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  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 2:30 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)
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    STATEMENT URGING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO RESCIND
    ITS ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY IMPACTING THE U.S./MEXICO BORDER

    June 19, 2018
    Contact: Isaac Faz
    214.233.5835
    President@DallasHispanicBar.com

    Since implementing the Zero Tolerance policy, the Trump Administration’s Department of Homeland Security has separated and detained more than 2,000 children seeking entry into the U.S. along our southern border. We are concerned with the alarming and unacceptable injustice under which children are being forcefully separated from their parents.

    We urge the Trump Administration to rescind its Zero Tolerance policy and implement a more humane and compassionate way to address the children and families seeking asylum in our country.

    “When immigrants, including children, arrived at Ellis Island, they saw the Statue of Liberty. Today, these children are seeing cages, guns, and concrete walls. This is not the way we should receive the vulnerable seeking our help or portray ourselves to the world,” stated Isaac Faz, President of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association. “Additionally, we seek transparency. We ask the administration to allow the press and civic groups to take video and photos of the events within these facilities.”

    The DHBA further calls upon all elected officials and representatives to support clean legislation that would bring an immediate end to this humanitarian crisis. Our nation was built on the back of immigrants, and from its inception to today, immigrants contribute to our society in meaningful ways. It’s time to reunite families and restore the values that made this country great.

    The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA) is the largest Hispanic Bar association in North Texas and affiliated with the Dallas Bar Association. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization with the goal to promote the social, economic, educational, and civic advancement of the DFW Metroplex Hispanic community by making the legal system more accessible to the Hispanic community and more responsive to its needs.

  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 11:28 AM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    We are happy to announce we are partnering with the Consulate General of Mexico and Catholic Charities of Dallas to host a free citizenship workshop. The workshop is a great way for non-immigration attorneys to volunteer in the community without the need to appear before a judge, or commit to an ongoing case.

    During the workshop you will help individuals fill out their citizenship application. Prior to the workshop there will be a training session for those who would like to learn more about the citizenship process, eligibility requirements, and benefits. We will also review how to properly complete the Form N-400 Application for Naturalization.

    The details:

    CITIZENSHIP WORKSHOP EVENT

    Saturday, June 9th at 9:00 a.m. (Volunteer arrival at 8:30 a.m.)
    Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas
    1210 River Bend Dr. Dallas, TX 75247


    CITIZENSHIP TRAINING SESSION

    Thursday, June 7th at 6:00 p.m.
    Catholic Charities Dallas, Central Services Center – Town Hall
    1421 W. Mockingbird Lane. Dallas, Texas 75247

    Attorneys are able to sign up for different shifts (8:30 am – 12 pm & 12 pm – 5 pm). For more information please email Tricia at freshwater@dfwvisa.onmicrosoft.com or call Luis at (469) 801-8183. Register to volunteer today! Visit goo.gl/f8ozAq to sign up.

    We invite you to join us and help people fill out their forms to become U.S. Citizens!

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 9:58 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

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    Statement Urging Congress To Pass DACA Bipartisan Legislation

    February 15, 2018
    Contact: Isaac Faz
    President@DallasHispanicBar.com

    On Monday the U.S. Senate voted 97-1 to begin debate on a potential bill that could address the status of the individuals in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Board of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA) supports a bipartisan legislative resolution and urges members of Congress to pass permanent legislation immediately and end the fear and uncertainty about the future of the DACA program.


    Over 700,000 DACA recipients – also known as Dreamers – were brought to the United States as minors. The DACA recipients met DACA’s various legal requirements, paid a fee to the U.S. Treasury, filed the correct documentation, and only then were able to continue their studies or careers.


    In January 2018, a California federal court issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the phasing out of DACA.  Without this intervention, there was potential for over 100 individuals a day to lose their DACA protection. The only true protection, however, is legislation.


