15 Mar RELEASE: Introducing the Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Contact: Melissa Martinez, Communications Coordinator
Phone: 512.474.5073 ext. 110
Email: melissa@texascivilrightsproject.org

RELEASE: Introducing the Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project

The Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project advocates for, educates, and provides free legal services to empower immigrant victims of abuse in our rural Texas communities.

Austin, TX — For 13 years, the Immigrant Victims Services Program in the Austin office of the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) has worked in rural Central and East Texas to help end the cycle of domestic violence in immigrant families and strengthen our communities.

With every year the need for our services has grown. On September 1, 2017, the program will be graduating from TCRP to become Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project (LSVAP).

Today, the executive directors of TCRP and LSVAP and an LSVAP board member announced the launch of LSVAP and described how the new organization will empower communities where other resources are scarce or non-existent.

Glenaan O’Neil, Executive Director at the Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project, said:

“Make no mistake – domestic violence is a community problem and it requires community solution. LSVAP will work to build a community of experts and stakeholders from across the state to help address the social and legal problems faced by immigrants living with abuse.  

By empowering even the most marginalized members of our community to report the crimes perpetrated against them, we will send a clear message: that violence is not permissible and that all victims should be treated with respect and compassion.”

Mimi Marziani, Executive Director at the Texas Civil Rights Project, said:

We must ensure that our community is receiving the support and services they need. The Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project will fill a gap in providing services and advocacy to immigrant communities in rural Texas. We are proud of this great work and hopeful that together, we can shift minds, hearts, and policy in our state.”

Laura Gomez Horton, Board Member at the Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project, said:

“Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project is starting at a particularly important time, when anti-immigrant rhetoric is producing a climate of fear in our immigrant communities. Lone Star will be actively pushing back against this climate of fear and providing hope along with education, advocacy and empowerment to these communities.”

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The Texas Civil Rights Project uses legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change. In its twenty-five year history, TCRP has brought thousands of strategic lawsuits, defending voting rights, fighting institutional discrimination, and reforming systems of criminal justice. Today — with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and professionals in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley, and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies — TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in the Lone Star State.