I am a bilingual paralegal for an immigration lawyer in Boulder Colorado, soon to be pursuing my law degree. I will be traveling to Karnes Texas the first week of December to volunteer at the detention center. As many of you know, the vast majority of families detained are fleeing extreme violence in Central America and elsewhere and are seeking asylum here in the United States. Without the help of agencies like RAICES, Karnes Pro-Bono and volunteers, these families would be left with no legal support putting them in an extremely vulnerable situation.
The program works in a weekly cycle where lawyers, law students, paralegals and volunteers provide any and all legal support needed for a week, 12-15 hours a day. Once the week is over the next set of volunteers take over. My duties will include providing legal research regarding country conditions and court rulings, providing intakes for families, CFI preparation for families, legal advice regarding required steps to be taken once released and drafting declarations/affidavits.
RAICES was funded in 1986 and it is now the largest immigration legal service provider in Texas. It is a non-profit agency dedicatedto providing justice by giving free and low cost legal services to immigrant children, families and refugees in Texas.
Launched in 2014, The Karnes Pro-Bono Project is directed by RAICES. This organization provides free legal services to families and children who are detained at Karnes Detention Center. Before beginning the process of asylum, individuals must pass a credible fear interview failure to meet requirements results in deportation.
All human beings are born free and equal. Everyone has the right to live, to be free and to feel safe. These families have suffered an enormous amount of trauma that no one should ever have to endure. Time is of the essence; our support is vital to their survival. When one of us suffers, we all suffer.
If you feel called to do so, please consider making a donation for my trip to Karnes Texas. Your kind donation will fund my plane ticket from Denver to San Antonio, Texas, a rental car to drive two hours to the detention facility, pay for food and hotel for a week. Any money raised in excess of my needs will be donated to RAICES and Karnes Pro-Bono Project.
Thank you kindly for considering!
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all”
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