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Undocumented & DACAmented Student Resources

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Each year an estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools across the United States.  Approximately 5 to 10 percent of these students enroll in college or university. Of these undocumented students who are enrolled in college, only 1 to 3 percent graduate each year.  In spite of experiencing considerable challenges related to admissions, tuition and financial aid, undocumented and DACAmented students persist and succeed.
 
Undocumented and DACAmented students are valued members of the Texas State University community. Our goal is raise awareness about the experiences, support services, and need for safe spaces for undocumented and DACAmented students  at Texas State.  Below is information on ways to get involved and stay informed. 
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Attorney for Students | Attorney with Immigration Expertise

Attorney for Students (AFS) offers FREE legal counseling services to all currently enrolled Texas State University students. All student information is protected by attorney-client privilege and is treated confidentially by all personnel.

Just as importantly, Attorney for Students has recently hired a part-time Attorney with immigration expertise.

  • Immigration Law
  • Criminal Laws
  • Consumer Laws
  • Insurance Laws
  • Renting Laws
  • Employment Laws
  • Environmental Laws
  • Family Laws
  • Federal Law
  • Business Law
  • Support for LGBTQIA+ Students
  • Support for Student Veterans
  • Support for Students pursuing a legal career

Contact them today: Attorney for Students

Pro Bono Day

Pro Bono Day

Immigration Attorney Consultations

September 4, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
1-Hour Consultations

Contact Attorney for Students to schedule your confidential consultation.
All communications are protected by the attorney-client privilege.

Attorney for Students
512-245-2370
LBJ Student Center - Suite 5-1.5 (5th Floor)


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Student Community of Progressive Empowerment

Student Community of Progressive Empowerment - SCOPE

SCOPE is a registered student organization that was founded in 2014 with the sole purpose of supporting and serving undocumented and DACAmented students.  It is the first of its kind at and in the history of Texas State.   SCOPE serves as a safe space that protects and empowers undocumented or DACAmented (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students. This community is student led and driven. 

Visit SCOPE Webpage


Training to become a Proud Supporter of Dreamers of Texas State

Proud Supporter of Dreamers of Texas State

Interested in becoming an Official and Proud Supporter of Bobcat DREAMers?

Faculty, staff and students interested in becoming an Official and Proud Supporter of  undocumented and DACAmented students can participate and complete the  In Limbo: Dilemmas Faced by Undocumented & DACAmented Students.  This training provides an overview of undocumented and DACAmented students including issues related to undocumented and DACAmented status, experiences on college campuses, and admission and financial aid.
 
 
Dreamers Safe Office Program

Dreamers Safe Office Program

Departments and offices that are designated Dreamer Safe Offices when 50% or more of all full-time employees (FTE) have completed the In Limbo: Dilemmas Faced by Undocumented & DACAmented Students.  A Dreamer Safe Office ensures that undocumented and DACAmented students receive timely services and resources.

 
The Dreamers Safe Office Program and In Limbo Workshop are collaborative efforts between SCOPE, Honors College and the Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion.


Student Organizations at Neighboring Colleges/Universities 

Affiliations in Texas

Lamar University

 

Texas A & M University

 
 

University of North Texas

 

University of Texas - Austin

 

University of Texas - Pan American

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association - National association of attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law.

    Avvo - Avvo has ratings, reviews, and disciplinary records for lawyers in every state. Get free legal advice, find the right lawyer, and make informed legal decisions.

    Bernardo Kohler Center - Their mission is to attain safety, respect, and justice for abused, abandoned, neglected juveniles, victims of crime, human trafficking victims, and asylum seekers by providing legal, social, and educational services.

    Catholic Charities: Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. - Provides 23 bilingual and culturally sensitive programs in 19 counties that empower individuals and families in our community to become self-sufficient.  Offers Anti-Trafficking Program, Immigration Services, and Refugee Services.  Only represents clients in San Antonio Immigration Court.

    College Board - The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

    DREAM Act - Did not pass. The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation ‒ pioneered by Senator Orin Hatch [R-UT] and Senator Richard Durbin [D-IL] ‒ that can solve this hemorrhaging injustice in our society. Under the rigorous provisions of the DREAM Act, qualifying undocumented youth would be eligible for a 6 year long conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service.

    Immigration Clinic - University of Texas School of Law - The clinic works closely with DREAMers (undocumented young people) as well and has organized large-scale workshops to assist with applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Will represent aliens in Asylum cases. Clinic is closed from May 1 until September 1.

    Immigration Policy Center - The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) is the research and policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC's mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy in U.S. society. IPC reports and materials are widely disseminated and relied upon by press and policy makers. IPC staff regularly serves as experts to leaders on Capitol Hill, opinion-makers and the media. IPC, formed in 2003 is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office.

    Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) - MALDEF strives to implement programs that are structured to bring Latinos into the mainstream of American political and socio-economic life; providing better educational opportunities; encouraging participation in all aspects of society; and offering a positive vision for the future. Unique to MALDEF is an approach that combines advocacy, educational outreach, and litigation strategies to achieve socio-economic change.

    Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) - RAICES has a dedicated team of attorneys, accredited representatives, and legal assistants, in addition to volunteers, student interns and partnering pro bono attorneys.

    Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc. - Non-profit organizations that provides free legal services to the residents of Southwest Texas who are unable to afford the fees of attorneys in private practice.  In eight of the counties, TRLA provides representation in criminal cases through its Public Defender Division. TRLA serves migrant and seasonal farm workers throughout the Texas (includes Austin and San Antonio) and more states. Will represent Legal Permanent Residents, US citizens, and U-Visa or T-Visa applicants.

    Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas -  Austin Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) of Central Texas, Inc., is a nonprofit service that was established in 1966. The program was designed to assist people who may not understand the legal system and who worry about the potential costs of seeing a lawyer.

    Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas - Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides civil legal services to low-income people through attorney volunteers in Travis County. Our attorneys help people with critical matters, such as helping victims of abuse end violent relationships, connecting persons with disabilities with medical and financial benefits, and keeping people out of homelessness by defending against wrongful evictions and foreclosures.

  • American Gateways

    One Highland Center

    314 Highland Mall Blvd., Ste. 501

    Austin, Texas 78752-3733

    (512) 478-0546 ext. 200

    www.americangateways.org

    Type of service: All immigration; handles DACA cases

     

    Bernardo Kohler Center

    4009 Banister Lane, #240
    Austin, TX 78704

    (512) 831-4272

    www.facebook.com/BKCAustin

    Type of work: Mostly immigrant youth (Special immigrant juvenile, T and U visas)

     

    Casa Marienella

    821 Gunter Street

    Austin TX 78702

    (512) 385-5571

    www.casamarianella.org

    Type of services: Walk in consultations: Thursdays from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Asylum support (lodging, EADs); limited full service

     

    Catholic Charities of Central Texas

    Immigration Legal Services

    1625 Rutherford Lane

    Austin, TX 78754

    (512) 651-6100

    Email - Via website

    www.ccctx.org

    Type of service: Do not take cases in detention or in removal proceedings

     

    Equal Justice Center

    510 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 206

    Austin, TX 78704

    (512) 474-0007

    www.equaljusticecenter.org

    Type of service: DACA only; also handles employment rights cases

     

    Justice for Our Neighbors

    Parker Lane

    Austin, TX 78741

    (512) 645-7200

    clinic@jfonaustin.org

    attorney@jfonaustin.org

    www.jfonaustin.org

    Type of services: family immigration, naturalization, U visa/VAWA, and SIJ 2105; Free clinic one Saturday a month at Servant Church Austin (1605 E 38½ St.); quarterly clinics in Georgetown and Smithville; Call or email for appointment.

     

    RAICES - Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

    Main Buiding - 2800 IH-35 South, Suite 215

    Austin, TX 78704

    (512) 994-2199

    www.raicestexas.org

    Walk-in consultations: Wednesdays arrive by 8:00 AM (first come, first served)

     

    Caritas Building - 611 Neches Street

    Austin, TX 78701

    (512) 994-2199
    Walk-in consultations: Tuesdays arrive by 8:00 AM (first come, first served)

    info@raicestexas.org

    www.raicestexas.org

    Type of services: Unaccompanied children; low-cost legal services; Family based, asylum, SIJ, DACA, Naturalization, U Visa, VAWA

     

    Refugee Services of Texas

    500 East St. John Ave Suite 1.280

    Austin, TX 78752

    (512) 472-9472

    Fax - (512) 377-2233

    austin@rstx.org

    www.rstx.org

     

    SafePlace

    P.O. Box 19454
    Austin, TX 78760

    24 Hour Hotline: (512) 267-SAFE (7233)

    Text: 737.888.7233

    Office Administration Phone: (512) 267-7233

    Fax: (512) 385-0662

    info@safeaustin.org

    www.safeaustin.org

    Type of services: Domestic violence, women & children’s shelter

     

    Texas Civil Rights Project

    1405 Montopolis Drive, Austin, Texas 78741

    (512) 474-5073

    info@texascivilrightsproject.org

    www.texascivilrightsproject.org

    Type of services: Take a small number of mostly U-Visas, VAWA

     

     

     

    University of Texas - Immigration Clinic

    727 E Dean Keeton St Austin, TX 78705

    (512) 232-1292

    Type of work: Various case types accepted; will represent clients in detention & removal proceedings; only open Sept - May

  • American Gateways – San Antonio Office

    2300 W. Commerce Street, Suite 313
    San Antonio, TX 78207

    (210) 521-4768 ext. 232 or 233

    www.americangateways.org

     

    Equal Justice Center

    301 Broadway Street, Suite 309

    San Antonio, TX 7809

    (201) 308-6222

    www.equaljusticecenter.org

    Type of service: DACA only; also handles employment rights cases

     

    RAICES - Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

    1305 N. Flores

    San Antonio, TX 78212

    (210) 222-0964

    www.raicestexas.org

    Types of services: removal defense, unaccompanied children, low-cost legal services, DACA

     

     

    Catholic Charities of San Antonio - Refugee and Immigration Services

    1801 W. César E. Chávez Blvd

    San Antonio, TX 78207

    (210) 433-3256

    https://ccaosa.org/refugee-immigration-services

     

    St. Mary’s University - Center for Legal and Social Justice

    2507 N.W. 36th St.

    San Antonio, TX 78228

    (210) 431-2596

    (800) 767-4848

    law.stmarytx.edu/academics/special-programs/center-legal-social-justice/

     

     

    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.

    1111 N. Main Avenue

    San Antonio, TX 78212

    (210) 212-3700

    www.trla.org/office/san-antonio-main-3

    Type of services: Take a small number of mostly U-Visas, VAWA

Featured Organization 

Consulate General of Mexico

Consulate General of Mexico

Conducts foreign policy of Mexico through dialogue, cooperation, promotion of the country and care for Mexicans abroad and coordinate international action by the Government of the Republic of Mexico.  Consular officers are trained to offer legal advice and guidance on areas mainly criminal, immigration, labor, civil and administrative . Furthermore, it has agreements with specialized lawyers and legal organizations that contribute to the work of the Department of Protection to provide advice and guidance to Mexicans who require it.

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