Our volunteer network is made up of hundreds of highly-skilled attorneys, doctors, counselors, and other professionals who donate their time and expertise to help us further our mission. This talented group of professional volunteers at American Gateways significantly amplifies the impact of your donation.
American Gateways’ panel of more than 300 volunteer attorneys brings the region’s best legal minds to bear in support of our clients. All pro bono attorneys with American Gateways will have access to one-on-one mentorship, regular trainings, office support, and the latest legal resources. To learn more, sign up below, or contact Bobby Painter
Beyond legal casework, American Gateways has a number of volunteer opportunities, ranging from translation and interpretation services, to administrative work, to psychological counseling and forensic medical exams. To learn more, sign up below, or contact Elizabeth Gerberich.
“I have witnessed firsthand the tremendous positive impact that American Gateways has on the immigrant community in Austin. Working on a number of asylum matters under the guidance of the American Gateways staff has been some of the most meaningful work of my professional career.”
Legal Director, Litigation, Dell, Inc.
“American Gateways is at the forefront of protecting vulnerable immigrants in Central Texas. It is a pleasure to work on pro bono cases for them and to feel supported by their expertise.”
Staff Attorney at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (TRLA)
“I was born in Durango, Mexico and moved to Texas when I was 5 years old with my mother and brother. I grew up in Eagle Pass, TX on the Texas/Mexico border with the most beautiful extended family.
There were difficult family circumstances that forced my mother to leave everything behind and raise my brother and I in the US. My mother knew very little English and had zero knowledge about the legal systems in the US. We were fortunate to have a large and loving family in Texas who helped us financially, emotionally and spiritually
We were also very fortunate to have a legal path to citizenship through my maternal grandmother. Regardless, it was a very long and expensive process. I arrived in the US at age 5 and was granted citizenship my junior year of high school at age 17.
My mother and I are no different from the women and children served by American Gateways. When I think of the sacrifice they make to leave all they know behind and come to the US I think of COURAGE. They are here to make something more for themselves and their families. They want to rewrite their stories.
There is no way my mom and I would have made it through without the support and compassion of others and I want to pay it forward. American Gateways is providing me that opportunity. Every document I translate is someone’s past being translated for their new future.”
American Gateways Volunteer