2015 REFERRAL DIRECTORY Legal Services and Other Resources for Low-Income Texans

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1 2015 REFERRAL DIRECTORY Legal Services and Other Resources for Low-Income Texans Published by the LEGAL ACCESS DIVISION OF THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS P.O. Box Austin, Texas or , Ext Fax:

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3 Table of Contents Statewide Resources Civil Legal, Government and Related Agency Resources...1 Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Information...1 Children/Minors...1 Civil Rights/Discrimination...1 Consumer...2 Disability...2 Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault/Crime Victims...2 Elder Law...3 Employment...3 Grievances Against Lawyers, Judges or Medical Professionals...4 Health...4 Housing...4 Immigration...4 Insurance...5 Non-Profit/Transactional...5 Public Benefits...5 Public Utilities...5 Veterans...5 Other...6 Civil Resources Legal Resources Related to Civil Matters (by county)...7 Criminal Resources - Legal and Other Resources Relating to Criminal Matters Capital Criminal Matters (Involving the Death Penalty) Grievances Jail Grievances Prison Grievances Information for Relatives of Inmates Innocence Claims Legal Resources for Inmates in Prison Legal Resources for Mexican Nationals Non-Capital Criminal Matters (Misdemeanors or Felonies) Public Defender County Federal Public Defender (Texas 5th Circuit Federal Court) Juvenile Public Defender Specialty Public Defender Statewide Legal Resources Relating to Criminal Matters Other Resources Lawyer Referral Services (Full Fee and Reduced Fee) Introduction To Pro Se (Self-Help) Resources...170

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5 Statewide Civil Legal, Government and Related Agency Resources ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE TREATMENT INFORMATION Mental Health And Substance Abuse Services, Texas Dept. Of State Health Services (Main Office) Provides information on mental health and substance abuse programs and services, mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention and intervention information. Substance Abuse hotline: and Mental Health hotline: CHILDREN/MINORS Abuse & Neglect, Texas Department Of Family And Protective Services (TDFPS) (Main Office) Hotline to report abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and the elderly or adults with disabilities Jane s Due Process, Inc (Main Office) Ensures legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas Legal Line Access, Visitation & Custody Telephone Hotline (Main Office) Legal information, guidance, referrals and education for parents and interested parties addressing access, visitation and custody; paternity establishment; the child support order process; Hotline is answered Monday through Friday 1-7 pm Office Of Attorney General Child Support General Information Line (Main Office) https://www.oag.state.tx.us/cs/index.shtml Provides information 24 hours a day for child support establishment and enforcement services provided by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG); assists in establishing paternity; handles reporting for newly hired or retired employee statutes; offers parents automated information on payment and case status, dates, and more Office Of Consumer Affairs, Texas Department Of Family And Protective Services (Main Office) Handles case-specific complaints relating to adult protective services, child protective services, child care licensing, licensing in general and complaints regarding the Department of Family and Protective Services hotline Texas Foster Youth Justice Project (Main Office) Provides free and confidential legal assistance to current foster youth and those who have aged out of foster care Texas Legal Services Center Texas Kincare Taskforce (Main Office) Provides referrals and information to grandparents, aunts, uncles and older siblings who are raising minor children (with neither parent being at home) to appropriate sources of on-going assistance; produces the Texas Kincare Primer available for download at CIVIL RIGHTS/DISCRIMINATION American Civil Liberties Union Of Texas (ACLU) (Main Office) Works in courts, legislatures and in the community to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States 1

