Recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Since 1987 October has been recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time where organizations across the country work to increase awareness of domestic violence and encourage individuals to join efforts to end the epidemic.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is proud to join in this recognition. Every year TRLA advocates work in conjunction with local domestic violence shelters to help victims escape their abusers, protect their families, and rebuild their lives. TRLA helps victims become survivors by aiding with legal issues including protective orders, divorce, and child custody matters. Last year, TRLA helped more than 400 victims of domestic violence with their civil legal issues.

According to the Texas Council on Family Violence, every year more than 100 Texas women lose their lives at the hands of domestic violence.

Through the month, TRLA will be raising awareness of this important issue. To follow the campaign be sure to follow TRLA on its Facebook and Twitter pages.



Taken Across the Border


Jo Ann was living a happy life. She had a great fiancé and three wonderful children. The difficult life she had led several years before seemed to be a distant memory. But not for long.

One day Jo Ann dropped off her oldest child at his father’s house for a week-long visit. But at the end of the week, the child and his father were nowhere to be found. Jo Ann was afraid. Her child’s father had family in Mexico and crossing the border would not be difficult. If that happened, she had no idea how she would find them.

Not knowing what to do, she turned to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) for help. Continue reading

Attorney Recognized as Domestic Violence Advocate of the Year


Adriana (second from right) with her family

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) attorney Adriana Rodriguez has been recognized by the City of Laredo and Webb County as their Domestic Violence Advocate of the Year.

The honor was given to her by the Webb County Domestic Violence Coalition, a group of local law enforcement agencies and community partners that work together to combat domestic violence. Continue reading

Celebrating 40 Years of the Legal Services Corporation


Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)’s federal funders, the Legal Services Corporation, recently kicked off their 40th anniversary celebration by bringing together leaders from across the legal profession, private sector, and government in a three-day event to work toward fulfilling America’s promise of equal justice under the law. If you weren’t able to attend the event, we’ve compiled some of the best tweets to help you check out what you missed.

Check out the entire storify by clicking here.

Success Story: Rebuilding Her Life


Yesica knew she was in a bad relationship. Her boyfriend had isolated her from nearly everyone she cared about and often threatened her, her family, and her friends. The violence was escalating and, one night, he sexually assaulted her. It was then that she knew she had to leave for good.

During their last violent encounter, as she tried to escape her boyfriend’s drunken rage, the police were called. Her boyfriend was arrested and Yesica and her daughter were taken to a local shelter. The following week, Yesica obtained a lifetime protective order from the County Attorney’s office. Continue reading

Announcing the Pro Bono Immigration Referral Network


test2The sudden influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America has created a need for dedicated volunteers who can help with their immigration cases, including actions filed in state court. In response to inquiries from private attorneys looking for information on how they can help, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) has developed a Pro Bono Immigration Referral Network to connect attorneys with volunteer opportunities.

TRLA primarily assists with T (Trafficking) and U (Victims of Crimes) Visas and we are always looking for resources for those cases. If your practice involves other forms of relief, please consider signing up and we will forward your information to the appropriate immigration legal services provider. Continue reading

Attorneys Recognized for Pro Bono Commitment to Victims of Violence


TRLA’s Stella Hernandez (right) and Danielle Gonzalez present awards to this year’s honorees.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) has honored twelve Texas attorneys for their commitment to providing free legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The attorneys were  recognized at TRLA’s 14th Annual Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Cross-Training Conference in San Antonio, The three-day conference brings together legal aid attorneys and staff from Texas domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers to collaborate on best practices to help victims of violence. The attorneys received their awards at the conference’s closing luncheon on August 7th. Continue reading