American Gateways

Immigration Legal Services - Education - Advocacy

Austin, TX   |  www.americangateways.org

Mission

To champion the dignity and human rights of immigrants, refugees and survivors of persecution, torture, conflict and human trafficking through exceptional immigration legal services at no or low cost, education and advocacy.

Ruling year info

1990

Co-Executive Director

Edna Yang

Co-Executive Director

Rebecca Lightsey

Main address

314 East Highland Mall Boulevard Suite 501

Austin, TX 78752 USA

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Formerly known as

PAPA, the Political Asylum Project of Austin

EIN

74-2578266

NTEE code info

Legal Services (I80)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

International Migration, Refugee Issues (Q71)

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Our programs

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Asylum and Detention Assistance Program

American Gateways represents immigrants from around the world who are seeking asylum in the US - many who are unnecessarily detained. In many cases these immigrants have fled from their home countries out of fear of persecution, torture, and abuse. Leaving everything behind, many cannot afford a private attorney and as a consequence the likelihood of deportation and separation from their families is high. In preparing their claims, we assist individuals in proving a “well-founded fear of persecution” should they return to their country of origin. We offer representation to asylum seekers and other immigrants who are detained by the Department of Homeland Security while their cases are processed and or who are facing deportation. This project also visits detention centers to provide self-help Know-Your- Rights & Responsibilities presentations to detainees so that they may better represent themselves when staff or pro bono attorneys are unavailable.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Immigrants and migrants
Detainees
Victims and oppressed people
Ethnic and racial groups

American Gateways offers legal counsel to immigrants and their children who are survivors of abuse, and assist in self-petitioning for residency under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Many abusive spouses and parents use the threat of deportation to discourage their immigrant family members from reporting the abuse to law enforcement. Threatening to withdraw support of an immigrant's legal status is a frequently used method to keep an immigrant trapped in the cycle of abuse.

We also promote and use the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA ) to protect immigrant victims of crime and human trafficking through USCIS's “T” and “U” Visa legal provisions. Both visas provide legal immigration status—including work authorization—to survivors and certain family members, most of whom will be able to adjust to Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status after three years.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Victims and oppressed people

American Gateways provides legal counsel to low-income immigrants who are filing for family-based visa petitions, applications for adjustment of status and US citizenship. We also assist DREAMers with DACA applications.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people

American Gateways also conducts outreach, education and training to immigrants, the public, governmental agencies, other non-profits and community groups, private attorneys and law enforcement on immigration legal issues, and how to be an ally to the immigrant community. We believe that knowledge is power.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people

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American Gateways

Board of directors
as of 1/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Leah Buratti

Leah Buratti

John Donisi

Valerie Barker

Meera de Mel

Joseph Dubin

Arlene Lyons

Montserrat Garibay

Carrie Maher

Anne Drane

Laurie Marchant

Juany Torres

Josh Caballero

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European

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