6 Civil Rights Division, Texas Workforce Commission (Main Office) Investigates and resolves complaints of employment and housing discrimination; may file civil suits in state courts Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Main Office) Responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40+), disability or genetic information. Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF) (Main Office) Promotes change in the areas of education, employment, immigration rights and political access Texas Civil Rights Project (Main Office) Advocates for racial, social, and economic equality in Texas through education and litigation programs, bringing lawsuits related to prison conditions; provides VAWA for immigrant victims of domestic violence and U-visa legal representation CONSUMER Consumer Credit Counseling Service (Main Office) Provides financial counseling, comprehensive community education, professional debt management plans and responsive customer service Consumer Helpline, Office Of The Consumer Credit Commissioner (Main Office) Regulates the credit industry and educate consumers and creditors, thereby producing a fair, lawful, and healthy credit environment for social and economic prosperity in Texas Office Of Attorney General Consumer Protection Division (Main Office) Investigates violations of state consumer protection laws and may file civil suits in the state courts; takes consumer complaints for deceptive trade practices Texas Department Of Transportation (Main Office) Provides assistance to applicants, contractors, consumers, and citizens affected by TxDOT agency action; assistance provided includes contractor discrimination complaints, investigation and complaint resolution services and mediation DISABILITY Relay Texas (Main Office) Provides telephone interpreting service between individuals who can hear and those who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or speech-disabled Southern Disability Law Center (Main Office) Provides free individual and systemic legal representation to persons with disabilities who have been denied Medicaid services DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/SEXUAL ASSAULT/ CRIME VICTIMS See: shelters.html for a city-by-city list of domestic violence shelters and crisis numbers Crime Victims Compensation Program, Office Of The Attorney General Of Texas (Main Office) Ensures that victims of violent crime are provided financial assistance for crime-related expenses that cannot be reimbursed by insurance or other sources Love Is Respect National Dating Abuse Helpline (Main Office) Offers one-on-one support from trained Peer Advocates who supply information and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships, concerned parents, teachers, clergy, law enforcement, and service providers 2

7 National Domestic Violence Hotline (Main Office) Advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, U.S. territories and Canada Sexual Assault Legal Services And Assistance (SALSA) (Main Office) Provides free and confidential legal assistance to any survivor in Texas; 8am-5pm, M-F Texas Advocacy Project (Main Office) Provides free legal services statewide to victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Family Violence Legal Hotline: HOPE (4673) Family Law Hotline: FAIR (3247) Sexual Assault Legal Hotline: SAFE (7233) Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (Main Office) Assists victims of sexual assault with resources and support services Texas Council on Family Violence (Main Office) Assists and supports Texas domestic violence shelters, battering intervention and prevention programs and other family violence service providers; maintains extensive domestic violence-related resources; provides state-wide training to prosecutors, law enforcement, and the judiciary; conducts in-depth work in research and policy areas Victim Services Division, Texas Department Of Criminal Justice (Main Office) Provides direct, personal services to victims and their families throughout Texas; assures victims that they can be involved in all parts of the criminal justice system if desired; updates victims with the status of the offender ELDER LAW Abuse & Neglect, Texas Department Of Family And Protective Services (TDFPS) (Main Office) Hotline to report abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and the elderly or adults with disabilities Legal Line Legal Hotline For Texans (Main Office) Provides free legal advice, self-help publications, and referrals to Texans over the age of 60 and Texans who receive Medicare Texas Advocates For Nursing Home Residents (TANHR) (Main Office) Advocates improvement in the quality of life and care of Texas nursing home residents Texas Department On Aging And Disability Services (DADS) (Main Office) Routes number to local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) office; provides services for people who are aging and who have cognitive and physical disabilities, chronic illness and disease; works in partnership with consumers, caregivers and service providers EMPLOYMENT South Central Pension Rights Project (SCPRP) (Main Office) Provides pension counseling and information services free of charge to Texans of any age or income including obtaining plan documents and pension records, administrative claims and appeals, finding lost pensions, and answering basic questions about pension plans, laws, and regulations 3

8 Texas Workforce Commission, Employee s Hotline (Main Office) Provides employment-related assistance including discrimination in employment, education, job search and unemployment insurance; services include general information, individual advocacy and ombudsman services Workers Compensation Division, Texas Department Of Insurance (Main Office) Assists injured employees who are covered by workers compensation; provides safety and health services to Texas employers GRIEVANCES AGAINST LAWYERS, JUDGES OR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS Attorney Grievance Information/Client Attorney Assistance Program (CAAP) (Main Office) Assists the public and attorneys in resolving disputes with Texas attorneys; facilitate and improve communications between clients and attorneys Health Professions Council s Complaint Referral System (Main Office) Receives complaints about any health care professional and routes them to the appropriate licensing board State Commission On Judicial Conduct (Main Office) Investigates allegations of judicial misconduct or judicial disability and disciplines judges To Report Barratry (Main Office) Report possible unlawful solicitation by an attorney HEALTH Legal Line Health Law Program (Main Office) Provides free legal services to Texans with modest incomes that have questions regarding health care issues, including but not limited to Medicare and Medicaid matters, FMLA, continuation of health care after end of employment, denial of treatment and end of life planning and directives HOUSING Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs (Main Office) Provides referrals for rental assistance, low-interest housing loans, weatherization, utility assistance and home repair. The Manufactured Housing Division regulates manufactured homes, ensures they are safe and correctly installed and that consumers receive fair and effective remedies; regional offices include: Austin Dallas/Ft. Worth Edinburg Houston Lubbock San Antonio Tyler Waco Texas Low-Income Housing Information Service (Main Office) Provides online information on public housing, tenants rights and colonias; housing counselor helps locate affordable housing in Texas Texas Tenants Union (Main Office) Offers information and assistance to tenants with rental housing problems; free weekly tenants rights workshops held every Wednesday night at 7:30pm at 4228 Main Street, Dallas, 75226; individualized counseling provided IMMIGRATION For VAWA cases, see the Civil Resources tab (countyby-county listings) for LSC-funded programs and other programs which are able to accept VAWA petition cases for battered spouses; some of the non-lsc programs may charge a nominal fee or request donations GANO/CARECEN Central American Refugee Center (Main Office) Provides immigration services and handles court cases; adjustment of status, naturalization, family petitions, temporary protected status; does not handle business or employment related matters U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (USCIS) (Main Office) Federal agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States 4

9 INSURANCE CHIP (Children s Health Insurance Program) (Main Office) Offers low cost or free health insurance coverage from the Children s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Children s Medicaid; both programs cover office visits, prescription drugs, dental care, eye exams, glasses and much more Texas Department Of Insurance (Main Office) Regulates the state s insurance industry NON-PROFIT/TRANSACTIONAL Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources (Texas C-BAR) (Main Office) Provides pro bono legal referral program and other legal services to non-profit organizations with a mission to assist low-income communities in the state of Texas; provides legal assistance to micro entrepreneurs and small businesses Texas Accountants And Lawyers For The Arts (Main Office) Provides legal and accounting services to arts, nonprofits and artists from all creative disciplines, including visual artists, musicians, actors, dancers, film makers and writers meeting income requirements and $50.00 per year individual membership PUBLIC BENEFITS Texas Information & Referral Network (Main Office) Identifies free information on health and human services including food, shelter, rent assistance, utility bill assistance, counseling, child care, after-school programs, senior services, disaster relief and other programs in your area; fees may vary; callers can dial from anywhere in the state to reach an information or referral specialist Social Security Administration (Main Office) Provides services for persons seeking retirement, Medicare, disability or spousal benefits Texas Department Of State Health Services General Inquiry Hotline (Main Office) General inquiry hotline for programs run by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS); for state referrals dial Texas Health And Human Services Commission (Main Office) Oversees the operations of the health and human services system; provides administrative oversight of Texas health and human services programs and provides direct administration of some programs, including Medicaid, food stamps and disaster relief; call for intake or toll-free at PUBLIC UTILITIES Public Utility Commission (PUC) (Main Office) puc.texas.gov Provides assistance in filing complaints against public utility companies (telephone and electricity), do not call telemarketer lists, and low income energy assistance programs VETERANS HEROES For Children In Military Families (Main Office) https://www.oag.state.tx.us/cs/ofi Provides service members, veterans and their dependents with enhanced, personalized assistance in addressing paternity establishment, child support and parenting time matters; (HEROS = Help Establishing Responsive Orders Ensuring Support For Children In Military Families) Stateside Legal Website for military members, veterans, and their families to help access benefits, find free legal help and better understand legal issues Texas Lawyers For Texas Veterans (Main Office) Website includes resources for veterans on legal clinics and other related issues 5

