DONATE TO RAICES TEXAS
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The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas.
"The Karnes Pro Bono Project was launched in 2014 by a group of attorneys committed to serving the legal needs of women and children in family detention. The project has since come under the direction of RAICES, providing free legal services to detainees in the Karnes Detention Center. The detained women and children are forced to pass a credible or reasonable fear interview before they can be released to pursue asylum. The failure to meet requirements for asylum can lead to deportation, which can mean a return to danger and even death.
RAICES helps women prepare for their interviews with asylum officers and their applications for asylum, and represents them in immigration court. Since January of 2017, RAICES staff and pro-bonos provided representation to 90% of women at the Karnes Family Detention Center.
Through our newly launched Family Reunification Program RAICES is working with the Texas Civil Rights Project to identify the families being separated at the border. TCRP has been tracking prosecutions of people at the McAllen, TX court and then sharing individuals identified as separated from their children. Since June 1, 2018, we have received the names of 184 people separated from their children at the McAllen court alone. Separately from this work, RAICES has also been identifying the parents of children we see in our children’s program who have been separated from their parents since January 2017. We currently have close to 200 families on that list, but the vast majority have been separated from their parents more recently. We expect these numbers to climb rapidly."
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