Las Americas is a 25 year-old, homegrown, non-profit dedicated to serving the legal needs of low income immigrants, including refugees and battered women.
Las Americas lawyers and staff are committed to providing high quality legal representation to those who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Las Americas believes that the American Dream should not be for sale but should be accessible to all deserving people, regardless of their countries of origin and their financial situation.
Since 1987, Las Americas, which is certified by the Board of Immigration Appeals, has provided representation to more than 9,000 low-income immigrants in El Paso. Las Americas’ clients are mostly, but not only, from Mexico. The El Paso port-of-entry sees the second highest number of people crossing into the United States by land, second only to San Diego. El Paso is also an important corridor for illegal crossings. Immigrants from all around the world often end up in El Paso through roundabout smuggling ways and Las Americas staff have helped clients from countries as far as Burma and Cameroon.
Las Americas strives to be an efficient organization, relying on volunteer attorneys and helpers for a lot of its cases. Donations are also put to good use. Our annual internal audit shows that 86 cents out of every donated dollar goes toward services, an extraordinary ratio by non-profit standards.
“In my years as a member of Las Americas, I have had many privileged encounters, listening to each person’s story, every one of them unique… I have come to realize that all of us can become a vital source of self-respect, hope, and encouragement.” — Sister Phyllis Nolan, longtime Las Americas volunteer