10 Texas Veterans Commission (Main Office) Offers disability claims representation and counseling assistance, employment services and education benefits for Texas veterans and funding for the veteran s assistance program The People s Lawyer (Main Office) Website containing a variety of information for the public on legal topics such as consumer, tenants rights, small claims courts and other issues; also see for consumer complaints Veterans Legal Assistance Project (Main Office) Provides legal assistance (advice and brief services) in civil legal matters, including family law, employment, housing, consumer, bankruptcy, probate and VA benefits to low-income Texas veterans, their spouses, dependents and survivors OTHER CitizenshipWorks Website answers questions about eligibility for citizenship through naturalization; explains the naturalization process and offers preparation for the naturalization tests Disaster Legal Aid (Main Office) Website provides accurate and timely information on legal issues related to disasters to the low and moderate income public Texas Secretary Of State (Main Office) Provides information regarding corporations, limited liability companies, trademarks, voting rights and telephone solicitations; includes pre-recorded information, self-help materials and copies of filed documents; for voting information and election information, contact the Elections Division at TexasLawHelp.Org Website provides free, reliable civil legal information to low-income Texans; a LiveChat operator is available M-F, 9am-5pm, to help you navigate the website 6

11 LEGAL AID PROGRAMS Introduction to Civil Legal Aid The federal government, through the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), funds three legal services programs that serve every county in Texas:, Lone Star Legal Aid and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. The three LSC funded programs provide a wide range of civil legal services. Nearly 40% of the cases handled are family law cases. Most other cases are in the areas of housing, consumer law, employment, public benefits, or issues affecting the elderly. Due to federal restrictions, these LSC funded programs cannot handle criminal cases or immigration cases, except for representation of immigrants who have been victims of violent crime. Funding for legal services programs is extremely limited. Legal aid programs must turn away many with serious legal needs due to limited resources. LSC funded programs, and most other programs included in this directory, must refuse service to any applicant whose income is above specific federal poverty guidelines. 7

12 In most situations, the family income must fall below 125% of the federal poverty income guidelines. But in some situations, the family income can be up to 200% of the poverty guidelines. So even if your household exceeds the 125% guidelines, you should still apply Poverty Guidelines FAMILY SIZE 125% 187.5% 200% 1 $14,713 $22,069 $23,540 2 $19,913 $29,869 $31,860 3 $25,113 $37,669 $40,180 4 $30,313 $45,469 $48,500 5 $35,513 $53,269 $56,820 6 $40,713 $61,069 $65,140 7 $45,913 $68,869 $73,460 8 $51,113 $76,669 $81,780 For each additional member of the household in excess of 8, add: $ 5,200 $ 7,800 $ 8,320 Calculations based on data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Federal Register (See https://www.federalregister.gov/) The programs listed include LSC-funded legal services programs, followed by programs that either serve a specific client group (such as people with disabilities, children or older individuals) or limit service to a specific type of legal issue (such as civil rights, consumer, housing, or immigration). These programs may have income restrictions that differ from LSC-funded programs. LSC-funded programs are listed first under each county because they provide the most extensive civil legal service. 8