    “Dreamers are not only integral members of our society and economy, they are our family, friends, and neighbors,” stated Isaac Faz, President of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association. “For many of these individuals, this is the only country they know, and ours is the only anthem they sing.”


    Texas is home to the second largest DACA population, and the Dallas-Ft. Worth area – with approximately 36,000 DACA recipients – leads the state. Over the past 30 days, the DHBA has sponsored DACA workshops with community organizations and will continue to assist in any way possible.


    “A majority of Americans support legislation to protect DACA recipients. As the DACA debate continues, we ask Congress to look at this issue with an open mind and open heart,” added Faz.


    The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA) is the largest Hispanic Bar association in north Texas and affiliated with the Dallas Bar Association. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization with the goal to promote the social, economic, educational, and civic advancement of the DFW Metroplex Hispanic community by making the legal system more accessible to the Hispanic community and more responsive to its needs.

  • Saturday, December 23, 2017 6:23 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    DHBA is thankful to have members who are giving with their time and pocketbook. Donations make an impact in our communities. This season, please consider giving to a noble cause. We know there are several opportunities to give to well deserving organizations, below we mention only a few. Thank you in advance.

    Hurricane Harvey

    During this holiday season of giving, please consider contributing to Hurricane Harvey Relief through the Houston Bar Foundation's HBF Relief Fund.  When donating, please note your contribution in the "Group Code" section as: "#GivingSeason-DHBA" To learn more about efforts in Houston, including volunteer opportunities and resources for attorneys, please visit the HBA site.

    Equal Access to Justice

    There is a joint effort of the Dallas Bar Association, DHBA and other Sister Bar organizations, and the Legal Aid of Northwest Texas to raise funds for pro bono civil legal aid in Dallas County. Today, 600,000 of the 2.4 million people living in Dallas County qualify for free legal help from DVAP. To make a contribution, please visit the DVAP donation page. For more information on the Campaign or the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, contact Michelle Alden at 214-243-2234 or aldenm@lanwt.org.

    The Concilio

    Since 1981, The Concilio has worked with families in North Texas to respond to the needs of an emerging Hispanic population. More than 80% of the families they serve are low-income and many are learning English as a second language. Because of you supporters like you, over 11,000 parents and their children in the DFW metroplex are healthier and better educated this year. Recent results from their programs include: Students whose parents participate in the Concilio parent education program graduate from high school at a rate of over 90% (compared to 83% of their peers) and 2) Over 50% of participants in their health program decrease weight and improve fitness standards. To make a donation please visit The Concilo's donation page.

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:01 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    The North Texas Immigration and Education Table is hosting a DACA-renewal event this Saturday (09/23) from 9am to 2pm at the University of Texas at Arlington at the Maverick Activities Center, Lone Star Auditorium (2nd floor). They are in need of volunteers and lawyer volunteers. For more information please visit their Facebook page.

    If you are interested in volunteering, lawyers can sign up ahttp://bit.ly/2y3AKiE and volunteers can sign up at http://bit.ly/2wnTaZj.


  • Friday, September 08, 2017 5:06 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association is partnering with the North Texas Dream Team (“NTDT”) to help DACA recipients impacted by the recent decision to end the program.  DACA recipients whose permits expire before March 5, 2018 must submit their renewal applications by October 5, 2017.  The cost of each renewal application is $495.
     
    NTDT will host a Mega DACA workshop at Mountain View College on Saturday, September 16 from 9 AM – 1 PM. Volunteer attorneys will provide pro bono legal services to DACA recipients completing renewal applications.
     
    There are two ways we can help – volunteer and/or make a monetary donation.
     
    VOLUNTEER
    NTDT is seeking both attorney volunteers and non-attorney volunteers to assist the day of the DACA workshop. Two trainings will be provided for individuals seeking to volunteer. The first training is scheduled for Saturday, September 9 from 9:30 AM – 12 PM at Mountain View College, 4849 W. Illinois, Dallas, TX 75211. The second training is Monday, September 11 from 7 PM – 9 PM at Equal Justice Center, 1250 W. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 455, Dallas, TX 75247. Please note, there will be one training session for attorneys with no prior immigration experience on September 16, at 8:30 am at Mountain View College. Please register via the attorney link below.   
     
