Casa de Proyecto Libertad
113 N. 1st Street
Casa de Proyecto Libertad was founded in 1981 to provide legal defense and advocacy for detained Central American immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. Proyecto Libertad has evolved from a Central American legal services project into a community-based organization dedicated to serving immigrant families living in the Rio Grande Valley.
The mission of Proyecto Libertad is to promote and defend the human rights of immigrant families in the Rio Grande Valley through legal defense and community organizing. PL believes that all persons – clients, members, the greater public, and PL employees – deserve to be respected, live with dignity, and enjoy well-being.
As a Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") -accredited organization, Casa de Proyecto Libertad provides quality, low-cost legal defense:
- To help battered immigrant women and their children find safety and independence through obtaining lawful immigration status;
- To reunite immigrant families and to defend them against deportation;
- To provide families fleeing natural disaster and war an opportunity for a new life in the U.S.; and
- To assist long-term immigrants to become U.S. citizens.
Through community organizing, Proyecto Libertad facilitated the birth of, and provides support and direction to, the Movimiento del Valle Por Los Derechos Humanos (Valley Movement for Human Rights), a grassroots human rights network in the Rio Grande Valley. Proyecto Libertad organizes immigrant parents and their children in the Movimiento so that they can:
- Learn their civil and human rights through our Human Rights School;
- Make their rights count and make their voices heard by participating in our Human Rights Action Network; and
- Grow and develop themselves with our Human Rights Leaders Program.