The mission of the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) is to promote racial, social, and economic justice through litigation, education, and social services for low/moderate-income persons least able to defend themselves. TCRP strives to foster equality, secure justice, ensure diversity, and strengthen low/moderate-income communities in Texas.
TCRP was founded in 1990 as part of Oficina Legal del Pueblo Unido, a non-profit community-based foundation located in South Texas. In addition to our statewide office in Austin, we have offices in South Texas, El Paso, Houston, and Midland/Odessa.
Since its beginning, TCRP has achieved substantial systemic gains in ensuring justice for Texans of limited means and income. TCRP uses education and litigation to make structural change in areas such as voting rights, police and border patrol misconduct, sex discrimination, employment bias, privacy, disability rights, grand jury discrimination, traditional civil liberties (i.e. free speech), and Title IX in secondary education. TCRP also conducts a program under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and provides social and legal services to low/moderate-income victims of domestic violence.
“The work of the Texas Civil Rights Project is critical in the struggle to bring about justice and equality in Texas.” — César Chávez
Fr. Frank Sabatté of University Catholic Center sculpted a memorial bust of César Chávez for the Michael Tigar Human Rights Center, home of TCRP. Fr. Sabatté donated his time and talent.
Materials were donated by these representatives of the legal profession and political leaders:
Prof. Michael A. Olivas (University of Houston Law Center)
Augustina H. Reyes (University of Houston)
Jorge G. Pineda (Attorney, Austin)
Prof. Olga Moya (South Texas College of Law)
Judge Orlinda Naranjo (Travis County Court at Law)
Prof. Jorge Ramírez (Texas Tech University School of Law)
Judge Gisela D. Triana (Travis County Court at Law)
Sen. Mario Gallegos, Jr. (Houston)
Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos (Austin)
Lulu Flores (Attorney, Austin)
The Hendler Law Firm (Austin)
Judge Mario E. Ramírez, Jr. (Hidalgo County District Court)
Judge Noé González (Hidalgo County District Court)
Chief Justice Rogelio Valdez (Corpus Christi Court of Appeals)
Judge Áda Flores
César was a great inspiration to us all, and his example motivated many to public service, community organizing, and human rights work. We hope his memorial here at the Project will inspire likewise the many volunteers and law interns who dedicate their time to work with us.
Fr. Sabatté’s other work my be viewed at: www.sabatte-arts.com