Las Americas is a 28-year-old nonprofit organization in El Paso, Texas dedicated to serving the legal needs of low-income immigrants, including battered women, refugees seeking asylum and those seeking family reunification. We believe that the American Dream should not be for sale and accessible to all deserving individuals, regardless of their countries of origin and their financial status. At the core of our work is the goal to end prejudice and discrimination against immigrants. To this end, the mission of Las Americas is to provide high quality legal service to low-income immigrants and to advocate for human rights.
Las Americas currently has three main programs. These are the Asylum Program for those seeking asylum and its sister form of immigration relief under the Convention Against Torture. This program also includes The Mexican Asylum Project for those fleeing the violence in Mexico. The Battered Immigrant Women Program serves immigrants who are victims of domestic violence under the provisions of the Violence Against Women Act, crime victims by seeking U-Visas, and victims of human trafficking through T-Visas. Las Americas’ Family Immigration Program works to help reunite families based on a familial relationship that allows for legal status in the United States. The organization also works with those young people between the ages of 16-31 who qualify for DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Las Americas also provides education to the community about immigration issues, as well as doing this same type of outreach for church groups, university groups, high school groups and international groups that come to the border to be educated on these issues. Las Americas also advocates on behalf of its clients on both an individual basis and with an emphasis on a wider scope.