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RAICES

Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

 

Locations

Locations/Localidades



AustinAustin
Corpus ChristiCorpus Christi
DallasDallas
Fort WorthFort Worth
HoustonHouston
San AntonioSan Antonio

Main

512-994-2199 :: 2800 IH-35 South, Suite 215 :: Austin, TX 78704
Alexandra Minnaar, Managing Attorney

Walk-In Appointments
Wednesdays, arrive by 8 AM
*Fee may be waived depending on income eligibility and capacity on Wednesdays only

Services
Unaccompanied Children :: Low-Cost Legal Services :: DACA

Caritas Building

512-994-2199 :: 611 Neches, Street :: Austin, TX 78701
Alexandra Minnaar, Managing Attorney

Walk-In Appointments
Tuesdays, arrive by 8 AM

Services
Unaccompanied Children :: Low-Cost Legal Services ::DACA


Office Location

361-693-5838 :: 403 Waco St. :: Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Diana Tafur, Supervising Attorney

Walk-In Appointments
Mondays 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Services
Unaccompanied Children :: Low-Cost Legal Services :: DACA


Office Location

214-295-9554 :: 1910 Pacific Ave, Suite 5045 :: Dallas, TX 75201
Felix Villalobos, Managing Attorney

Walk-In Appointments
M-TH, arrive by 8AM

Services
Removal Defense :: Unaccompanied Children :: Low-Cost Legal Services/DACA


Office Location

817-717-9377 :: 4200 South Freeway, Suite 702 :: Fort Worth, TX 76115
Jennifer de Haro, Managing Attorney

Walk-In Appointments
M-TH, arrive by 8AM

Services
Removal Defense :: Unaccompanied Children :: Low-Cost Legal Services :: DACA

Office Contacts

Tatiana Obando, Managing Attorney

Miriam Camero, Case Manager

Removal Defense :: Unaccompanied Children :: Low-Cost Legal Services :: Case Management


Central

210-222-0964 :: 1305 N. Flores Street :: San Antonio, TX 78212
Hannah Zimmerman, Managing Attorney

Walk-In Appointments
M-F, 8 AM – 5 PM

Services
Removal Defense :: Unaccompanied Children :: Low-Cost Legal Services :: DACA

North

210-226-7722 :: 5121 Crestway Drive, #105 :: San Antonio, TX 78239
Mayra Jimenez, Children’s Program Director

No Walk-In Appointments at this location

Services
Unaccompanied Children :: Low-Cost Legal Services :: DACA

RAICES Community Education Center

802 Kentucky Ave :: San Antonio, TX 78201
Jenny Hixon, Director of Education and Outreach

No Walk-In Appointments at this location

Services
Refugee Resettlement :: Community Education :: Volunteers

 

#EndFamilySeparation

Parents separated from their children at the border (and other immigrants placed in detention) can’t get released from ICE custody to reunite with their families until they pay the full amount of their immigration bond. Bonds are set at a MINIMUM of $1500, and are usually in the range of $5-10K, even for asylum seekers without any criminal history.

Unlike in the criminal system, bail bond companies either do not help people in immigration proceedings or impose very strict requirements, like private ankle monitors (which families have to pay to “rent”).

Donate to our fund to directly support legal services for detained separated parents and the direct funding for bonds to get parents released!

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services

Services at RAICES



Community Immigration Services
Alexandra Minnaar, Director

Residency & Citizenship Services

If you are looking for assistance with your residency or citizenship application please come to one of our offices, during our walk-in hours, where for a low-cost, $45 consultation, a lawyer can meet with you. During your consultation, you will meet with one of our attorneys and see if you are eligible for our services.

Asylum Seekers

RAICES provides legal services to asylum-seekers that may be eligible to obtain relief under several humanitarian bases. The primary claim for asylum could be on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Individuals who have been persecuted or who have a credible fear of persecution and who are unable or unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of their country of origin can apply for asylum protection from the U.S. government.

Adult Victims of Crime

RAICES assists the immigrant victims of crime by representing their immigration legal rights and assisting with protection orders. Since many immigrant victims of crime do not report their abusers to the police due to fear of affecting their immigration status, we typically identify victims of domestic violence only after they seek help with immigration legal issues.

