Caterina S. Kretz was born in Caracas, Venezuela and was raised in New York City. Both of Caterina's parents were immigrants. Her mother immigrated from Columbia to the United States in her late twenties while her father’s family immigrated from Italy to the United States when he was a young boy. Both of Caterina's parents obtained their citizenship before Caterina was born. Growing up with two immigrant parents has given Caterina a very unique perspective on what you and your family may be going through in your immigration journey. This is a perspective that many immigration attorneys do not possess. While growing up, Caterina would actually help translate for her parents from Spanish to English until her father mastered Spanish. Caterina's grandparents on her father’s side also received their citizenship in the United States. Caterina actually has their original citizenship certificates hanging up at the office. Caterina's husband is no stranger to immigrants either, his grandfather on his fathers side immigrated from Alsace-Lorraine in the turn of the 19th century and his grandmother immigrated from Austria around the same time and they both received their United States citizenship.
Caterina was drawn to the practice of law through a family attorney. Since Caterina was born outside of the United States she had to obtain her citizenship. The attorney that helped Caterina gain her citizenship became a close friend of the family. Caterina always looked up to her and it became apparent she would pursue a career that would help immigrants.
Caterina is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law. Caterina was admitted to the New Mexico State Bar in 1994. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Caterina has also done consulting work for both the Mexico Consulate in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Catholic Charities in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Caterina speaks fluent English and Spanish.
Caterina was a staff attorney for the Albuquerque Border City project from 1996 to 1997. This organization fought for the rights of low income or disadvantaged immigrants as well as her extensive work with violence against women act (VAWA). In 1997 Caterina opened her own law practice "Kretz Law Firm" to help immigrants with their immigration needs.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
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I endorse Caterina Kretz. She is aggressive, tenacious, honest and hard working with an unstoppable work ethic. Caterina always has her client's best interest at heart and will do everything possible to fight for the rights of her clients. She is an immigrant herself, and was raised by two immigrant parents. Caterina has received some impressive awards over the years, including: Award of Appreciation from the Albuquerque Border City Project. Certificate of Recognition from the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque. Certificate of Recognition from the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque Certificate of Appreciation from the New Mexico Commission on the status of women. Certificate designating Caterina S. Kretz as Consulting Attorney of the Mexican government. Highly recommended.
Richard Maney Immigration Attorney
I highly endorse Caterina “Cathy” Kretz. Being an immigrant herself, she is passionate and dedicated to getting every one of her clients the best outcome possible. She is kind, extremely intelligent, and knows how to get results. She is extremely well-respected in the legal community for good reason. Fellow attorneys whom she has worked with notice her ethics, client service, and commitment to every case she undertakes.
Christian Zeller Immigration Attorney
|NM||Authorized to practice law||1994||05/10/2010|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Award of Appreciation||Albuquerque Border City Project||N/A|
|Certificate of Recognition||Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque||N/A|
|Certificate of Recognition||Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque||N/A|
|Certificate of Appreciation||New Mexico Commission on the status of women||N/A|
|Certificate designating Caterina S. Kretz as Consulting Attorney||Mexican government||N/A|
|Partner||Kretz & Romero, P.C.||2008 - Present|
|Attorney||Kretz Law Firm||1996 - 2008|
|Attorney||Albuquerque Border City Project||1995 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Project||N/A||1997 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||N/A||1996 - Present|
|Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)||Treasurer||2010 - 2011|
|University of New Mexico||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|Sterling Education||Immigration Law and Practices||2007|
|State of New Mexico||Call ins||2006|
|State of New Mexico||Call ins||2005|
|Immigration Information fairs||State of New Mexico||1997|
|Immigration Information fairs||State of New Mexico||1996|