• Friday, February 21, 2020 1:47 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    Bilingual event flyers (PDF)

    DHBA is happy to announce that we are partnering again with the City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs (WCIA) and other community organizations in hosting another #MyDallas Citizenship Workshop on Saturday, April 25th, 2020 at the J. Erik Jonsson Dallas Public Library.

    We hope that you will consider volunteering your time and talent at this year's Workshop.  We are aiming to nearly double the number of applicants we serve at this year's Workshop, so we will need lots of help. I am attaching the flyer for the recruitment of volunteers. Please help us to circulate it!

    If you are able to volunteer on April 25th, please confirm by contacting both Carlos Campos with the City of Dallas ( or (214) 670-5336)) AND Patricia Freshwater with the DHBA (, so that DHBA can track it's volunteers.

    DHBA has committed to provide 10 attorney volunteers for this great event.  Please help us meet our goal!

    Training sessions for volunteers are identified on the volunteer recruitment flyer. However, if you volunteered last year, you are not required to attend a training.

    We hope to hear from you soon!

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 2:52 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    Flyer for workshop in Spanish and English (PDF)

    Catholic Charities is hosting a free DACA workshop for our DACAmented community members on January 2, 2019, when many students with DACA will be in town for the holidays.

    The time to help individuals with DACA is NOW.  The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case regarding the future of the program, and it is entirely possible that the Court will allow DACA to end by early summer.  Please help individuals in need renew now!

    Please register as a volunteer here:

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2019 8:05 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    Event flyer (PDF)

    The City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities & Immigrant Affairs Needs You To Help Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens!

    Help immigrants in Dallas to achieve the American Dream!
    Interested in helping? Contact: (214) 671-5087
    Join us for one of the following volunteer training sessions.

    • Thursday, October 10, 6 pm - 8 pm
    • Saturday, October 12, 10 am - 12 pm
    • Thursday, October 17, 6 pm - 8 pm
    • Saturday, October 19, 10 am - 12 pm
    • Thursday, October 24, 6 pm - 8 pm
    • Saturday, October 26, 10 am - 12 pm

    This 90-minute course covers several topics including:

    • naturalization requirements and process
    • steps to complete each part of the N-400 application
    • how to mail the N-400 application
    • preparation for the naturalization interview

    The citizenship workshop will be held on Saturday, November 9.

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2019 8:04 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    The need for legal assistance in Dallas for immigrants in removal proceedings who fear persecution in their home countries is at an all-time high. To help meet this need, local immigration attorneys and non-profit organizations have been collaborating to organize Pro Se Asylum Clinics. These clinics are very much in need of additional volunteers, particularly Spanish-speaking volunteers, both attorneys and non-attorneys, and we ask all of our DHBA members to consider taking a day to volunteer. 

    Volunteers at the clinic will first be trained on a Thursday evening and will then assist immigrants in completing their applications for asylum during the Saturday clinic. This is a discrete, one-day volunteer opportunity, which would be perfect for attorneys who want to help immigrants in need but are not able to take on an asylum claim for full representation before an Immigration Judge.  

    Here is some more information on the clinic:

    The clinic schedule’s is posted at under the Outreach tab. 

    The upcoming schedule is as follows:
    • Thursday, Sep. 12th, 6:30-8:30, Volunteer Training for Pro Se Asylum Clinic, Law Office of Paul S. Zoltan, 8610 Greenville Ave., Suite 100, Dallas 75243
    • Saturday, Sep. 14th, 10:00-4:00, Pro Se Asylum Clinic, RAICES, Midway Tower, 4230 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy #225, Dallas 75244
    • Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30-8:30, Volunteer Training for Pro Se Asylum Clinic, Law Office of Paul S. Zoltan, 8610 Greenville Ave., Suite 100, Dallas 75243
    • Saturday, Nov. 9th, 10:00-4:00, Pro Se Asylum Clinic, RAICES, Midway Tower, 4230 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy #225, Dallas 75244

    Please email Carol Weinstein at to register for the training and volunteer at the clinic.

