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For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBT people, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age of widespread government surveillance, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than 4 million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., to safeguard everyone’s rights.

American Gateways

American Gateways is one of the largest immigration legal services providers in Texas. Our clients receive culturally sensitive, trauma-informed legal representation from start to finish of a case. Our staff are experts in the areas of: Asylum (for individuals and families fleeing persecution in their home country); Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Petitions (for battered spouses, parents, and/or children); T Visas (for survivors of trafficking); U Visas (for survivors of certain types of violent crimes that occurred in the U.S.); Representation before the San Antonio Immigration Court; Permanent Residency and Naturalization; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); Family-based Petitions

American Gateways is also the only nonprofit in the state to provide legal orientation, immigration workshops, and pro bono legal representation at four immigrant detention facilities. Our Austin office serves the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas. Our San Antonio office serves the South Texas Detention Complex in Pearsall, Texas, the Karnes County Residential Center for families in Karnes City, Texas, and the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.

Angry Tias & Abuelas of the RGV

The Angry Tias and Abuelas’ mission is to advocate for dignity and justice for individuals and families seeking asylum at our borders. As they embark on their journeys to destinations across the U.S., our aim is to assure their basic health and safety needs are met.
We provide emergency assistance such as food, water, clothing, toiletries, logistical support and cash funds when needed to those recently released from ICE custody at bus depots or shelters in Brownsville and McAllen. We inform asylum seekers of their rights as they await entry across international bridges and give direct financial support to refugee shelters in the RGV and select immigrant shelters in Matamoros and Reynosa.

Annunciation House

In a Gospel spirit of service and solidarity, we accompany the migrant, refugee, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education. We place ourselves among these poor so as to live our faith and transform our understanding of what constitutes more just relationships between peoples, countries, and economies.


BakerRipley provides both legal and non-legal immigration services throughout the Houston immigrant community, at two of their neighborhood center locations: BakerRipley Gulfton Sharpstown and BakerRipley Ripley House. They are well-known for conducting large-scale Naturalization and DACA pro se workshops, but BakerRipley also offers direct legal services for community members who fall below the federal poverty guidelines and are in need of low-cost legal services. BakerRipley has particular expertise in family-based immigration, naturalization and citizenship, and crime-victim cases and has the capacity to take on challenging legal cases that involve complex evidentiary or legal issues.

Catholic Charities of the RGV Humanitarian Respite Center

Recognizing that immigrants continue to cross the Texas-Mexico border in large numbers, CCRGV understands firsthand the growing need for essential services that provide hope during emotionally daunting and physically exhausting times. Taking action to address this rising imperative, Catholic Charities has purchased land in the City of McAllen to build a new respite center that will better meet the needs of the families that CCRGV serves each day. Located only two blocks from McAllenu2019s main bus terminal, the new Humanitarian Respite Center at this site will be positioned to welcome and serve the most vulnerable as they continue to pursue a new life in the United States.

Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services

Recognizing that immigrants continue to cross the Texas-Mexico border in large numbers, CCRGV understands firsthand the growing need for essential services that provide hope during emotionally daunting and physically exhausting times. Taking action to address this rising imperative, Catholic Charities has purchased land in the City of McAllen to build a new respite center that will better meet the needs of the families that CCRGV serves each day. Located only two blocks from McAllenu2019s main bus terminal, the new Humanitarian Respite Center at this site will be positioned to welcome and serve the most vulnerable as they continue to pursue a new life in the United States.

Good Neighbor Settlement House

Since 1953, the Good Neighbor Settlement House has served the needs of the Buena Vida neighborhood of Brownsville. Hundreds of families and senior citizens who live here take advantage of programs at Good Neighbor that provide community events, food, showers, clothing, and help with communication and health care.

Human Rights First

On human rights, the United States must be a beacon. Activists fighting for freedom around the globe continue to look to our country for inspiration and count on us for support. Upholding human rights is not only a moral obligation; itu2019s a vital national interest: America is strongest when our policies and actions match our values.

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the global struggle for human rights, so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they fail, we step in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Around the world, we work where we can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms.

Immigrant Families Together

119 Bonds Paid = $1,141,500. This is the beginning of our work.

We also provide support and resources to the families we’ve reunited: Legal Counsel; Medical; Housing; Food Security; Transportation; Clothing.

In addition we have programs for:  Assistance to volunteers and partners on the border serving those affected by the Remain in Mexico, Migrant Protection Protocols; Detention Support which expands work in detention prisons for the support of families who lose a loved one in detention, and to support those in immigration detention so that they don’t become another name on the devastating list of deaths in ICE custody.

