Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) cases. She can also assist you with any questions you may have about our internship opportunities in the firm. Jackie is very passionate about immigration and is an aspiring immigration lawyer who hopes to attend law school in the near future.
Lizzette was raised in the Walla Walla Valley, and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 2011. She then attended Washington State University where she graduated in May 2015 with a degree in Political Science. Lizzette began working at Hernandez Immigration Law in October 2016, she is fluent in English and Spanish, and will gladly assist you with your cases regarding U Visas, Adjustment of Status, Court Asylum, Affirmative Asylum, Naturalization applications, and Work Permit and Permanent Resident Card renewals. Lizzette enjoys cheering on the Cougs on Saturdays and spending the rest of her free time with her family.
Rocio Valdez, Receptionist
Rocio was born and raised in San Jose California where she graduated from Heald College and earned her Associates degree in Criminal Justice in 2010. She moved to Walla Walla to be close to her daughter. Rocio joined us in September of 2016. She is an aspiring paralegal at Hernandez Immigration Law. She will gladly assist you with any of your questions and or concerns in English and or Spanish.