Giving Tuesday

On Giving Tuesday, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid wants to give thanks to all of the volunteers, donors, and supporters that fight for access to justice everyday. It is because of you that we are able to help an estimated 22,000 low-income Texans with their civil legal needs every year.

If you are looking for opportunities to get more involved, please consider using this #GivingTuesday to become a pro bono volunteer with us or make a donation. Every bit of help makes a difference.

       

Success Story: Getting an Education

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Cynthia’s daughter was having trouble at school. The young girl had cerebral palsy, a condition that meant that she needed special attention from school officials, but Cynthia was having problems with the school’s special education department. They weren’t supervising her daughter properly and the child was often coming home with feces on her or injured from falls.

One day, Cynthia’s daughter told her a terrible story. After she was unable to copy the notes on the board, her teacher walked over to her, called her a “stubborn little girl,” and hit her on the head. Cynthia was upset and immediately called the school principal who told her that a staff meeting would be held and he would follow up later. He never called. So Cynthia filed charges against the teacher with the local police department. Meanwhile, Cynthia’s daughter refused to return to school because she was afraid. Convinced that her child’s rights were being violated, Cynthia turned to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) for help. Continue reading Success Story: Getting an Education

Pro Bono Superstar: Eduardo V. Rodriguez

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For more than four years, Eduardo V. Rodriguez has served as a pro bono volunteer with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)’s Hidalgo County Community Justice Program (CJP).

According to Eduardo, the drive to be a pro bono volunteer is a natural aspect of his profession, “It is my belief that, as attorneys, we are charged with a moral obligation to do good in the community and to assist the less fortunate. Volunteering to represent the indigent population with legal matters is always a priority for me.” Continue reading Pro Bono Superstar: Eduardo V. Rodriguez

Celebrate Pro Bono!

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is proud to join the American Bar Association in the 5th annual National Pro Bono Celebration — Celebrate Pro Bono Week!

Aimed at focusing attention on the increased need for pro bono services and celebrating the outstanding work of pro bono volunteers, the National Pro Bono Celebration is recognized across the country by legal aid organizations, pro bono projects, and the private bar. Throughout the week organizations hope to increase participation in volunteer opportunities and expand access to justice for low-income individuals. Continue reading Celebrate Pro Bono!

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

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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 Taken Across the Border