Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center

aka Las Americas   |   El Paso, TX   |  www.las-americas.org

Mission

The mission of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center is to provide high-quality legal services to immigrants and to advocate for human rights.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Ms. Linda Rivas

Deputy Director

Ms. Christina Garcia

Main address

1500 E Yandell Dr

El Paso, TX 79902 USA

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Formerly known as

Las Americas Refugee Asylum Project

EIN

74-2472774

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Victims' Services (P62)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our goal is meet the demand for accessible legal services to immigrants and refugees. We strive to increase our probono services, in the past 5 years we have gone from 15% probono services to 70% probono services.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Detained Deportation Defense

We provide legal representation to people detained in ICE detention. We represent people in bond hearing, parole before ICE and full court representation for asylum and other forms of relief.

Population(s) Served

The Crime Victims Program assists victims of domestic violence, trafficking and other serious crime to obtain legal help and adjust their immigration status under the Violence Against Women Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). Through this program, Las Americas assists crime victims obtain relief and defends them against deportation. We are also assisting victims of the Walmart mass shooting that impacted Mexican nationals and undocumented persons with the U-Visa application process.

Population(s) Served

The Non-Detained General Immigration Relief Program is dedicated to family reunification and safety by providing legal services to those seeking family petitions, adjustment of status, work permits, as well as citizenship services and DACA renewals. Additionally we serve non-detained individuals that may be facing deportation in immigration court.

Population(s) Served

Las Americas is currently assisting refugees from various countries who are forced to remain in Cd. Juarez by the US Government while they await a resolution to their court proceedings in the US. We provide legal representation for vulnerable people who are at high risk of staying in Mexico. We also represent people in their full asylum hearing before an Immigration Judge.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

International Human Rights Law 2005

Indiana University School of Law: Program in International Rights

Award for Partnership and Collaboration in Effecting Mission 2010

SC Ministry Foundation

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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Las Americas strives to provide high quality and zealous legal representation to immigrants and refugees who are facing deportation, family separation, displacement in a third country, prolonged immigration detention or have been victimized and eligible for relief. The first step for each program is to provide an initial consultation. The priority for detained individuals is to arrange a bond hearing, or parole before Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Even if the effort to obtain release is unsuccessful, Las Americas advocates for clients while in detention so that their mental and physical health needs are not ignored by the detention facility. Las Americas can focus on providing various legal services that the client and attorney deem necessary. Not every client needs the same type of services; therefore each program is dedicated to providing for the unique needs of each client. The Crime Victims Program provides legal services for undocumented victims of domestic abuse, as well as for victims of crime or human trafficking through U-Visas and T-visas. The Non-Detained General Immigration Relief Program is dedicated to family reunification by providing services such as adjustments of status, naturalization, work permits, and deferred action and focuses on the general legal services that our clients need in the areas of naturalization, Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA), family petitions, removal defense, education and outreach. Our new Remain in Mexico defense program is dedicated to asylum seekers who are now forced to stay in Mexico while they await their proceedings in the United States. A novel program by the US government that has rendered people vulnerable to dangers in Mexico such as kidnapping and rape. Las Americas helps represent people in their asylum case or helps people obtain a parole into the United States by proving that people are particular vulnerable in Mexico.

Las Americas is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide Immigrant advocacy services to a community that is in great need of these services that would usually cost more than our clients would be able to pay for. In order to maintain our availability of services to the community, Las Americas designated a team of volunteers and interns to run a development program for the organization. The development program is responsible for the major fundraisers, application to vital grants, and donations, all of which assist the three main programs Las Americas has to offer. The funds acquired are dispersed among the three programs in order to maintain our organizations availability to individuals who may need them upon short notice.

Las Americas is comprised of 7 attorney, 2 full time accredited representatives, paralegals and small admin team that keeps us operational. Those in leadership roles still assume direct legal representation in order to continue to meet the needs our community is facing.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center

Board of directors
as of 08/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Brenda Villalpando

Villalpando Law Firm, PLLC

Term: 2017 -


Board co-chair

Jorge Gomez

El Paso Community College

Term: 2016 -

Aurelia Murga

University of Texas at El Paso

Mary Mahowald

Diocese of El Paso

Jackie Satchell

US Army Reserves

Maria D'Vargas

Seltek International, Inc.

Janet Kincaid

Retired Educator

Robert Hedicke

Attorney at Law

Georgina Sanchez

Doctoral Student

Reyna Munoz

El Paso Community College

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/25/2020

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female

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