Success Story: Tying Up Loose Ends

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Arnulfo had been living in his sister’s home when she passed away. In her will, she left him the home. But several years after her death, Arnulfo had not gotten the will probated and the title of the home had not been put into his name. Time was running out and if he didn’t take care of matters soon, the home would automatically go to his sister’s son.

Not knowing how to handle this and afraid he might be left with nowhere to go, Arnulfo turned to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) for help.

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Sanchez Selected as Inaugural Healthcare Fellow

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Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) Deputy Director Rodolfo Sanchez has been selected to be an inaugural fellow in a program developed by the Public Welfare Foundation, the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (NCMLP), and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA). The program aims to build healthcare expertise among legal aid advocates. Continue reading

Success Story: A Lost Childhood

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When Sandra was 9 years old, her mother sold her to a stranger who smuggled her into the United States. For several years Sandra was moved between different homes throughout Texas and forced to work as a servant. Many days she would go without food or suffer physical abuse. She was never paid for her work and never attended school. Eventually Sandra was placed with an elderly woman who needed constant care. The woman’s daughter recognized that Sandra’s situation wasn’t right and she needed help. Though Sandra isn’t sure what happened, the woman’s daughter assured her that she would never be forced to work again. She was 15 years old when the family saved her from that life. Continue reading

Success Story: Taken Advantage Of

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After battles with alcohol and drugs, Robert, a veteran, had found himself living on the streets. He knew he needed help so he checked himself into the local VA hospital for treatment where he stayed for more than a year.

During that time Robert was unable to take care of his elderly father and asked his cousin to step in. Robert’s father gave the cousin power of attorney to make the decisions necessary for his care. Continue reading

Holidays of Service

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Texas RioGrande Legal Aid was proud to welcome a group of students from the University of Texas School of Law to the Rio Grande Valley in early January. The students were participating in the fifth annual Pro Bono in January trip to help low-income Texans with their legal needs. Continue reading

2013: A Year in Review

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Think you missed out on anything in 2013? Take the opportunity to catch up on some of the biggest stories coming out of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid this year. We’ve compiled some of them in our annual storify Year in Review. Click on the photo for more: