Your Immigration Team

Originally from Haiti, Rose-Hermance Rony moved to the U.S as a teenager. She received a bachelor’s degree in History from La Sierra University, and from Concordia University received both a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Juris Doctorate. 

Prior to entering law school, Ms. Rony taught elementary and middle school students for over ten years, where she earned a teacher of the year award every year for nine years. While in law school, Ms. Rony was also awarded the 2020 Diversity Leadership, the 2020 Pro Bono, and the 2020 Civility award. She was also a recipient of the Cali Award for Law Practice Technology in 2019.

During her years in law school, Ms. Rony started a National Lawyers Guild chapter at the school, served as the student liaison for Domestic Violence Court and the International Rescue Committee, and was a student ambassador completing over 25 hours of service. Ms. Rony also completed over 300 hours of pro bono services and started a Legal Knowledge class for immigrants to learn more about U.S. laws. Her success in initiating this class was highlighted in the January 2020 edition of Idaho’s Advocate Magazine.

Ms. Rony interned for Legal Aid of West Palm Beach where she translated documents from English to French and Haitian Creole. She also volunteered for the Idaho Legal Aid and the International Rescue Committee, where she received an Intern of the Year commendation for her services. She also participated in both the housing and criminal clinic of her school, served as Guardian ad Litem for ADA county, was the 2020 Deputy Administrative Editor of her school’s Law Review Journal, and volunteered for Judge Ellis for the Parental Right Termination Court.

Ms. Rony is passionate about the plights of immigrants and is dedicated to helping them navigate the complex legal system of the United States. Since law school, she has continued working in immigration and improving her knowledge. She is attending the Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers Program and will graduate in May 2022. She also serves as the Chair of the Idaho AILA Chapter. Ms. Rony is currently licensed to practice in the State of Idaho. She is a member of the Idaho chapter of American Inns of Court, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Idaho Woman Lawyers, and the Haitian Association of Lawyers.

Laura Diaz is a first-generation Latina with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science and an Associate of Arts in Political Science. She has roots in community organizing and advocacy, especially around matters and issues impacting the Latinx community. She is passionate about social justice and strives for a world liberated from all forms of harm and violence that directly and indirectly impact marginalized populations. When she is not working, she is active in other areas around community organizing and advocacy. Laura participated and completed the Conservation Voters for Idaho Board and Commissions Fellowship in 2021 and was also appointed by the governor to the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance in 2021. She has held public speaking events where she has shared her story of domestic violence in hopes that she can create more awareness around the struggles people face when in situations of violence. She also enjoys reading, traveling with her toddler, trying out new food trucks, and all things wonder woman and pan dulce. Laura is proud of her Mexican roots and strives to create change wherever she goes by choosing to see the humanity in people and validating their experiences.” 

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Guadalupe Corona Ortiz joined Familias Unidas at the Community Council of Idaho in February of 2022 as a Paralegal. She was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and later moved to Kuna, Idaho, where she grew up. Guadalupe graduated from Kuna High School in 2017 and then began her undergraduate career at the University of Idaho. While at the University of Idaho, Guadalupe became very involved with many organizations, including the College Assistant Migrant Program (CAMP). This program helped her through her journey to attend and to graduate college. Her sorority, where she is an active member and president. The Women’s Center, where she helps advocate for gender equity. TRIO for first-generation college students and other clubs around campus. Guadalupe graduated in August of 2021 with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minors in Spanish and Pre-Health Studies. She plans on hopefully attending law school in the future and working more with immigration law. Guadalupe first got involved with the Community Council of Idaho when she began working as a Technical Records Specialist in June of 2021 and later moved to work as a Paralegal for Familias Unidas. Guadalupe enjoys working at Familias Unidas, where she is learning so much about immigration, which she is very passionate about because of her immigrant household. She loves being able to give back to her community and has helped clients with Naturalization applications, DACA applications, U-Visa Applications, VAWAs and much more.

Guisela Castillo was born in Mexico and raised in California. She moved to Idaho in 2020. She attended San Diego City College. Guisela has 10+years of management experience working for major retailers where she accomplished excellence awards for leadership and sales strategies. Guisela first joined Familias Unidas in January 2022 as an Administrative Assistant with only the goal of helping her community. She quickly became passionate about the immigrant community and Immigration Law and wanted to give back more. Within five months of joining the team, she transitioned to the role of paralegal and has been working in that role since July 2022.

She hopes to continue a career in immigrant advocacy and eventually become a Legal Representative. Guisela also enjoys spending time with her family and doing activities like camping, reading to her four-year-old son, and watching anything Star Wars with her family! Her goal is to improve her corner of the world one case at a time. Guisela is experienced in SIJS, Asylum, DACA, Citizenship, and Green Card Renewal.

Paola Hernandez Huante Joined Familias Unidas as a receptionist in August of 2022. She was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho.  She graduated second in her class from Treasure Valley Leadership Academy in March 2022.  Paola has always been passionate about helping those in need. While in school, she would sign up for any opportunities, including distributing food at food banks to help those in need in any capacity she could.  

At Familias Unidas, Paola is able to continue her philanthropic work by not only helping the Latino community but helping all immigrant communities. She wants to continue helping the community as much as she can because the leadership academy taught her that we can all be leaders and help those in need.