• Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2:00 PM | Matthew Phillips


    Dallas Hispanic Bar Association Donates Meals to Three Dallas Area Emergency Hospitals

    Dallas, TX - To contribute to the support of local frontline health care workers during the current COVID-19 crisis, the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA) is donating 150 meals to three of Dallas’ most impacted emergency room hospitals.

    Yesterday, Methodist Dallas Medical Center’s Laura Motta Mena, PhD., Director, Community and Public Relations with Jackie Guzman, welcomed the meals from a local restaurant in Oak Cliff, El Taxqueno Taqueria.

    Pictured: El Taxqueno Taqueria owner Amando Monroy

    Additionally, the DHBA delivered meals to Parkland Hospital, and plans to deliver to emergency medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center. “This is a small gesture of support for all the frontline heroes that are working tirelessly during this pandemic,” stated DHBA President Isaac Faz. “We are more than happy to help thank healthcare workers and support our local restaurants, a win-win. It’s our turn to support them, and the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association and our members say gracias! We hope others in our community will join us by donating, finding a way to give back, to those working to combat the virus, or to help those in need across the DFW area.”

    The small business restaurants participating in DHBA’s donation effort include El Taxqueno Taqueria in Oak Cliff, Sammy’s BBQ in Uptown, and Mama Mia Pasta & Pizza in Deep Ellum.

    Interviews and additional pictures are available upon request.

    Dallas Hispanic Bar Association Purpose:
    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. Follow on social media @DallasHBA

    Contact: Mauricio Navarro

  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:31 PM | Matthew Phillips

    DHBA's President-Elect, Javier Perez, gave an interview to Univision today about changes to unemployment benefits.

    Watch the interview

  • Monday, March 23, 2020 8:13 PM | Matthew Phillips

    Yesterday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a shelter-in-place order for Dallas County, effective tonight through April 3. The Texas Tribune has coverage.

    Below is a summary of the order from Texas State Rep. and DHBA member Victoria Neave.


    • Order applies to every resident of Dallas County, including residents of Mesquite, Garland, and Dallas.


    • Everyone must stay at their place of residence--#StayAtHome.
    • Everyone must practice 6 feet of social distancing when they are outside their residence.
    • You may leave your home ONLY for Essential Activities, to perform Essential Government Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses
    • All businesses, except for Essential Businesses, are required to cease activities; however, businesses can continue to operate with their employees or independent contractors working from home
    • All public gatherings outside the home are prohibited.
    • Restaurants may continue to provide takeout, delivery, or drive-through services.
    • Religious services may only be provided by video and teleconference.
    • Elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited.


    • As of 11:59 pm on Monday, March 23, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 pm on Friday, April 3, 2020


    • Every city in Dallas County, including Mesquite, Garland, and Dallas


    • To save lives and protect the health and safety of our community


    • Activities or tasks essential to one's personal or family's health and safety (For example, getting medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies needed to work from home)
    • To get or deliver essential supplies or services necessary to maintain one's personal or family's safety (For example, buying food, pet supply, household products)
    • To engage in an outdoor activity WHILE COMPLYING with social distancing requirements (Walking, hiking, biking, and running are allowed, if comply with social distancing)
    • To perform work providing essential products and services at an Essential Business.
    • To care for a family member or pet in another household.


    • Essential Healthcare Operations
    • Essential Government Functions
    • Essential Critical Infrastructure
    • Essential Retail
    • Providers of Basic Necessities
    • News Media
    • Childcare Services
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 7:27 PM | Matthew Phillips

     A message from the City of Dallas:

    Given the recent COVID-19 pandemic, and the CDC recommendation that gatherings of more than 50 people be cancelled for 8 weeks, we have elected to suspend the April 25th #MyDallas Citizenship Workshop. Our top priority is the health and safety of residents, and suspending the workshop follows CDC recommendations to practice social distancing to halt the spread of the virus.

    We are closely monitoring the local situation concerning the COVID-19 virus in our area. We will continue to keep you updated regarding the Citizenship Workshop once a new date has been identified.

    We thank you for your understanding.

  • Monday, February 24, 2020 7:35 PM | Matthew Phillips

    The Trump Administration's "public charge" rule goes into effect today.  For over a hundred years, public charge inadmissibility has been narrowly used to identify immigrants who are likely to depend on the government for long-term assistance as their main form of financial support.  U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services would be able to deny such an individual's application for permanent resident (or "green card") status. 

    The new rule drastically expands this long-standing policy by adding specific standards for income, health, age, and English proficiency for new immigrants.  It greatly expands the forms of public assistance that are considered as part of the public charge determination.

    DHBA opposes this new rule, as it fundamentally changes our country from one that welcomes individuals and families who come here to work hard and build a better life for themselves and their communities into one in which all that matters is how much money they have.  It also discourages parents from applying for necessary health and food benefits to which their U.S. citizen children are entitled, punishes potential immigrants for being too old or too young, and prioritizes wealth over community.

    Below are helpful links and key points from the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

    Trump's new Public Charge rule takes effect today (2/24/2020), replacing rules that have been in effect since 1999.

    • The new Public Charge rule affects ONLY persons submitting a visa or green card application today or in the future.  Pending applications already in the pipeline are subject to the "old" rules.
    • Negative consideration of SNAP (food stamps), federal housing benefits, or Medicaid use by adults (pregnant women and kids are NOT counted) will ONLY look at use of those benefits from today forward.  No looking back.
    • Use of benefits by a family member has NO impact on the green card or visa applicant.  ONLY use of the benefits above by the applicant herself is considered.
    • As of today, these policies are the same regardless of whether someone applies from outside the U.S. at a U.S. consulate, or inside the U.S. (there had been a period in which they were inconsistent).

    CPPP has posted new, updated resources, targeted to support workers who help Texans apply for benefits and health insurance.  More will be continued to be posted on Updates for Texas on the "Public Charge" Rule.

    The national Protecting Immigrant Families campaign has updated these materials to share with consumers:

    Public Charge: Does this apply to me?
    Updated February 14, 2020*
    (See how 'public charge' will impact you based on your immigration status, and what you should do – PIF)

    Should I Keep My Kids Enrolled in Health & Nutrition Programs? 
    Updated February 14, 2020*
    (Use this guide to help answer commonly asked questions about how to make good decisions for your family and their health – PIF)

    KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! Public Charge Messages for Community Members
    Updated February 14, 2020*
    (Top messages to share with immigrant communities on the recent changes to public charge – PIF)

    You Have Rights – Protect Your Health 
    Updated October 24, 2019*
    (An overview for mixed-status families when it comes to going to the doctor or enrolling in health insurance – PIF).

    The links above are also available in Spanish, see

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.


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