Las Americas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in El Paso, Texas providing free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees in West Texas and New Mexico. We have served over 30,000 people from over 80 countries since 1987.
Las Americas provides legal representation through both attorneys and accredited representatives through the Department of Justice.
The mission of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center is to provide high-quality legal services to low-income immigrants, and to advocate for human rights.
Our vision is that of a country where all immigrants have access to high-quality legal representation based on the principle of justice and human rights.
Las Americas was founded on May 1, 1987 by Ruben Garcia, Director of Annunciation House, and Delia Gomez to answer the needs of a large influx of Central Americans who sought refuge in El Paso.
By the mid-1990’s, Las Americas began to assist children and women detained by the INS through its Justice for Women and Children Project. Las Americas also started representing battered immigrant women under the Battered Immigrant Women Project. In 2002, Las Americas moved to its own building at 1500 E. Yandell Drive.
Today, Las Americas continues to be one of very few non-profit legal service providers to assist low-income immigrants in the El Paso region.