Embracing the ideal that all people have a right to equal access to justice, American Gateways provides the legal and educational services immigrants need to navigate our complex immigration system, join our American family, and begin new lives free of torture and abuse. Our clients are asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking, victims of family violence, long-term residents facing removal to their home countries, and DREAMers. Women, men and families from over 75 different countries have been served by American Gateways.

Founded in 1987 as the Political Asylum Project of Austin by attorneys and community leaders, today American Gateways is among the most effective and efficient non-profit providers of immigration legal services in the nation.                          

American Gateways' Is Proud to Recognize this Year's 
Winners of the 2014 Access to Justice Award

The Access to Justice Award is in recognition of the highest caliber immigration legal work done by a pro bono firm or attorney, but it’s also meant to recognize the overall level of involvement in our work over the course of a year.
Award winners were announced May 14, 2014 at American Gateways' 7th Annual Gala. 

Best Pro Bono Attorney of 2014 is Christopher Weimer
AG thanks Chris for his many years of service and collaboration. 
As a litigator with Fulbright and Jaworski, Chris has been a dedicated and long-time member of American Gateways' Pro Bono Panel.  Chris has worked on especially difficult asylum cases involving victims of drug cartels and domestic violence. Chris's legal representation of American Gateways clients, along with his outstanding mentorship of new pro bono attorneys, has increased American Gateways capacity to serve the immigrant community. 

Best Pro Bono Firm of 2014 is Vinson & Elkins
AG thanks Vinson & Elkins for encouraging and supporting the pro bono work of it attorneys.
Vinson & Elkins has been a long-time supporter of American Gateways (AG) and our Pro Bono Program. They have consistently maintained an impressive level of involvement and this year is no exception. Their exemplary work on both individual cases and appeals made it possible for AG to increase our capacity to serve many more immigrants in need of high quality immigration legal services. When we put out the call to work an appeal on a domestic violence case that required an extremely rapid turnaround, V & E accepted the challenge and quickly put together an appellate team. V & E has definitely established a very high bar. AG thanks Vinson & Elkins for their ongoing support.