Monday afternoon, officials with Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc. (DMRS) announced the receipt of a $7800 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation.
“This grant from the Texas Bar Foundation provides crucial support to our Removal Defense program. By hiring an additional Legal Assistant, we are able to ensure that all of our Staff Attorneys have the resources needed to serve their clients,” said Melissa M. Lopez, DMRS Executive Director. “Vulnerable clients with complex legal cases require exceptional legal representation to ensure a successful, lifesaving outcome.”
Officials share that the grant expands the level of services provided to individuals seeking asylum in the United States by creating a Legal Assistant position for one of the organization’s Staff Attorneys.
The Legal Assistant position funded by the Texas Bar Foundation supports a partnership between DMRS and the Loretto Volunteer Program.
The Loretto Volunteer Program is a project of the Loretto Community Catholic order of sisters. Loretto volunteers serve social justice organizations for one year in both direct service and advocacy roles.
Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $21 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.
For more information about DMRS’ services, please visit their website.