UT law students travel to Valley for Pro Bono projects


POSTED: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 6:05pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 10, 2014 - 9:10am

During their fifth annual January Pro Bono trip, dozens of UT law students are putting their education into action by working on several projects throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

One group is stationed at the South Texas Civil Rights Project office in Alamo where they are going through countless petitions for women filing for legal residency under the Violence Against Women Act.

"We're specifically helping to translate some of the documents that we hope will be included in these victims' applications for legal status," explained Olga Medina, a UT law student.

The group of law students that are translating pages and pages of documents aren't receiving any course credit for their work.  They're here to make an impact and help women who are victims of domestic abuse.

"It's a very empowering act because just from reading a lot of these stories that these women that we're helping have been through a lot of emotional and physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their partners," Medina said.

Across the Valley, additional students are also putting their efforts into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Project.

"A much larger set of student volunteers is working throughout the Rio Grande Valley area to help immigrant students who are applying for legal status and doing various other volunteer activities," said Medina.

The group of students will finish their Pro Bono trip tomorrow before returning to Austin.


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