(listed alphabetically)

Rosa Barreno has been with Gibbs Houston Pauw since 1998. She is a graduate of a bilingual secretary program completed in Guatemala. Rosa is fluent in both Spanish and English and has many years of interpreting and translation experience. Working with clients and seeing their cases granted is what she enjoys most about working with Gibbs Houston Pauw. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and dancing.

Miriam Borges, ParalegalMiriam Borges Joined Gibbs Houston Pauw in March of 2021. They Graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, with an emphasis in Psychology. Prior to working at GHP, they worked as a legal assistant at a multi-practice firm in Yakima, Washington and has previous immigration law experience. Miriam comes from a family of immigrant agricultural workers and is an immigrant themselves. It has been a lifelong mission for them to advocate for underrepresented marginalized communities. Miriam enjoys community gatherings, supporting the arts, and play time with their dog, Chloe Conchita.

Anastasia Kharitonova-Gomez, ParalegalAnastasia Kharitonova-Gomez joined Gibbs Houston Pauw in 2021, after graduating from the University of Washington with a Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies. During her undergraduate and graduate years, Anastasia’s interest in immigration issues grew through her coursework, thesis research on the Ukrainian diaspora, and internships with local nonprofits that support migrants. As the daughter of Ukrainian and Russian immigrants she speaks fluent Russian and is learning Spanish. Outside of the office, Anastasia enjoys photography, frequenting ethnic grocery stores, and going on road trips. 

Jason Kim, ParalegalJason Kim joined Gibbs Houston Pauw in 2021. He was born and raised in New York. Prior to joining the firm, Jason lived in Japan from 2003 to 2007 doing missionary work. He returned to the U.S. in 2007 and began his career as an immigration paralegal in 2012. He moved to Seattle in 2018 and has worked as a paralegal at other area firms. Jason is fluent in both English and Korean.

Jason received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at Stony Brook University in New York. He also has a Master’s of Divinity from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In his spare time, he enjoys working with his ministry, watching the New York Yankees and New York Rangers, and spending time with his wife and son.

Martha Morales, Paralegal

Martha Morales joined Gibbs Houston Pauw after graduating from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Law, Diversity, and Justice from the Arts and Science Department. She is a bilingual paralegal and speaks both English and Spanish fluently.

As a paralegal at GHP, Martha assists our clients with every stage of their case. She particularly enjoys working with the firm’s client to ensure that both individuals and families understand how to navigate the U.S. immigration system.

Martha is passionate about helping immigrants achieve their dream of living in this country with freedom and stability. She also volunteers with the Northwest Justice Project.

Melanie Ochoa, ParalegalMelanie joined Gibbs Houston Pauw in 2021, after graduating cum laude from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Societies, and Justice. She is a first-generation Mexican-American and works as a paralegal to ensure that her clients understand the U.S Immigration System. 

 Melanie is fluent in both English and Spanish and knows American Sign Language at an intermediate level. Before joining GHP, she gained experience in immigration/family law working at the King County Bar Association and other immigration firms in the greater Seattle area.

 As a paralegal, Melanie enjoys her work in helping immigrants and strongly believes in justice and equality for all human beings, despite their legal status. When Melanie is not assisting individuals with their immigration cases, she enjoys creating charcuterie boards and going on picnics with her sisters and significant other.

Luis Siete joined Gibbs Houston Pauw in May 2022. He was born in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, and raised in Washington. Luis graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology. Luis has worked at local shelters to serve vulnerable communities and has interned at the Federal Public Defender office and worked at the U.S Attorney’s office before joining our firm. Luis Is bilingual in Spanish and English.  

As a Paralegal, Luis strives to understand, listen to his clients, and guide them through the immigration process as best as he can. As a naturalized citizen, Luis understands the difficulties and complexities of applying for status. 

Luis enjoys attending civil engagement events, music events, camping and hiking, and spending quality time with his family and friends outside of assisting individuals with their immigration cases. 

Junior Paralegal

Arenjot Sanghera, Junior ParalegalArenjot is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington, majoring in Law, Societies, and Justice and Political Science, with a minor in Diversity. She plans to attend law school after graduating. She is a bilingual legal assistant and provides services to clients in English, Punjabi, and Hindi. Her family migrated to the US from India, so she is passionate about helping others navigate the complex immigration system. She particularly enjoys working on asylum cases for clients. Arenjot is also involved in Sikh Student Association at UW, The Seattle Clemency Project, and more. 


Holly Swichtenberg, Paralegal

Holly Schwichtenberg joined the Finance Department at GHP in 2018. They graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a double major in International Affairs and Political Science, with a focus on Peace & Conflict Studies. Holly is passionate about social justice movements as well as animal and human rights. Prior to working at GHP, Holly worked for an International Aid Organization assisting refugees. They also helped advance the first Fair Trade Certified town in Minnesota, encouraging consumers to purchase ethically to protect the working rights of others. In their free time Holly volunteers with Literacy Source as an English tutor for our immigrant community and spends countless hours checking out and reading books at their local library branches in Seattle.

Fabian Diaz, Office ManagerFabian Diaz joined Gibbs Houston Pauw in 2018. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biology from La Universidad del Zulia in Venezuela. Fabian taught chemistry for 15 years in his hometown of Maracaibo in Venezuela. He began taking ESL classes at Shoreline Community College in 2016 and finished them in 2018. He is additionally a Spanish Tutor at Shoreline Community College, and he worked for two years as a volunteer in the college’s Lab Center. Fabian is fluent in Spanish and English.


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Adam W. Boyd Partner

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