Being an immigrant herself, Caterina (Cathy) S. Kretz was born in Caracas, Venezuela and later immigrated to New York City where she was raised. Both of Cathy’s parents were immigrants who later became citizens of the United States. Her mother immigrated from Columbia in her late twenties while her father immigrated from Italy when he was only two years old. Growing up with two immigrant parents has given Ms. Kretz a very unique perspective on the immigration process. This perspective is one of many outstanding qualities which Ms. Kretz possess.

Ms. Kretz was drawn to the practice of law through a family attorney. The attorney helped Cathy to gain her citizenship and became a close friend of the family; this attorney-friend was a role model that Cathy always looked up to. It became apparent that she would pursue a career that would help immigrants because of the help and inspiration she received from this family attorney.

Ms. Kretz graduated from the University of Toledo, College of Law and was admitted to the practice of law in New Mexico in 1994. At the beginning of her legal career she has worked as a staff attorney for the Albuquerque Border City project. This organization fought for the rights of low income or disadvantaged immigrants; she would also do extensive work with Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) cases. In 1997, Ms. Kretz opened her own law practice, Kretz Law Firm, which specialized in immigration law. Recently Ms. Kretz was honored to join Legal Team at Maria Jones Law Firm as a Senior Attorney and now she is overseeing the Consular Processing Department along with being a Mentor for other attorneys of the firm.

Ms. Kretz’s main focus has been family-based immigration law where she enjoys helping to reunite families together. Many of her peers have used words like: aggressive, tenacious, honest, and hard working to describe her personality and work ethic. Ms. Kretz always has her client’s best interests at heart and will do everything possible to fight for the rights of her clients.

Cathy Kretz is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has also done consulting work for both the Mexican Consulate and Catholic Charities in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She speaks both English and Spanish fluently.

Some awards that Ms. Kretz has received over the years are:

— 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 —