DMRS’ Unaccompanied Minors Program provides assistance to children, including:

  • Know Your Rights Presentations- staff give group or individual presentations to newly arrived children at El Paso area detention facilities prior to each child’s first court appearance.  These presentations teach the children about their rights while in detention and throughout the immigration court process.
  • Individual Screenings – staff meet individually with all unaccompanied children to identify their legal needs and provide additional education regarding their rights and immigration law.
  • Pro Bono Assistance and Referrals – staff recruit, train, and mentor pro bono attorneys who provide legal representation to unaccompanied children.
  • Coordinated Services – staff communicate with detention facility caseworkers, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) staff, child welfare practitioners, and immigration authorities to ensure each child’s needs are addressed.

The Unaccompanied Minors Program provides full representation to immigrant children without a parent or legal guardian who are currently in removal (deportation) proceedings.  These children may be fleeing poverty, war, or other dangerous circumstances on their own, or they may have lost contact with an adult along the way.  They are detained in federal custody in shelters or detention centers contracted by the Division of Children’s Services (DCS, formerly DUCS), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

Meet our Unaccompanied Minors Program Staff:

Should you have any questions for your caseworker, please see their contact information below.  If you have any concerns about your case that are not being addressed by your caseworker, please contact Kelly Engel-Wells to discuss your concerns.


Melissa M. Lopez
Executive Director/Attorney at Law/Supervisor
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1001
Natasha Reyes-Diaz

Natasha Reyes-Diaz
Staff Attorney
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1511

Jamye Boone Ward
Staff Attorney
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1502

Jacob Wedemeyer
Staff Attorney
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1509

Leslie Gandara
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1503

Daniela Garcia del Rivero
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1504

Erika Monarrez
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1506

Dolores Rosales
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1507
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Irma Tinoco
Legal Assistant
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1508

Sandra Marisol Gomez de Ramirez
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1505

Diego Murcia
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1514

Cassie Saupe
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1515

Alex Ortiz
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1517

Daniel Carreto
Data Entry
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1516

Luis Jacquez
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1506

Ana Sifuentes
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1512

Sister Meggie Flores
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1519

Marlene Lechuga
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1513

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