Immigrant Justice Now

We oppose the cruel, inhumane and unjustified separation of children from their parents along the US border with Mexico and at other ports of entry into the U.S. We protest the appalling conditions in which families, and indeed all migrants, are kept. We protest the irreversible trauma that has already been perpetrated on these children and their parents for the crime of seeking a better life.

To separate immigrant families, victims of violence, hunger and poverty, is to re-violate them. Children as young as 18 months have been torn from their motheru2019s arms by the US. government. This is violent abuse. These families are victimized not only by having to flee for their lives from poverty violence and hunger, but re-victimized by the government they turn to for help. We oppose the inhumane policies of the Trump Administration and previous administrations, Border Patrol, and I.C.E. and we call for immediate reform.

Interfaith Welcome Coalition

The Interfaith Welcome Coalition came together in the summer of 2014 in response to the overwhelming need of unaccompanied children coming to the United States from Central America.
In response to the crisis, a broad network of faith communities & community organizations began working closely with RAICES, a nonprofit organization who are the legal advocates for refugees and asylum seekers.
The work evolved and now the IWC collaborates with many organizations serving refugees, asylum seekers, and at-risk immigrants and serves as advocates for the needs of these vulnerable populations.

Justice For Our Neighbors

National Justice For Our Neighbors employs a small staff at its headquarters in Fairfax County, VA, just outside of Washington, D.C. The NJFON office supports 18 JFON sites across the country, located in 15 states, including the District of Columbia. Together, these sites operate over 50 clinics, many of which have found a home in United Methodist Churches.
In our clinics, volunteers set appointments, welcome clients, conduct intake interviews with new clients, and much more. Staff attorneys meet with clients in confidential sessions to provide advice and counsel. Many clients are then taken on for full representation by the JFON staff attorney.

Staff and volunteers at JFON sites advocate for immigration reform that reflects our shared values of fairness and equality. We take every opportunity to educate our communities about immigration issues and laws. We strive to keep families together, and to provide our immigrant neighbors with hospitality, compassion, and respect.

Kids In Need of Defense

KIND will achieve our vision by:
Ensuring that no child appears in immigration court without high quality legal representation;
Advancing laws, policies, and practices that ensure children’s protection and uphold their right to due process and fundamental fairness; and Promoting in countries of origin, transit, and destination durable solutions to child migration that are grounded in the best interests of the child and ensure that no child is forced to involuntarily migrate.

La Posada Providencia

La Posada Providencia is an emergency shelter for men, women and families who flee to the United States due to political oppression, natural disaster, and other life-threatening actions in their native countries. Many have endured severe hardships, including poverty, unjust imprisonment, even torture; all involving physical and emotional suffering. Most clients arrive destitute. They seek legal asylum or other legal recourse to begin new lives in this country. Since 1989, La Posada has provided resettlement assistance to thousands of people from close to 100 different countries.

La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE)

From fighting deportations, to providing social services and English classes, to organizing for streetlights and drainage, LUPE responds to the needs of the community, and takes action that creates a chance for a better life. LUPE’s strength derives from our 8,000+ members throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

César Chávez & Dolores Huerta founded LUPE, a community union rooted in the belief that members of the low-income community have the responsibility and the obligation to organize themselves. Through their association, they begin to advocate and articulate for the issues and factors that impact their lives. Further, César Chávez believed that for people to have ownership of this endeavor, they have to invest of themselves, their efforts and resources, to sustain it. The membership, and the responsibility that comes with it, form the base that is the power of the organization.

Lawyers for Good Government

Our mission is to protect and strengthen democratic institutions, resist abuse of power and corruption, and defend the rights of all those who suffer in the absence of good government.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services

For almost 80 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has been a champion for migrants and refugees from around the globe. Our legacy of courageous and compassionate service has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who have sought safety and hope in Americau2019s communities. Our history reflects American Lutheransu2019 deep immigrant roots and passionate commitment to welcoming newcomers, especially those who are most in need. In partnership with community-based legal and social service providers nationwide, LIRS has helped over 500,000 migrants and refugees rebuild their lives in America.

Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center

Las Americas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in El Paso, Texas providing free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees in West Texas and New Mexico. We have served over 30,000 people from over 80 countries since 1987. Las Americas provides legal representation through both attorneys and accredited representatives through the Department of Justice.

The mission of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center is to provide high-quality legal services to low-income immigrants, and to advocate for human rights.


Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. As an organization that combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy, RAICES is unique among immigration organizations. A diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state. In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client. Our advocacy and commitment to change are driven by the clients and families we serve every day as our attorneys and legal assistants provide legal advocacy and representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families and leaves millions without pathways to legal status.

