Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance of Catholic Charities
2900 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77006
Telephone: (713) 526-4611
Fax: (713) 874-6792
19% Children's Law
Does Use Volunteer Attorneys
The Cabrini Center began in 1978 and began representing children in 2002. The Cabrini Center is the largest of the three Houston-based non-profit agencies accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals to represent individuals in immigration legal matters. Volunteer attorneys are utilized to handle individual cases, and training is provided for CLE credit.
The program does accept calls from children and the public seeking legal information. Clients are referred through the Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Program of Catholic Charities, other attorneys or the children themselves.
Children's Law Clinics
University of Texas at Austin School of Law
727 E. Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705
Telephone: (512) 232-1290
Fax: (512) 475-8874
100% Children's Law
Does Not Use Volunteer Attorneys
Students in the Children's Rights Clinic represent children in Travis County District Court as student attorneys ad litem in cases in which the state seeks custody or termination of parental rights based on allegations of abuse and neglect. Although the supervising attorneys sign pleadings drafted by the students and accompany the students to formal proceedings, the student attorneys sit "first chair" at hearings, depositions, mediations, and trial appearances, and they research and prepare cases as the primary attorneys.
In the Juvenile Justice Clinic students serve as student attorneys with the Travis County Juvenile Public Defender. Clients are indigent juveniles, aged ten to seventeen, charged with criminal offenses ranging from Class B misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. The Clinic provides an opportunity for students to learn juvenile law, interact with clients, advocate in court proceedings, and participate in educating children about the law. Student attorneys are assigned cases for which they have primary responsibility under the supervision of an experienced attorney in the public defender's office. Students perform all investigation, interviews, discovery, negotiation, and litigation functions on their cases.
Immigrant Children's Assistance Project
South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project
119 W. Van Buren Avenue
Harlingen, TX 78550
Tel: (956) 365-3775
Fax: (956) 365-3789
Email: [email protected]
40% Children's Law
Does Use Volunteer Attorneys
The South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Presentation Project (ProBAR) was created in 1989 as a joint project of the State Bar of Texas, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association. ProBAR recruits, trains and coordinates the activities of volunteer attorneys, law students and legal assistants from across the country who provide legal services to detained immigrants and asylum-seekers in South Texas.
Founded in 2003 with just one staff-person, ProBAR's Children's Project now has a team of seven attorneys, two Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representatives, fifteen paralegals, and two full-time volunteers. The Children's Project currently serves more than 900 detained, unaccompanied children at shelters in South Texas by providing them with "Know Your Rights" presentations and coordinating their legal representation.
ProBAR is designed to utilize the services of volunteers who are not experienced in immigration law as well as those who are. We welcome volunteer attorneys, recent law graduates, law students and legal assistants. Attorneys need not be licensed in the State of Texas to participate.