Support Immigrant and Refugee Rights


ICS Staff 

Tireless Support for the Plight of Immigrants and Refugees
Frank Garcia
Executive Director

Frank is a change leader who has been championing immigrant rights and progressive public policies for over 20 years. In addition to several executive management positions with the State of Oregon, he served as a senior policy advisor to former Gov. John Kitzhaber where he advised on affirmative action and immigration issues and introduced diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks to address the state service delivery system, decision-making about the state workforce, and policy-making. Frank is also credited for facilitating the 2013 passage of the Oregon Driver Card Bill and Tuition Equity for undocumented residents.

He also served as the Affirmative Action Director for the Oregon State Bar where he ushered in diversity, equity, and inclusion as a new policy framework for access to justice.  Mr. Garcia left public service to form a consultancy focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion and has worked with businesses, government entities, and nonprofits. Mr. Garcia holds a BA in Sociology from PSU and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from NYU.

As the son of migrant workers who settled in Dayton, OR, where he was raised, Frank brings personal experience and passion to the work of ICS and is excited by the opportunity to support and strengthen the immigrant community through our important mission.

Caryn Crosthwait
Staff Attorney, Unaccompanied Minors Program and Portland Office

Prior to joining ICS in 2019, Caryn worked as a Staff Attorney at SOAR Immigration Legal Services in Portland and Hillsboro. Before coming to Oregon, she led Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay’s Immigration Legal Services program as Program Supervisor and Attorney. She also worked in Sacramento for four years at a private immigration law practice focused on family-based immigration, citizenship and removal defense. She is licensed to practice law in California and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Caryn earned dual degrees in Spanish and history from Drew University, a Master’s degree in history from Tufts University, and her law degree from U.C. Davis School of Law.

Caryn’s current practice at ICS is split between providing legal assistance and representation to detained unaccompanied minors and handling a variety of cases within the Portland office’s general immigration program, including family-based petitions, humanitarian cases, citizenship and DACA. Her work includes representing clients in Immigration Court as well as before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Consulates abroad.

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Aaron Lopez-Huskey
Portland Office Staff Attorney

Aaron graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in Philosophy and from Willamette University with a JD and MBA. He's a Mexican American dual citizen with a great deal of love for both of his countries.

He realizes how he's been to get to where he's at in life and is excited to join Immigration Counseling Service as an attourney for people in need of help. When not working, he can e found immersed in music or movies, drinking good wine and eating good food, hanging out with family and friends, exploring, or spending time with his energetic doggy. He's particularly fond of Harry Potter and Marvel stories, Mexican food, and Oregon wine.

Sam Reese 
Portland Office Accredited Representative

Having started at ICS in 1999, Sam has been working for ICS for almost 20 years. He began as a Legal Assistant and now is an Accredited Representative. He is a graduate of Portland State University where he studied Spanish and Anthropology.

Sam represents clients in asylum cases and family-based petitions. Beyond these, Sam has experience working with special legislation for Central Americans such as NACARA and TPS as well as other more obscure legislation such as Family Unity and Life Act. The motivation that Sam finds for his work comes from his desire to support immigrant communities and make a difference in the lives of his clients.

Lupita Valezquez
Unaccompanied Minors Program Legal Assistant

Lupita joined ICS in October 2018 as the Portland Client Coordinator. She graduated from Portland State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and minor in Chican@/Latin@ Studies. Before coming to ICS, Lupita worked at the Office of Admissions and Office of the President at Portland State University.

At ICS’s Portland office, Lupita is the first point of contact for all clients and coordinates all appointments. Additionally, she provides administrative support to the legal workers and assists with data collection. As an immigrant herself, Lupita finds the work that ICS does of high importance and hopes that her work can contribute to the thriving of the immigrant community.

Ricardo Ramirez Campos
Unaccompanied Minors Program Legal Assistant

We are pleased to welcome Ricardo Ramirez Campos as our newest UAC Legal Assistant. Ricardo is a PCC Paralegal graduate and comes from an immigrant farm working family from Yakima. Ricardo is looking forward to helping the kids of our UAC program.

Rita Ombaka 
Operations Manager

Rita joined ICS as the Operations Manager in July 2017. Rita is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College with dual degrees in International Affairs and Music Education. Before ICS, Rita worked as the Operations Manager at the Alliance for Youth Action, a national organization focusing on cultivating civic engagement amongst young people.

At ICS, Rita manages all things accounting and finance and ensures that the Portland and Hood River offices run smoothly. Born and raised in Kenya, Rita is proud to be part of an organization that brings about positive change to vulnerable communities and is excited for continued growth in ICS’ capacity.

Isaac Alley
Removal Defense Attorney

Prior to joining ICS in 2019, Isaac worked for almost six years in private practice as an immigration attorney. Isaac is a licensed member of the Oregon State Bar, as well as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Isaac earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Portland State University.

At ICS, Isaac acts as a removal attorney for the Equity Corps program, providing counsel and representation to individuals in immigration court. In addition, Isaac is a supporting attorney in the Unaccompanied Minors Program. In his free time, Isaac enjoys goofing around with his two daughters and sharing meals with his spouse.