    For immigration attorneys, there are three shifts between 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM.  Please register at: http://tinyurl.com/DACAAttorney
     
    For all other volunteers, there are three shifts between 8 AM – 3 PM.  Please register at: http://tinyurl.com/DACA916Vol
     
    DONATE
    NTDT is accepting monetary donations that will be used to pay the renewal application fees for those in need of financial assistance.  To make a donation, please visit the DEFEND DACA site: http://tinyurl.com/DACA916Donate

    We suggest adding in the message “DACA Application.”
     
    NTDT asks that all donations be made by Friday, September 15 to ensure funds are available for the Mega DACA workshop on Saturday, September 16.

    THANK YOU!
    We thank you in advance for any help you can provide.  Please keep an eye on our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) for more information on how you can be engaged before and after the October 5th deadline. Finally, if you know a DACA recipient who needs to submit a renewal application, please share the following link to register for the workshop on September 16: immi.gr/daca916 
     
    Your friends,
    DHBA

  • Tuesday, September 05, 2017 3:00 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

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    DALLAS HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION
    STATEMENT ON DACA

    September 5, 2017

    Contact: Isaac Faz
    law@isaacfaz.com


    Dallas, TX – Today President Trump ordered the elimination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) and called on Congress to replace the policy with legislation before it expires on March 5, 2018. These are steps in the wrong direction.

    The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (“DHBA”) stands in support of DACA, a policy that has given recipients, who were brought by their parents at a very young age to our great country, work permits, opportunities to seek higher education, and a shield from deportation.

    “DACA has provided a sense of security, allowing students to continue their education that in turn provides them the opportunity to obtain a good job,” stated DHBA President Angelina LaPenotiere. “DACA recipients pay taxes, contribute significant revenue to our local and state economy, all while being ineligible for legal permanent resident status or federal benefits.”

    “The overwhelming number of DACA recipients in Dallas and across the state call Texas home,” stated DHBA President Elect Isaac Faz. “This is the only place they know, the only national anthem they sing, and the only pledge they take.”

    The fate of approximately 800,000 “Dreamers” deserves more than a temporary hiatus during uncertain Congressional deliberations. We, along with businesses across the country, support DACA and will continue to monitor changes to the program.

    DHBA asks Congress to act quickly with compassion and clarity, and asks our President to reconsider his decision. Additionally, the DHBA asks the State of Texas Attorney General to cease any legal proceedings against the United States regarding DACA.

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    The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA) is the leading Hispanic attorney association in North Texas committed to providing a forum through which Hispanic attorneys can come together to exchange ideas and to pursue common goals. DHBA promotes the social, economic, educational, and civic advancement of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area Hispanic community by making the legal system more accessible to the Hispanic community and more responsive to its needs.

  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 2:49 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    You may now purchase tickets and sponsorships for the Annual Event online through the event page.

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 5:25 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    The DHBA has joined the Dallas Bar Association and our Sister Bar Associations condemning the hatred acts in Charlottesville. Our statement can be found here.

  • Monday, August 14, 2017 11:26 AM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    Do you know a corporate counsel who has advanced diversity within the legal profession? Nominate him or her for the DHBA’s Corporate Counsel Diversity Award! The Award honors the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations in improving diversity within the legal profession, and will be presented at the DHBA’s Annual Event – Noche de Luz, on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Nominations should include the name of the individual or organization and a description of his/her/its efforts and accomplishments in improving diversity within the legal profession, as well as additional relevant information as set forth in the Call for Nominations (PDF).

    Nominations will be accepted through September 5, 2017, and should be sent to dallashispanicbar@gmail.com. Please include “Corporate Counsel Award” in the email subject line.

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