13 ANDERSON County Seat Palestine Lone Star Legal Aid (Nacogdoches) (Main Office) matters to eligible, low-income Texans; for family law cases call Monday 8:30am-12:30pm; for other civil matters call Tuesday through Friday 8:30am-12:30pm Catholic Charities Diocese Of Tyler (Main Office) Provides immigration services such as VAWA, U Visas, DACA applications and renewals, and family-based petitions; by appointment only Crisis Center of Anderson & Cherokee Counties (Palestine) (Main Office) Offers specialized services, including emergency crisis counseling to victims of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse; assists with the process of obtaining protective orders; provides a safe house (Houston) ; provides ANDREWS ANDREWS County Seat Andrews (Odessa) (Lubbock) Paso Del Norte Civil Rights Project (Main Office) Provides representation for victims of civil rights abuses either by government agencies or corporations in state and federal courts and victims of domestic violence and other crimes before Citizenship and Immigration Services and Immigration Courts through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program; offers Economic Justice Program focusing on recovering wages for workers whose employers don t pay them or violate their rights in other ways 9

14 ANDREWS Safe Place Of The Permian Basin (Main Office) legal assistance; for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault Texas Civil Rights Project Odessa (Main Office) Advocates for racial, social, and economic equality in Texas through education and litigation programs, bringing lawsuits related to prison conditions; provides VAWA for immigrant victims of domestic violence and U-visa legal representation ANGELINA County Seat Lufkin Lone Star Legal Aid (Nacogdoches) (Main Office) matters to eligible, low-income Texans; for family law cases call Monday 8:30am-12:30pm; for other civil matters call Tuesday through Friday 8:30am-12:30pm Catholic Charities Diocese Of Tyler (Main Office) Provides immigration services such as VAWA, U Visas, DACA applications and renewals, and family-based petitions; by appointment only (Houston) Family Crisis Center Of East Texas (Women s Shelter Of East Texas, Inc.) (Lufkin) (Main Office) Provides legal advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, particularly with obtaining legal assistance; provides emergency shelter ARANSAS County Seat Rockport Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc or (Sinton) (Main Office) Provides free legal services to low-income residents; represents migrant and seasonal farm workers; operates public defender programs in several Southwest Texas counties; call Monday through Thursday 8am-8pm; Friday 8am-6pm Catholic Charities Of Corpus Christi Immigration (Main Office) Provides legal assistance on immigration matters such as adjustments, family petitions, naturalization, U Visas and T Visas and VAWA petitions (San Antonio) Refugee And Immigrant Center For Education (RAICES) (Main Office) Provides immigration-related legal services for asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, immigration detainees, and victims of domestic violence, crime and human trafficking 10

15 Women s Shelter Of South Texas (Main Office) Provides legal advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, particularly with obtaining legal assistance YMCA International Services (Main Office) Handles immigration matters only; assists asylum applicants; provides immigration education and referrals for victims of persecution or fear of persecution, trafficking victims, victims of crime and VAWA petitions; provides immigrant court representation and representation for naturalization and family based immigration ARCHER County Seat Archer City (Wichita Falls) (Dallas) ARMSTRONG First Step, Inc (Main Office) Provides comprehensive services to victims of family violence and sexual assault, including legal advocacy, particularly with obtaining protective orders and referrals to legal assistance; offers emergency shelter to both male and female ARMSTRONG County Seat Claude (Amarillo) ; provides 11

