Last updated: December 6, 2013
You’ve got a solid case but lack the bank account to pay a lawyer for his or her services. Representing yourself against that slick corporate lawyer is out of the question.
Get the best of both worlds by enlisting the assistance of a reputable legal aid group in the El Paso area. Most legal aid societies accept anyone earning less than 125% of the federal poverty guideline, but many accept individuals who are particularly vulnerable, such as immigrants, the disabled, or victims of domestic violence.
This huge collection of legal aid offices provides general legal services for 68 Southwest Texas counties. They can help you with nearly any issue, but have specialized programs for migrant farm workers. Rio Grande is fairly unique among legal aid groups because they also provide criminal defense services. If you are unsure which legal aid group to contact first, Rio Grande is your safest bet.
Paso Del Norte provides representation for victims of civil rights abuses, either by government agencies or corporations (including Prisoner’s Rights). They also serve victims of domestic violence and other crimes on immigration issues through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Program. Their Economic Justice Program helps employees recover wages from employers who don’t pay them or violate their rights.
The Dispute Resolution Center is not technically a legal aid group, but they can help you resolve lawsuits before they begin to save everyone involved time and money. They provide mediation services for all civil cases, child visitation, landlord-tenant issues and community disputes for a nominal fee (usually $20).
This immigration clinic can also provide either brief advice or full representation for individuals meeting their income guidelines.
The Center assists victims of domestic violence regardless of income. They provide a family resource center and legal services for undocumented victims of abuse. There is also an emergency shelter if you need a safe place to sleep, and a transitional living center to help you build the skills and education to become self-sufficient.
The Domestic Relations Office is a branch of the El Paso County government. They help families comply with protective orders and court-ordered child support, and can enforce these court orders should the parties fail to comply.
Disability Rights has offices all over Texas, including a branch in El Paso. They handle disability-related issues including accessibility, discrimination, employment and health care. This group has no income restrictions, so they can help you with disability related issues regardless of your wealth.