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American Gateways champions the dignity and human rights of refugees and immigrant survivors of persecution, torture, conflict, and human trafficking through exceptional immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.

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Phone Number: 512-478-0546
Address: 314 East Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 501
Austin, TX 78752
The past year has been one of intense uncertainty for American Gateways. Our friends and neighbors have endured travel bans, ICE raids, increased and prolonged detention, SB4, the cancellation of TPS, and the end of DACA. We have witnessed offensive rhetoric equating DREAMers with gang members and reducing family unification to "chain migration." Political leaders have failed to lead, while attempting to use children and ambitious young adults as bargaining chips in debates over walls and security. Our collective heritage as a "nation of immigrants" is literally being erased from the guiding principles of the agencies we count on to fairly arbitrate the law.

Through it all, American Gateways continues to stand with our immigrant communities. In 2017, we worked tirelessly to defend the rights of immigrants and ensure that everyone in our city, and our region, is guaranteed equal access to justice. This year, we're growing our programs so that we can protect more families from deportation and serve larger numbers of clients as they work to improve their physical and economic security and claim their piece of the American Dream.

Impact Statement

Founded in 1987 as the Political Asylum Project of Austin by attorneys and community leaders, today American Gateways is among the most effective and efficient non-profit providers of immigration legal services in the nation. We have grown significantly since then and now have a staff of 32 with offices in Austin, San Antonio , and Waco. Our service area covers 21 counties throughout the Central Texas region.

Our clients are asylum seekers, survivors of human trafficking, crime and abuse, DREAMers, families seeking reunification, and long-term residents facing deportation. We are also the only non-profit in Texas to provide services at four immigration detention centers, providing legal orientations, Know-Your-Rights presentations, pro se assistance, and pro bono representation on a weekly basis. In 2018, we closed more than 1,100 cases and provided services and assistance to more than 9,000 people in immigration detention.

Needs Statement

Our dedicated staff of 32 attorneys, paralegals, and administrative assistants works to assist as many individuals as possible. In 2017 alone, we closed more than 1,100 individual cases for our clients, and opened nearly as many new ones. Despite this, the need for legal services for low-income immigrants in central Texas continues to grow. Amidst an increasingly hostile political climate, dramatic and rapid-fire changes in immigration policy, and more aggressive immigration enforcement actions throughout our communities, we are unable to serve more people without additional resources. Our Austin office continues to turn away as many as 100 cases with merit each month simply due to lack of resources. Your donation will allow us to serve more people in 2018 than we did in 2017 and ensure that the fundamental rights of all immigrants in our community are respected and protected.
"Very accommodating and friendly staff. I feel very important and my dignity as a woman has been restored and I feel my self-worth. Keep up the good work and God will bless you and the American Gateways staff more. More Power!"
(Anonymous VAWA visa recipient) (12/07/2007)

"Les agradezco con todo mi corazon"
We're always looking for attorney and non-attorney volunteers to help with pro bono cases, interpreting, document translation, and administrative support.