16 ARMSTRONG Family Support Services Of Amarillo (Amarillo) (Main Office) protective orders and referrals to obtain free and sliding scale legal assistance, for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; 24/7 Hotline and Spanish ; Veteran Resource Center offers services for Veterans, family members and surviving spouses ATASCOSA County Seat Jourdanton Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc (San Antonio) (Main Office) Provides free legal services to low-income residents; represents migrant and seasonal farm workers; operates public defender programs in several Southwest Texas counties; call Monday through Thursday 8am-8pm; Friday 8am-6pm Alamo Area Resource Center (San Antonio) (Main Office) Offers referrals to persons with HIV/AIDS seeking general civil legal services including advocacy, wills, guardianships, directives and powers of attorney Atascosa Family Crisis Center (Pleasanton) (Main Office) legal assistance, for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking; provides a 24-hour hotline Catholic Charities Archdiocese Of San Antonio Guardianship Services Program (Main Office) Provides legal guardianship protection, including less restrictive alternatives such as financial, medical and living wills for those who lack mental capacity due to age, illness, or disability and who are at risk of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation; offers powers of attorney for those with sound mental capacity Catholic Charities Archdiocese Of San Antonio Immigration Services (Main Office) Offers family-based immigration services for low-income residents with an emphasis on crime, domestic violence, and human trafficking victims Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc (Main Office) Provides free legal assistance to income-eligible victims of domestic violence; offers emergency shelter and community-based intervention and prevention services Refugee And Immigrant Center For Education (RAICES) (Main Office) Provides immigration-related legal services for asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, immigration detainees, and victims of domestic violence, crime and human trafficking St. Mary s University School Of Law, Center For Legal And Social Justice (Main Office) Offers limited legal assistance through the law school s three clinics: Civil Justice Clinic, Criminal Justice Clinic, and Immigration and Human Rights Clinic; cannot handle cases requiring immediate attention AUSTIN County Seat Bellville Lone Star Legal Aid (Bryan) (Main Office) matters to eligible, low-income Texans; for family law cases call Monday 8:30am-12:30pm; for other civil matters call Tuesday through Friday 8:30am-12:30pm 12

17 Cabrini Center For Immigrant Legal Assistance (Main Office) Handles a wide range of immigration matters including, but not limited to, family-based visa petitions, citizenship applications, asylum proceedings, adjustment of status for refugees, asylees and Cubans, legal assistance to immigrant crime victims (VAWA and U & T Visas) and representation of unaccompanied minors (Austin) YMCA International Services (Main Office) Handles immigration matters only; assists asylum applicants; provides immigration education and referrals for victims of persecution or fear of persecution, trafficking victims, victims of crime and VAWA petitions; provides immigrant court representation and representation for naturalization and family based immigration BAILEY County Seat Muleshoe (Plainview) Catholic Charities (Main Office) Provides representation and/or assistance with all immigration processes, renewal or replacement of Legal Permanent Resident Card and/or Employment Authorization Card and assists with all family-based categories for non-immigrant and immigrant visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) BANDERA ; provides Legal Aid Society Of Lubbock (Main Office) Provides free and/or reduced cost legal services in the areas of family and elder law Women s Protective Services Of Lubbock, Inc (Lubbock) (Main Office) legal assistance, for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; assists with immigration counseling and social referrals BANDERA County Seat Bandera Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc (San Antonio) (Main Office) Provides free legal services to low-income residents; represents migrant and seasonal farm workers; operates public defender programs in several Southwest Texas counties; call Monday through Thursday 8am-8pm; Friday 8am-6pm 13

18 BANDERA Alamo Area Resource Center (San Antonio) (Main Office) Offers referrals to persons with HIV/AIDS seeking general civil legal services including advocacy, wills, guardianships, directives and powers of attorney Catholic Charities Archdiocese Of San Antonio Guardianship Services Program (Main Office) Provides legal guardianship protection, including less restrictive alternatives such as financial, medical and living wills for those who lack mental capacity due to age, illness, or disability and who are at risk of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation; offers powers of attorney for those with sound mental capacity Catholic Charities Archdiocese Of San Antonio Immigration Services (Main Office) Offers family-based immigration services for low-income residents with an emphasis on crime, domestic violence, and human trafficking victims ; provides Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc (Main Office) Provides free legal assistance to income-eligible victims of domestic violence; offers emergency shelter and community-based intervention and prevention services Hill Country Dispute Resolution Center (Main Office) Provides impartial mediation services which explore issues and generate opinions which lead to the creation of solutions which will work for all parties in family law matters or community disputes for a nominal fee St. Mary s University School Of Law, Center For Legal And Social Justice (Main Office) Offers limited legal assistance through the law school s three clinics: Civil Justice Clinic, Criminal Justice Clinic, and Immigration and Human Rights Clinic; cannot handle cases requiring immediate attention BASTROP County Seat Bastrop Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc (Austin) (Main Office) Provides free legal services to low-income residents; represents migrant and seasonal farm workers; operates public defender programs in several Southwest Texas counties; call Monday through Thursday 8am-8pm; Friday 8am-6pm AIDS Services Of Austin CAALP Project (Main Office) In partnership with Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, AIDS Services of Austin through the CAALP project, provides legal assistance to low income individuals living with HIV/AIDS on most civil legal issues including but not limited to family law, public benefits, landlord/tenant issues, consumer law, and estate planning American Gateways (Main Office) Handles immigration matters including, but not limited to, asylum, VAWA petitions, citizenship, family-based visa petitions, detainees rights, TPS, DACA and immigrant victims of crime Catholic Charities Of Central Texas Immigration Legal Services (Main Office) ccctx.org/programs/ils Provides legal assistance on immigration matters; $35 initial consultation fee includes review of client eligibility for immigration benefits 14

