Paola was born in Colombia and immigrated with her family to Canada when she was nine years old. After graduating from High School, Paola pursued her post-secondary studies at Carleton University, where she studied Criminology and Social Justice, with a concentration in Law and minor in Sociology.
Before attending law school, Paola worked as a law clerk and office administrator at Bondy Immigration Law from 2008 to 2010. It was through her work at Bondy Immigration Law that she decided to pursue a career in law. Paola received her LL.B from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.
After completing her studies, she returned to Canada and continued to work at Bondy Immigration Law as a law student while preparing her requirements with the National Committee of Accreditation to be licensed to practice law in Canada. She also articled at Bondy Immigration Law.
Paola briefly worked at an Engineering firm in the legal department and then went to work at The Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples Legal Clinic before deciding to open Melo Law. After two years of operating her own firm, she decided to co-found Melo Carrasquero LLP. Paola has participated in public talks concerning immigration matters and has been a guest speaker in Radio Shows.
In her career, Paola has represented clients from different backgrounds and different legal needs. Aside from assisting clients with their immigration needs, she also supports companies with their business affairs needs.
Paola is very passionate about social justice issues and community service. She presently volunteers at the Halton Women's Centre in Oakville giving Pro Bono advice on immigration matters, as well as she volunteers giving pro-bono advice with other organizations. While attending law school, she served as the Treasurer of the Canadian Law Society and as an advisor at the University of Leicester’s Pro Bono Clinic.
Paola is a member of the Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association, Refugee Lawyers’ Association,and the Canadian and Ontario Bar Association. She is also part of the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Young Professionals Network.
Paola is fluent in English and Spanish and conversant in French. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.