Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project provides advocacy, education, and free legal services for immigrant victims of abuse. By improving the resources available to abused immigrants, we can empower victims to leave abusers and reduce the amount of domestic violence in rural Texas communities.
- What is the mission of your organization?: Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project's mission is to educate, advocate for, and provide free legal services to empower abused immigrants living in rural Texas.
- How long have you been operating in Austin? We opened our doors on September 1, 2017.
- How do you measure success? LSVAP measures success in the amount of clients we serve, and the ways we're able to improve resources for and responses to immigrant survivors living in under-resourced rural areas. Since opening our doors to clients in 2017, we've served nearly 1600 people and successfully advocated for more than 30 law enforcement agencies across the state to take on best practice policies for working with immigrant survivors.
- What is one goal that your organization has for the upcoming year? In 2019, LSVAP hopes to be able to expand our support services to include regular counseling for more of our legal clients, and to organize another conference for immigrant service providers.
- Name a milestone that your organization has recently achieved or overcome. Why was this so important? Last year, LSVAP was able to incorporate a social services component into the legal work that we do. This allows us to ensure that our clients are able to access free bilingual counseling and case management services, so that they are empowered through the legal process and to truly promote healing.
- What is an interesting fact about your org that most people don't know about? Our team of 5 serves over 30% of the state of Texas.
- Why did you join YNPN Austin? How do you feel that YNPN can benefit your employees? We joined YNPN so that LSVAP's employees can have access to the professional development supports available through YNPN.