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Center Against Sexual and Family Violence Awarded $5,000 for Immigration Advocacy

The Center Against Sexual and Family Violence (CASFV) was awarded $5,000 from the Texas Bar Foundation.

CASFV was one of 35 grantees from around the state and the only organization from El Paso to be funded. The grant will help implement legal and immigration advocacy for survivors of sexual and family violence.

“El Paso is the largest community on the U.S./Mexico border and with this grant we can expand our immigration services,” said CASFV Executive Director, Stephanie Karr. “The Center Against Sexual and Family Violence helps all of those in need and I am glad that this is an additional service we can continue to provide.”

CASFV has assisted victims in obtaining their legal status in addition to primary services, such as advocacy, support groups and therapy since the year 2000. Each year the immigration department sees more than 1,000 people. Nearly 90% of all CASFV applications submitted to the Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) have been approved.

The ability to provide immigration services to clients provides an extra step in gaining control of their lives. An aggressor may attempt to prevent a victim from seeking help buy using their legal status against them. With help from CASFV, victims are assured that they will be helped regardless of their immigration status.

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $16 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.

CASFV is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to confront and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault as an advocate for safety and justice through intervention, education, and community collaboration.  24-Hour Crisis Hopeline is 915-593-7300 or 1-800-727-0511.

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