    Volunteer opportunities include:

    • Assisting clinic participants in preparing an application for asylum during the Saturday clinic
    • Translating documents: If you are fluent in Spanish and can assist with translating original documents such as birth certificates and police reports, please email Melissa Kenfield at This aspect of the project is done entirely through email.  
    • Conducting technical review of the applications to correct any errors before filing 
    • Assisting the pick-up and filing of the application packets one month after the clinic is held: 1) Review with participants from the earlier clinic corrections to any mistakes that technical review has revealed; 2) Copy the applications and address envelopes for filing; and 3) Prepare (that is, print, number, copy, and tab) or help to prepare packets of documents pertaining to relevant patterns of human rights abuses.
  • Friday, June 28, 2019 12:52 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    Today the United States Supreme Court agreed to decide the legality of ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The case, Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, will be argued at the Supreme Court term beginning this fall. The Supreme Court's decision is expected by June 2020.


  • Tuesday, May 07, 2019 8:08 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)
    The Dallas County Criminal District Attorney has issued a notice regarding fingerprint misidentification by a now-deceased Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy.
  • Thursday, May 02, 2019 4:45 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    Saturday plans? Go vote.

    Friendly reminder. Saturday, May 4th is Election Day. There are critical races including the elections for the new Mayor of Dallas, Dallas City Council, DISD school board, and the DCCCD bond election.

    On Saturday, the last day to vote, you must vote at your precinct. Did you know early vote turnout in Dallas County was just under 6%? Your vote counts. Be heard. Vote.

    Forgot where your precinct is located? Visit Dallas County’s Voter Lookup.  

    Do not know who is on your ballot? After you submit your information on the voter lookup you should be able to see your precinct location and a sample ballot.

    Have a question about your voter registration? Call Dallas County’s voter registration office at (214) 819-6389.

    Need more information about locations, early voting data, or want to follow results? Visit

    Here are other helpful links:

  • Thursday, April 04, 2019 9:43 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    As many of our members may have heard, on April 3, 2019, Immigration & Customs Enforcement conducted a raid of a telecommunications repair company in Allen Texas. Close to 300 immigrants were arrested by ICE while working at the company. Some have been processed and released, while others are still being held.

    On Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 1-5 pm, Catholic Charities will be hosting a workshop to assist the immigrant families impacted by the raid.  The workshop will be held from 1 pm-5 pm at:
    Chase Oaks Family Center
    1896 K Avenue, Suite 200
    Plano, TX 75074

    A Know Your Rights Presentation will be held from 1 pm-2 pm.  A Family Preparedness workshop will be held from 2 pm-5 pm, and individual immigration screenings to offer brief legal advice will also be held from 2 pm-5 pm.

    Attorneys are needed to staff all three components of the workshop.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up using this link.  Please contact Nubia Torres at and Patricia Freshwater at with any questions.

  • Friday, February 08, 2019 2:00 PM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)


    We are excited to partner with the Dallas Bar Association to sponsor a very special CLE trip to Mexico City! Several folks have expressed interest and we want to make sure everyone knows that YOU MUST REGISTER BY MARCH 1, 2019.

    Take a minute to look at the itinerary – this trip is put together especially for us and we want as many of our members to go as possible. In addition to the history, food, and sightseeing, there is a special service opportunity to aid individuals at a local refugee lodging program.

    We hope to see you there!

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 11:16 AM | Matthew Phillips (Administrator)

    Dear Friends and Colleagues,

    I am both inspired and humbled to begin our year as the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association President.  This year we celebrate DHBA's 50th Anniversary.  I am very mindful of the legacy of this organization and all the great work done by those who have served in the past.  I want to thank all of you who have supported our work in various capacities and invite you to become even more engaged as we embark on a genuinely ambitious set of priorities this year.  

    Our new Board of Directors is made up of exceptionally talented advocates with a demonstrated commitment to public service.  I can assure you that we will be doing all we can to make an impact in our profession and community.  We would like to welcome:

    • President Javier Perez
    • President-Elect Isaac Faz
    • Vice-President Elsa Manzanares
    • Treasurer Claudia M. Guerrero-Nava
    • Secretary Tricia Freshwater
    • Director Hon. Jaime Resendez 
    • Director Carla Green
    • Director Joe Carreon

    I invite you to join us at our upcoming events and to get involved with one of our fantastic committees.  I look forward to working with each of you this year as we continue the important work before us.


    Javier Perez
    DHBA President

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