Success Story: Getting an Education


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

Pro Bono Superstar: Eduardo V. Rodriguez


Eduardo V. Rodriguez
Malaise Law Firm

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

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

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.

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