Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)
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We bring access to justice to the people who need it—low-wage farmworkers, families, veterans, disaster victims, the elderly, and survivors of sexual assault.

TRLA attorneys specialize in more than 45 practice areas, including family, employment, foreclosure, bankruptcy, subsidized housing, farmworker, civil rights, and environmental law.

Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(210) 212-3700
(210) 212-3700
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TRLA's Housing Group protects the rights of low-income tenants and homeowners with the aim of keeping them in their homes and reducing the number of people forced into homelessness. Fighting discrimination by landlords, lenders, and government entities against tenants based on their race, color, religion, sex, familial status, disability, and national origin. Enforcing tenant rights regarding landlord retaliation; repairs; late fee limitations; lease termination due to domestic violence, stalking, or military deployment; and catastrophes including hurricanes, fires, and tornadoes. Defense of people who face eviction. Defense of people who face termination of their Housing Choice Voucher assistance or have been denied access to subsidized housing programs. Representing clients in administrative hearings with public housing authorities.
Free
Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Legal Assistance
(210) 212-3700
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Legal aid for survivors of sexual assault (LASSA) call the hotline (800-991-5153) or click here to get free legal help.

LASSA's mission is to provide trauma-informed, client-centered legal services to victims from intake to case closing. To that end, LASSA case handlers and advocates focus on client safety, privacy, and legal goals.

Services and Activities:
• Advise and represent survivors so they can achieve their civil legal goals, including divorce, child custody, obtaining unpaid wages, maintaining benefits, fighting workplace discrimination, and obtaining work permits and immigration status for immigrant victims of violence
• Help survivors ensure their safety through protective orders and special safety requests at work and school
• Help survivors safeguard their privacy by protecting their health information and counseling records, and by assisting them in managing ongoing privacy concerns
• Provide survivors with access to legal services by conducting trauma-informed intakes through our LASSA hotline and by reviewing legal requests for survivors at shelters and rape crisis centers
• Help empower survivors and their families by coordinating cross-agency referrals from and to community partners
• Survivors of sexual violence can apply for our services by calling our intake number (800-991-5153). Legal advocates at shelters and rape crisis centers also conduct intakes for survivors.

For more information, please visit LASSA.

Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm
Adriana Rodriguez - Team Manager Send email
(956) 718-4632
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TRLA represents, advises, and advocates for young people facing a range of legal, educational, and economic problems.

  • TRLA’s Education and Special Education Team helps students, including those with disabilities, handle school-related issues;
  • The Juvenile Justice Team represents young people facing criminal charges, including Class C misdemeanors;
  • Texas Foster Youth Justice Project helps current and former foster youth understand and protect their legal rights.
  • TRLA may also be able to help if you’re a young person living in homelessness and need assistance with legal issues related to housing, securing CPS documents, and public benefits. For help with these problems, please call our general legal services hotline (888) 988-9996. TRLA staff will guide you through the application process.
Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(210) 212-3784
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You can apply for legal services by calling our hotline Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM (Central Time) excluding some holidays.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR HOTLINE CALLERS WITH FAMILY LAW ISSUES: Family law intakes are only conducted Tuesday – Friday during regular hotline hours. Applicants with non-family law related issues can apply for assistance Monday – Friday during regular hotline hours.

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Since 1999, TRLA has partnered with rape crisis centers, shelters, and other agencies and organizations that provide direct services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The partnerships, known as LASA, provide important results in terms of providing services to survivors and strengthening the ability of partners agencies to expand their reach in their communities. Through LASA, survivors can apply for a full range of legal services at the agencies where they first turn for help, which promotes a safe, holistic, and victim-centered approach to their cases.

Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Maricarmen Garza - Project Director Send email
(713) 630-2217
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You can apply for legal services by calling our hotline Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM (Central Time) excluding some holidays.

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TRLA partners with medical providers in San Antonio as part of a national effort to improve the health and wellbeing of low-income people by combining the expertise of attorneys and medical practitioners. Our Medical-Legal Partnership program (MLP)—part of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnerships—operates in recognition that poor health is linked to poverty and related problems such as substandard housing and inadequate education. In fact, research has established that about 60 percent of an individual's health is determined by social and economic factors such as personal and family stability, income and health insurance, immigration status, housing and utilities, and education and employment. As such, TRLA's MLP staff work with their medical partners—both hospitals and health clinics—to identify the legal problems that compromise the health of their patients. Once TRLA's medical partners have referred patients for free legal services, MLP staff work to resolve adverse legal and administrative problems to the benefit of both the clients and their families.

Medical-Legal Assistance for Families (MLAF) operates as a partnership between TRLA, the Children's Hospital of San Antonio, and the Baylor College of Medicine's Pediatric Residency Program at the Children's Hospital. Under the partnership, TRLA accepts patients for legal assistance by referral from the two pediatrics departments. TRLA also accepts referrals from the pediatrics department at UT Health San Antonio. Our legal priority areas are education, housing, public benefits, and guardianships for children transitioning to adulthood.

Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Susan Zinn Send email
(210) 704-8735
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TRLA is not closed, but our staff is working remotely. You can apply for legal services by calling our hotline Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM (Central Time) excluding some holidays.

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A psychiatric advance directive (PAD) allows patients with serious mental illness to state their preferences and make other advance decisions about their care in psychiatric hospitals. TRLA is partnering with St. Mary’s School of Law to host a weekly PAD clinic at the Haven for Hope courtyard. Clinic clients will have the opportunity to execute Psychiatric Advance Directive (PADs), Medical Power of Attorneys, and Declaration of Guardian.

Tue: 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Julia Rodriguez - Director of Client Services Send email
(210) 212-3700
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Texas CBAR is a statewide attorney referral program that provides free legal help to eligible nonprofit groups that cannot otherwise afford legal services. We connect volunteer attorneys with nonprofits that need assistance with transactional matters such as state incorporation, federal application for tax-exempt status, bylaws, contracts, internal policies, board compliance, and other matters that do not involve litigation.

HOW TO APPLY
Complete and return the Texas CBAR Group Application for Services (PDF) or (Texas CBAR Application (Word), both available for download at: http://www.trla.org/nonprofits

Contact us by email [email protected] or call (512) 374-2712

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The Texas Foster Youth Justice Project provides free legal services for current and former foster youth throughout Texas. The team helps youth with various legal and administrative matters such as obtaining copies of CPS records; erasing criminal and juvenile records; and accessing foster youth benefits and programs that help in the transition from foster care to independence.

(877) 313-3688