VECINA works with partner organizations to address vast and complex needs. We could not do what we do without our partners, who provide us with a variety of support ranging from on-the-ground intake, collaboration on projects, funding, and more.
Meet Our Partners
Al Otro Lado is a bi-national non-profit providing free legal and humanitarian aid for people seeking asylum, people who have been deported, and families that have been separated. Al Otro Lado and VECINA work together on a number of projects to assist pro bono attorneys and asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico with court in San Diego.
HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. For more than 130 years, HIAS has been helping refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity. HIAS and VECINA have teamed up to expand representation opportunities for asylum seekers subject to the Remain in Mexico Program with court in El Paso, Texas.
The International Academy of Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only group of truly elite trial lawyers representing many areas of law. IATL and VECINA have collaborated on several projects related to advocacy of asylum seekers. VECINA provides training and mentorship on immigration law, and IATL brings its wealth of trial experience, which creates a strong partnership for advocacy.
Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $21 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation. The Texas Bar Foundation’s grant to VECINA has allowed us to expand our mentoring program for pro bono attorneys representing asylum seekers in Texas.
The City of Austin Grant for Technology Opportunities Capacity Building funding supports conferences, workshops, classes, professional organization memberships, consulting and software. VECINA’s grant from GTOPS allowed us to get the software we needed to run efficiently as we expand our program.
The Shield-Ayres Foundation strengthens organizations that effectively meet the basic human needs of the most vulnerable members of our community, provide access to educational opportunity and the arts, advocate for social justice, and promote land and water conservation. The Foundation’s grant helps VECINA continue to develop and expand our mentoring and training opportunities for pro bono asylum lawyers.
The Laredo Project serves asylum seekers in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and surrounding areas who present their asylum cases at the Laredo Tent Court. The Laredo Project has a robust intake hotline, and the Project refers cases for representation and VECINA mentorship.