19 (Austin) ; provides Family Crisis Center (Main Office) Provides legal advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, particularly with obtaining legal assistance Refugee And Immigrant Center For Education (RAICES) (Main Office) Provides immigration-related legal services for asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, immigration detainees, and victims of domestic violence, crime and human trafficking St. Mary s University School Of Law, Center For Legal And Social Justice (Main Office) Offers limited legal assistance through the law school s three clinics: Civil Justice Clinic, Criminal Justice Clinic, and Immigration and Human Rights Clinic; cannot handle cases requiring immediate attention BAYLOR County Seat Seymour (Wichita Falls) Catholic Charities (Main Office) Provides representation and/or assistance with all immigration processes, renewal or replacement of Legal Permanent Resident Card and/or Employment Authorization Card and assists with all family-based categories for non-immigrant and immigrant visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) (Dallas) BAYLOR ; provides 15

20 BAYLOR First Step, Inc (Main Office) Provides comprehensive services to victims of family violence and sexual assault, including legal advocacy, particularly with obtaining protective orders and referrals to legal assistance; offers emergency shelter to both male and female BEE County Seat Beeville Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc or (Corpus Christi) (Main Office) Provides free legal services to low-income residents; represents migrant and seasonal farm workers; operates public defender programs in several Southwest Texas counties; call Monday through Thursday 8am-8pm; Friday 8am-6pm Catholic Charities Of Corpus Christi Immigration (Main Office) Provides legal assistance on immigration matters such as adjustments, family petitions, naturalization, U Visas and T Visas and VAWA petitions (San Antonio) Dispute Resolution Services (Main Office) Provides free mediation services in civil disputes: neighbor, consumer, tenant, business, family, landlord, bullying, trespass and small claims Refugee And Immigrant Center For Education (RAICES) (Main Office) Provides immigration-related legal services for asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, immigration detainees, and victims of domestic violence, crime and human trafficking St. Mary s University School Of Law, Center For Legal And Social Justice (Main Office) Offers limited legal assistance through the law school s three clinics: Civil Justice Clinic, Criminal Justice Clinic, and Immigration and Human Rights Clinic; cannot handle cases requiring immediate attention Women s Shelter Of South Texas (Beeville) (Main Office) Provides legal advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, particularly with obtaining legal assistance BELL County Seat Belton Lone Star Legal Aid or (Belton) (Main Office) matters to eligible, low-income Texans; for family law cases call Monday 8:30am-12:30pm; for other civil matters call Tuesday through Friday 8:30am-12:30pm American Gateways (Main Office) Handles immigration matters including, but not limited to, asylum, VAWA petitions, citizenship, family-based visa petitions, detainees rights, TPS, DACA and immigrant victims of crime Catholic Charities Of Central Texas Immigration Legal Services (Main Office) ccctx.org/programs/ils Provides legal assistance on immigration matters; $35 initial consultation fee includes review of client eligibility for immigration benefits (Austin) 16

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