Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Justice begins here. TRLA is one of the few legal aid nonprofits in El Paso offering 100% FREE, high-quality legal services to low-income El Pasoans. Since its founding over 50 years ago. TRLA has served low-income Texans in over 45 civil practice areas across 68 counties.

Causes: Advocacy, Social Justice, Veterans

Who We Are

In El Paso, home to one of our largest offices, TRLA has done considerable work seeking justice for veterans, domestic violence survivors, farmworkers, homeowners, renters, elders, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and many others who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. In the past several years, our legal staff have also fought for community preservation by representing the last remaining resident of the Duranguito neighborhood (which was saved from destruction this year!), fighting polluters, and standing up for our most vulnerable families. TRLA has been there when families needed us most – during economic crisis, the pandemic, and mass shootings in El Paso and Uvalde.

All this work is made possible by our generous donors. When TRLA needs to respond fast to a crisis like after the August 3rd shooting, we turn to individual contributions to support our work. In our everyday cases, individual gifts are vital to fill in the cracks of funding needs not covered by grants.

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Want to know more? Read below for fast facts about TRLA in El Paso!

Our El Paso staff conducts outreach and education events in addition to taking on cases for individuals or families, such as:

Serving Veterans

  • Ask-a-Lawyer events twice a month held at the Veteran’s Administration clinics

  • Regular response and intake from our special Veterans Advocacy Project Hotline.

  • Trainings for community partners that serve veterans

  • Trainings with the Ft. Bliss JAG legal services office

  • Participating in the annual Stand Down for homeless veterans

Fighting for Survivors

  • Provide trainings to local organizations on civil legal remedies available to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

  • Receive referrals from partner agencies such as Center Against Sexual and Family Violence and La Posada

  • Co-organizing our first annual El Paso Family Justice and Wellness Conference (Oct 24-25th). This is a cross-training for victim advocates, social workers, attorneys, and the judiciary in El Paso.

Community Empowerment

  • Special legal clinics in partnership with local organizations, like our Alternatives to Guardianship Clinic with the Arc of El Paso this month

  • Weekly special legal clinics for the homeless on Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • Renters’ Rights Power Hour clinics/ Hora de Poder sobre los Derechos de los Renteros

  • Provide outreach and know your rights presentations to foster youth through the PRIDE Center and other community groups

Advocating for Victims and Survivors of the 2019 Walmart Mass Casualty event

Our El Paso office, led by three attorneys all born and raised in the El Paso-Juarez metroplex, advocated for victims and survivors of a mass shooting that affected the entire border community. Legal Aid staff did what it does best and advocated for low-income El Pasoans and created the template that TRLA and other legal aids would use in the future to model legal aid response to mass casualty events. Since that time TRLA has used the El Paso template to model our response to the mass casualty event in Uvalde in 2022 and has now begun work on a toolkit for the Legal Services Corporation that will help other legal aids affected by mass casualty events in their service area.

Public Benefits

All TRLA public benefits advocates have spent a very busy 2023 advocating for low-income people in SNAP and Medicaid cases. Because the federal government determined that the federal public health emergency from COVID ended on May 11, 2023, our public benefits team has spent countless hours working with our legal aid sister organizations and other legal services offices across the state to ensure a coordinated effort to help low income Texas receive the SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid they were eligible for and needed. Texas has sadly become a state with the highest number of individuals terminated from SNAP and Medicaid due to the state’s abysmal efforts in the unwinding of the public health emergency.

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