Claire Fawcett 
Unaccompanied Minors Program Managing Attorney

Claire Fawcett has dedicated her career to providing quality representation to low-income immigrants. Previously, she worked at the Justice & Diversity Center in San Francisco, California where she coordinated a program that provides legal advice and advocacy to unrepresented people in removal proceedings. She also served as a staff attorney at two other Bay Area non-profits focusing on U-visa. SIJS, asylum, DACA, Adjustment of Status, and Bond cases. Claire attended Northeastern University School of Law where she received her J.D. and Haverford College where she received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Spanish.

Gabe Espinal 
Unaccompanied Minors Program Attorney

Before joining Immigration Counseling Service, Gabe worked as a legal extern for JusticeMatters North Carolina and Catholic Charities of Oregon Immigration Legal Services. He earned his J.D. from Duke Law in 2019, where he served on the Duke Immigrant Rights Project, providing removal defense services to low income community members. During his final semester of law school, Gabe worked as a full-time legal extern at Immigration Counseling Service while conducting original research for his faculty-mentored paper entitled U Visas in Oregon. Gabe is passionate about immigration and the law. He also loves reading fiction and long form reporting, visual art, and lately playing futsal with the ICS office team, Las Monarcas.

Wendy Roman
Portland Office Client Coordinator

Introducing Wendy Roman, our new Client Coordinator. Wendy holds a BA in Political Science from UO and has worked for several local law firms in a variety of capacities, plus interned with SOAR. Wendy is a dedicated ACLU volunteer and is passionate about social justice. She’s also an accomplished poet!

Brenda Orozco 
Hood River Office Client Coordinator

Brenda has been working for ICS Hood River office since June 2016. She went to school in California and holds a CDA credential in early childhood and wants to continue her education to become a Paralegal. Her passion has always been to strengthen family relationships and well-being. She has extensive experience working with diverse cultures.

At ICS Brenda is our Client Coordinator, the first source of contact for the clients in the Hood River office. She loves to multi-task and provides reception duties, administrative work, data entry, office accounting and most of all supports the Legal workers.

Alhena Herrara
Trafficking Victim Assistance Case Manager

Alhena joined ICS in September of 2018 and works to empower foreign born survivors of trafficking. Alhena holds an Associate in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Pasadena City College in California and a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Psychology from Portland State University. Prior to joining ICS, Alhena worked for the Multnomah Circuit Courthouse, interned for the Human Trafficking division at the Sheriff’s office, completed a year-long Research Assistantship with Portland State’s Doctoral Psychology Department, and participated in the Inside-Out Prison exchange program at McLaren Youth Correctional Facility and Coffee Creek Correctional Facility where she analyzed causes and effects of domestic violence and trauma-informed practices.

As a first-generation immigrant, Alhena is passionate about immigrant rights, while being motivated by the resiliency of her clients as they work towards self-sufficiency. She also conducts trainings on Human trafficking; networks with local agencies, attorneys, law enforcement; and participates on several regional Human Trafficking Task Forces.

Luisa Cruz
Portland Office Paralegal

Luisa joined the ICS team in December of 2018. Prior to joining ICS, she worked as a Legal Advocate with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s Granger office where she primarily assisted victims of crime with humanitarian petitions. Luisa graduated from Washington State University’s Vancouver campus in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development. As a paralegal at ICS, Luisa assists ICS legal workers with humanitarian petitions and family petitions. Luisa hopes to go to Law School in the near future to continue helping immigrant families.

Ana Sofia Mello 
Portland Office Paralegal

Ana Sofia graduated from University of Oregon Honors College as an International Studies and Spanish double major. She is trilingual and speaks fluent English, Spanish, and Portuguese. She enjoys sunshine, traveling, reading, biking, playing the violin, and being in nature.

Carina Garcia 
Portland Office Unaccompanied Minors Program Legal Assistant

Carina has been working as a legal assistant for the ICS Unaccompanied Children Program since June of 2018. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and international studies, specializing in migration, displacement, and refugees. Beyond her work at ICS, Carina has experience in conducting academic research on transnational migration as a Ronald E McNair Scholar as well as grassroots and state-level organizing for immigrant rights in Oregon.

Carina’s work at ICS includes supporting the UAC attorney, conducting Know-Your-Rights presentations to detained youth in government custody, providing legal screenings and ensuring access to legal services. As a second generation immigrant, Carina’s work is motivated by her dedication to immigrant and human rights. In her free time, Carina enjoys oil painting and spending time with her family in rural Eastern Oregon.

Jean Sheppard 
Hood River Office Volunteer Attorney

Jean Sheppard is a full-time volunteer with ICS. She is new to immigration law, but has completed classes through the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Innovation Law Lab and Seattle University School of Law.

Prior to joining ICS Jean spent seventeen years as Associate Administrator at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital where she was responsible for all of the hospital support services. Jean has also been a public finance investment banker in New York and Chicago and began her career as a municipal bond attorney in New York and New Jersey.

Jean is the President of the Hood River County Library District and serves on the boards of the Hood River Rotary Club and the Hood River chapter of the United Way of the Columbia Gorge. She lives with her husband on their 30 acre pear orchard in Hood River.