A nonprofit organization

Did you know that children and families in deportation proceedings do not have a right to a court-appointed attorney if they cannot afford to hire one themselves? 

Members of our North Texas community, including child and adult survivors of domestic violence and asylum-seeking families, must appear in court alone. Without an attorney, families continue to be separated, children are deported, and we lose a key part of what makes North Texas a thriving and diverse community.

RAICES’ Dallas and Fort Worth teams are dedicated to improving our shared community. We empower every client to lead their legal case, and we work with them to achieve their goals. We: 

  • Foster client growth and community support through social services, including school registration assistance for child clients, social security card assistance, and provisions of clothes and blankets during a winter freeze
  • Approach every case through a trauma-informed lens and engagement skills
  • Offer expert legal representation that is child-centered and focused on family unity
  • Serve our clients holistically, prioritizing both their mental and physical health and connecting them with community resources to further support their needs

Families are reunited and our clients plant their roots in North Texas because of your support and commitment to building a strong supportive community. 

Your support will:

  • Pay for government filing fees so children can apply for protection in family court, parents can apply for work permits, or a small business owner can finally obtain legal permanent resident status
  • Provide clients with transportation to their immigration court hearings
  • Provide culturally-attuned, trauma-informed mental health diagnostic and referral services to survivors of domestic violence, trafficking and other crimes
  • Support houseless clients and their families locate shelter during freezing temperatures
  • Provide groceries or rent support to newly arrived migrant families who makes Austin their new home
  • Provide expert legal consultation and representation for children and adults facing family separation and deportation, so they do not have to appear in court alone

Joining us this North Texas Giving Day means that, together, we can model a welcoming society, and that no child or family navigates the complex immigration laws and courts alone.


RAICES was created in 1986 to welcome and fight for families seeking safety and freedom in the U.S. We started as a two-person team in a tiny San Antonio office and kept growing to include Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as Austin, Corpus Christi, Houston, and Laredo. Today, with Texas roots and national reach, we advocate for the rights and prosperity of all our families, neighbors, and community members.

We grew from the Sanctuary Movement as a response to immigration policies that created impossible legal barriers for Central American refugees to seek protection in the U.S. In a time of exceptional need, our neighbors across the country came together and showed us what it means to be a more welcoming nation.

We believe in a country where everyone has access to legal and social services — no matter where you come from. A place where people don’t have to go to court to face a giant institution on their own. A place where people don’t have to navigate a maze that was created to keep them out — because we know that legal representation keeps families together and free.

Families with legal representation are up to 10 times more likely to have a favorable outcome in immigration court than unrepresented families — and are given a real chance to plant roots in their new home.

Let’s fight for families. Let’s be the welcoming nation that we’ve always aspired to be.

Equity Statement

RAICES is committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all our departments and programs. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. We are a powerful network of legal experts, advocates, and change agents with an opportunity before us to create positive systemic change. We prioritize engaging diverse perspectives and evolve to be inclusive, behave equitably, and profoundly impact society.

For the above reasons, RAICES is committed to transforming each aspect of our organization by confronting our own biases and operationalizing our values. We know that intention alone will not change things. RAICES is committed to our equity journey, the diversity of our staff and clients, and the broader communities we serve as change agents who contribute to an inclusive and equitable organization that champions our rich diversity.

Organization Data


Organization name


other names

Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services

Tax id (EIN)




Human Rights, Civil Rights & Advocacy, Immigrants & Refugees, Social Services

Operating Budget

$10,000,000 or more

Counties Served

Hood, Fannin, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Montague, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, Wise, Grayson, Erath, Ellis, Denton, Dallas, Cooke, Collin

BIPOC Serving

Other, Native American, Hispanic or Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black or African American

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


1420 W. Mockingbird Ln. Suite 840
Dallas, TX 75247