Refugee & Immigrant Center For Education & Legal Services RAICES
Current immigration policy denies entry to refugees fleeing violence, detains people in abusive detention centers, and separates parents from their children. RAICES is the largest legal aid group of its kind in Texas.
We provide affirmative, defensive, and litigation services to low-income immigrants.
With more immigration lawyers than any organization in Texas, in 2018 RAICES managed 37,863 cases at no cost to our clients. Without pro-bono legal services most of our clients, including children of all ages, would have to go to court alone, with zero representation. We believe no child should go to court alone.
Our legal services extend from low-cost residency and citizenship services to pro-bono representation for families and children in detention, with service offerings for Residency & Citizenship Services, Asylum Seekers, Removal Defense, DACA, Legal Representation for Family and Children, and more.
We empower the community by offering services to remove barriers of oppression, multiply agents of change, and increase clients’ quality of life. We offer a wide range of services including case management, resettlement assistance, a national hotline to connect migrants with local community resources, and transit support for recently released migrants.
Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services
American nonprofit organization aiming to provide legal services to immigrants
RAICES was founded in 1987 (sometimes listed as 1986) to help Central American refugees in the United States.
In January 2016, RAICES' Executive Director, Jonathan Ryan, was part of a lawsuit filed against the state of Texas over House Bill 11, a law that made it a state felony to harbor undocumented immigrants. The lawsuit, which was filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund on behalf of Ryan and two San Antonio landlords, alleged that the state was violating due process rights and circumventing federal authority over immigration policy. The law was temporarily paused due to an injunction issued by a federal judge, but in February 2017, a federal appeals panel ruled that the state could continue to enforce HB 11.
REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT CENTER FOR EDUCATION & LEGAL SERVICES
WINDCREST, TX 78239-1975 | Tax-exempt since April 1987
Classification (NTEE) Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R21Z) (Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy)
Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3) Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
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