How You Can Help

Published On: June 21, 2019Views: 417

This is intended for my colleagues who have requested pro bono opportunities related to immigration law in Texas.

For folks in Austin, please join me on one of my ongoing monthly trips to the Karnes Detention Center.

I still need four volunteers for June. I have also included a list of other nonprofits in Texas that are in need of pro bono volunteers.

Thank you for all you do!

 

 

Upcoming Clinics:

Texas Here to Stay – DACA Renewal Clinic:

  • Saturday, June 29 from 9am – 12pm at the University Catholic Center, 2010 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705. They are seeking attorney and non-attorney volunteers. Contact texasheretostay@gmail.com for more information on how to sign up.

Citizenship Clinics – There are a number of citizenship clinic coming up throughout the state where organizations are looking for attorneys to assist in completing and reviewing applications:

  • Fridays June 21 and 28 at 12 pm in Dallas, TX. Host: Catholic Charities. To volunteer please contact Luis Arango Petrocchi, Program Manager, at Larango@ccdallas.org
  • Saturdays June 22 and 29 from 9 am – 3 pm in Fort Worth, TX at Proyecto Inmigrante ICS. To volunteer, please contact Alfonso.franco@proyectoinmigrante.org. More information on the event can be found here.
  • Saturday July 6 from 9 am – 3pm at St. Juan Diego Catholic Church, 10919 Royal Haven Ln., Dallas, TX 75229. Host: Proyecto Inmigrante ICS. To volunteer please contact Alfonso.franco@proyectoinmigrante.org.
  • Saturday, July 13 and Saturday, August 10 from 10 am – 12pm at Boat People SOS Office, 11360 Bellaire Blvd. Suite 910, Houston, TX 77072. For more information please email Stephanie Peña at Stephanie.pena@bpsos.org 

Ongoing Opportunities

American Gateways offers a number of volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved in the work that they do — 

  • Credible Fear Interview Preparation for Detained Women at Hutto: Attorneys volunteer to travel to the T. Don Hutto Detention Center and meet with the women detained there who are in the process of seeking asylum. Training and materials are all provided online, with a step by step video and guide for how to provide representation and preparation in these cases. Interpretation assistance is also provided by American Gateways.
  • Pro Bono representation in affirmative and defensive asylum cases. Attorneys can volunteer to represent an asylum seeker in their asylum claims before the Houston Asylum Office or before the Immigration Court. Training, support, and materials are all provided along with a mentor attorney.
  • American Gateways has other volunteer opportunities, including appellate support and outreach to the community.  For information on how to sign up to volunteer with American Gateways, please visit the webpage here.

Houston Legal Service Collaborative has a number of ongoing opportunities for attorneys to get involved, including: Know Your Rights Presentations, Citizenship clinics, Pro Bono Asylum representation with one of their member non-profits, Pro Bono representation for Unaccompanied Minors. For more information on how to get involved please visit the webpage here.

Cabrini Center at Catholic Charities Houston has ongoing opportunities for attorneys to represent and assist unaccompanied minors in custody of ORR in the greater Houston area. For more information on how to get involved, please visit the webpage here.

RAICES has volunteer opportunities at the Karnes Family Detention Center preparing and representing the families detained there in preparing for their Credible Fear Interviews, as well as a number of other opportunities. For more information on how to get involved please visit the webpage here.

The Human Rights Initiative of North Texas (in Dallas) is always looking for individuals to get involved in their work. Opportunities include pro bono representation and other non-legal work designed to aid immigrants in need in North Texas. For information on how to get involved, please visit the webpage here.

ProBar – South Texas Representation Project has a number of volunteer opportunities that are both long and short term, including:

  • Long-term attorney volunteers stay in South Texas for a period of two weeks, a month, or longer, and handle a number of cases in immigration court. Living and travel stipends may be available to qualified persons; Short-term attorney volunteers are assigned one or more asylum cases in advance and travel to South Texas to represent detained asylum seekers at their immigration court hearings; Volunteer attorneys outside of South Texas represent on appeal applicants denied asylum in the immigration courts, or assist persons applying for asylum in their own communities; and experienced immigration attorneys present training seminars and serve as attorney mentors to ProBAR volunteers. More information on all of these opportunities can be found at the webpage here.

Mosaic Family Services in Dallas, TX has ongoing volunteer opportunities at their Mosaic House, in their officies and in the community. For more information, please go to this page.

 

About the Author: Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch

I am the managing partner of Lincoln-Goldfinch Law. Upon graduating from the University of Texas for college and law school, I received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2008, completed at American Gateways. My project served the detained families seeking asylum. After my fellowship, I entered private immigration practice. My firm offers family-based immigration, such as greencards and naturalization, deportation defense, and humanitarian cases such as asylum, U Visa, and VAWA. Everyone at Lincoln-Goldfinch Law is bilingual, has a connection to our cause, and has demonstrated a history of activism for immigrants. To us, our work is not just a job. After the pandemic we began offering bankruptcy services in addition to immigration I realized how much lack of information there is in financial literacy resources in Spanish.

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