South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project

The South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) empowers detained immigrants through high-quality legal education and representation. Located in Harlingen, Texas, ProBAR serves adults and unaccompanied children in immigration detention in the Rio Grande Valley.

Texas Civil Rights Project

TCRP’s program areas address some of the most pressing social justice problems in Texas u2014 protecting voting rights, advancing racial and economic justice, and reforming our broken criminal justice system. Each program is led by an experienced director who works closely with our other talented attorneys and staff. In 2017, along side you, we fought back against mean-spirited and dangerous attacks against the most vulnerable Texans while pushing forward a progressive vision to transform our state.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Founded in 1970 to represent Texas farmworkers, TRLA has grown into the nationu2019s third largest legal aid provider and the largest in Texas. TRLA provides free civil legal services to residents in 68 Southwest Texas counties, and represents migrant and seasonal farm workers throughout the state and in six other southern states. TRLA also operates public defender programs that serve at least 10 Texas counties, representing low-income and indigent people accused of felonies, misdemeanors, and juvenile crimes. TRLA serves about 23,000 clients each year. However, more than 2.6 million residents of Southwest Texas are considered eligible for TRLA services, a ratio of almost 21,000 potential clients per legal aid lawyer. As a result, thousands of low-income Texans still lack access to civil legal representation.

Team Brownsville

Humanitarian Assistance for Asylum Seekers

Together we work to help asylum seekers who find themselves in Brownsville, Texas and at the Brownsville/Matamoros international bridges.

Team Brownsville was founded in July 2018, by a small group of like minded educator volunteers. Since that time, our membership and our mission has expanded with the help of volunteers and donors from around the globe.

The Human Rights Initiative of North Texas

The monumental triumph of escaping abusive environments often demands everything from survivors. By the time they reach American soil, they may possess little more than the will to build a new life. Even the most fortunate among them may be ill-equipped to navigate the difficult legal process that awaits, let alone provide for themselves and their loved ones.
They have the will. They have the ability. But not the resources. They don’t want a handout. They need a helping hand. Without it, choices and opportunities dwindle, and we all suffer the loss of the potential each person holds.

We choose to extend the safety, liberty, and hope America has given us to those who desperately need it.

The Migrant Center for Human Rights

The Migrant Center for Human Rights is a Texas nonprofit legal service organization providing free and low-cost legal services to men and women who are detained in immigration custody. Specifically, we provide legal support and representation to asylum seekers from around the world who are being held in immigration detention in the San Antonio area. We also submit requests for release from detention (parole, bond, and habeas corpus) and advocate on access to counsel issues, such as helping reunify split families and finding ways for non-English speakers to consult with and work with an attorney (language access).

Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition

The Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition is a group of local citizens and agencies that have united to develop an efficient way to transition refugees to their destinations upon release of federal custody through a unified and coordinated effort.

As refugees approach our southern border, they are processed through the local authorities and then released to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. They are then given a court date and told to report to their sponsoru2019s city within 10 days. Because these families come through the border with only the things they can carry, they need a lot of support.

While they are in Del Rio and the surrounding area, we feel it is our responsibility as the citizens of this county to provide these refugees with access to the things they need to move on to their final destination. Through the generous support of our community, we are able to provide these families with access to phones, restrooms, showers, laundry, warm meals, and more. We also do our best to arrange transportation to the city in which their U.S. sponsor lives.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights protects and advances the rights and best interests of immigrant children according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and state and federal law.

The Young Center is a champion for the best interests of children who arrive in the United States on their own, from all corners of the world. We serve as trusted allies for these children while they are in deportation proceedings, advocating for their best interests, and standing for the creation of a dedicated children’s immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and well-being of every child.

The Young Center’s goal is to change the immigration system so that children in immigration proceedings are recognized as children, and best interests are made a part of the decision making process.

Together Rising

Together Rising transforms collective heartbreak into effective action.
In a world where crises abound and heartbreak is in every community, people who want to help often don’t know where to turn. Together Rising is where to turn.

Whether it’s pulling children out of the sea outside the refugee camps in Greece, helping abandoned kids on the streets in Indianapolis, establishing the first opioid recovery home for pregnant teens in New Hampshire, building a maternal health wing in Port-au-Prince, providing a single mother access to breast cancer treatment, or keeping a foster family’s heat on in Texas, Together Rising identifies what is breaking the hearts of our givers as they look around their world and their community, and then we connect our givers’ generosity with the people and organizations who are effectively addressing that critical need.

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