WE defend THE RIGHTS OF IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES, empower INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES, AND advocate FOR LIBERTY AND JUSTICE.
We envision a compassionate society where all people have the right to migrate and human rights are guaranteed.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. With legal services, social programs, bond assistance, and an advocacy team focused on changing the narrative around immigration in this country, RAICES is operating on the national frontlines of the fight for immigration rights.
ON THE FRONTLINES
Current immigration policy denies entry to refugees fleeing violence, detains people in abusive detention centers, and separates parents from their children. This intentionally dehumanizing policy is being carried out by the people we elected; this policy is a reflection of us, and if we do not take action, this will become who we are. The soul of America is at stake, and RAICES is at the forefront of the fight to ensure human dignity for each and every person.
The Children’s Program provided legal services to over 4,700 detained children, including thousands held in a tent city in Tornillo, TX.
We’ve established the largest Bond Fund in the nation. Since June 2018, our fund has spent just under $12 million directly to secure the release of more than 1,200 individuals from ICE detention.
Through our San Antonio Bus Station Project, RAICES staff and volunteers helped more than 9,000 adults and 12,000 children released from detention understand their legal rights.
Our Volunteer Program trained over 5,000 volunteers and pro bono lawyers to perform essential tasks such as accompanying people to ICE check-ins and preparing detained clients for credible fear interviews.