TRLA serves the most vulnerable of our neighbors - people who desperately need a lawyer but can’t afford one. Our clients are sexual assault survivors, victims of human trafficking, disaster survivors, and elderly or disabled people. Make a tax-deductible contribution with your credit card.
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If you’d like to support a specific type of legal aid, you can indicate your choice in the comments space under "Additional Information." For example, if you’d like to support legal aid to disaster survivors, write “Disaster Relief” in the comments space.
You can donate through regular mail by sending a check to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, 301 South Texas Ave., Mercedes, TX 78750. If you’d like to get on our newsletter subscriber list, you can use this form for your donation.
If you’re an attorney who can provide pro bono services, our clients need your help.You can join the many private lawyers who are helping TRLA provide free legal services to low-income veterans, victims of consumer fraud, asylum seekers, and many others who otherwise would have no access to representation.
Sign Up to Volunteer with TRLA
Since TRLA attorneys serve 68 Texas counties and work in at least 45 different practice areas, you can choose how you want to help. Through our Volunteer Form, you can indicate your area of expertise.
Volunteer For Disaster Legal Services
TRLA has helped Hurricane Harvey survivors get nearly $450,000 in FEMA aid that was unfairly denied to them. But there are thousands more survivors who need our help to get the federal aid they deserve. Most recently, our Disaster Legal Aid Team has also been deployed to the Rio Grande Valley, where residents are struggling to recover from devastating June flooding. If you can help us represent Texas’ many disaster survivors, please go to Disaster Assistance Matters.
Join the Immigration Referral Network
The need for volunteer immigration attorneys who can help Central American children and families is enormous. Since TRLA primarily aids people applying for T (trafficking) and U (Victims of Crime) visas, assistance in those areas is especially welcome. If you can help, please go to our Immigration Referral Network form. If your expertise involves other forms of immigration relief, you can indicate that on the form, and TRLA will forward your information to the appropriate legal services provider.
Help Staff Free Legal Clinics
Throughout our 68-county service area, TRLA operates free Community Justice Program legal clinics to help people with divorces, wills, veterans' benefits and many other civil legal problems, If you'd like to help staff a free legal clinic, review our list to find one near you.
TRLA is a 501(c)(3) organization and is funded in part by the Legal Services Corporation (“LSC”). As a condition of the funding received from LSC, TRLA is restricted in certain activities in all of its legal work–including work supported by other funding sources. TRLA may not expend any funds for any activity prohibited by the Legal Services Corporation Act, 42 U.S.C. 2996 et seq. or by Public Law 104-134. Public Law 104-234 §504(d) required that notice of these restrictions be given to all funders or programs funded by the Legal Service Corporation. For a copy of these laws or any further information, please contact: Executive Director, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, 301 S. Texas Avenue, Mercedes, Texas 78570; Tel: 956-447-4800.