Removal Defense

RAICES serves community members in all of our Texas regions in defending themselves against deportation in Immigration Court. Our attorneys represent people in detention who are seeking release through bond, and we handle a full range of defenses both for people in detention and those who are fighting their court cases following release. To request help in defending a case in Immigration Court, you or your family can call the RAICES office nearest to you, or if your home is in San Antonio, please call our Immigration Detention Hotline at (800) 409-2893.

DACA

Each RAICES office handles DACA renewals, and our attorneys advise DACA recipients on all aspects of their immigration cases. Our offices also serve TPS recipients, refugees, and people with a variety of other statuses in their legal cases.

Children's Program
Mayra Jimenez, Director
RAICES’ largest program provides free legal information, referrals and direct representation for unaccompanied children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Given our proximity to the U.S. Mexico border, our Children’s Program provides services to thousands of children each year.
Family Detention and Reunification
Manoj Govindaiah, Director
The Karnes Pro Bono Project was launched in 2014 by a group of attorneys committed to serving the legal needs of women and children in family detention. The project has since come under the direction of RAICES, providing free legal services to detainees in the Karnes Detention Center. The detained women and children are forced to pass a credible or reasonable fear interview before they can be released to pursue asylum. The failure to meet requirements for asylum can lead to deportation, which can mean a return to danger and even death.

RAICES helps women prepare for their interviews with asylum officers and their applications for asylum, and represents them in immigration court. Since January of 2017, RAICES staff and pro-bonos provided representation to 90% of women at the Karnes Family Detention Center.

Through our newly launched Family Reunification Program RAICES is working with the Texas Civil Rights Project to identify the families being separated at the border. TCRP has been tracking prosecutions of people at the McAllen, TX court and then sharing individuals identified as separated from their children. Since June 1, 2018, we have received the names of 184 people separated from their children at the McAllen court alone. Separately from this work, RAICES has also been identifying the parents of children we see in our children’s program who have been separated from their parents since January 2017. We currently have close to 200 families on that list, but the vast majority have been separated from their parents more recently. We expect these numbers to climb rapidly.

Education and Outreach
Jenny Hixon, Director
Community Education Workshops

Does your organization want to learn more about immigration? Would you like to get trained on Knowing Your Rights? Contact us today to request a free workshop for your community.
Available throughout Texas.

Immigration Accompaniment

Accompaniment is a method through which allied individuals, organizations, and congregations provide solidarity to individuals facing deportation or contact with immigration officials for which they would like support. The process supported by RAICES and local sanctuary networks staff, the congregation and family build mutual, long-term relationships to stop the deportation, serve as a witness in spaces of injustice, and collectively grow as community leaders in the fight for immigrant rights. Volunteers are trained to provide accompaniment to ICE Check-Ins, Court Dates, to pay bonds, and future trainings are planned for checkpoint accompaniment.
Request Accompaniment Here

Refugee Resettlement

RAICES is a newly designated refugee resettlement agency, welcoming and supporting refugees and their families from all over the world as they make their home in San Antonio. Under the guidance of Einas Albadri, the RAICES Refugee Resettlement program has welcomed over 300 individuals to San Antonio during our first year of operation. RAICES administers short-term Refugee Cash Assistance and Match Grant benefits that are available for eligible individuals that include Refugees, Asylees, Certified Victims of severe forms of trafficking, Cuban and Haitian entrants, Certain Amerasians, and Special Immigrant Visa holders from Iraq & Afghanistan. Requirements and enrollment deadlines apply. We are always looking for community members interested in providing welcome and assistance to families as they adjust to new homes, new lives, new schools, and jobs in our community.

Volunteers

Without the generous support of volunteers in our communities and who travel to Texas to volunteer, none of work would be possible! Join a team of over 300 active volunteers who work with our clients providing direct support as part of the Karnes Pro-Bono Project or by assisting with community legal clinic. If you want to get involved, we have a place for you!

Community Outreach

Do you want a Know Your Rights presentation? Would you like a speaker for your class? Does your congregation want to learn more about Sanctuary? We are here to work with you! Follow the links to request a presentation or learn more about upcoming events!