UM Crisis

This page no longer is being updated regularly, but please contact us if you are looking for more information or would like to help – while the major crisis has subsided, unaccompanied minors continue to arrive regularly at our border.

On this page the Hispanic Issues Section will maintain a listing of trainings and volunteer opportunities around the state regarding the unaccompanied minor crisis.  If you have a training or volunteer opportunity you would like to see on this page, or any other comments, please email us!

The State Bar of Texas has created a comprehensive resource page that is also going to be updated constantly, and contains additional resources and information about training and volunteer opportunities, as well as information regarding the organizations, firms and individuals working together to address this crisis.  The Hispanic Issues Section applauds the State Bar and its leaders for their tremendous commitment and assistance.  See the State Bar of Texas resource page here.

Trey Apffel, President of the State Bar of Texas, addressed this crisis in the opinion page of the October 2014 Texas Bar Journal.  See President Apffel’s note here.  

In addition, Chief Justice Nathan Hecht of the Texas Supreme Court has called on attorneys to volunteer to assist in this crisis.  See the video here.


Online Training Videos and Materials


Training and Volunteer Opportunities

View upcoming training and volunteer opportunities by area of the state.

Statewide / Nationwide

  • Training Opportunities:
    • Texas – Poverty Law Section – State Court Proceedings for SIJS Predicate Filings – Friday, November 7, Noon – Event Concluded
  • Volunteer Opportunities:
    • Texas – American Immigration Laywers Association – Services to Families at Karnes Detention Center – Survey / Sign Up
    • Texas – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Pro Bono Immigration Referral Network – All Types of Cases – Sign Up
    • Texas – State Bar of Texas Volunteer Signup Form – Sign Up
    • Nationwide – ProBAR Children’s Project – Immigrant Children’s Assistance Project – Screening and Removal Cases – More Info

Border Area / Rio Grande Valley

  • Training Opportunities:
  • Next Volunteer Opportunity: Coming soon!


Dallas / Fort Worth

El Paso

  • Next Training Opportunity: Coming soon!
  • Next Volunteer Opportunity: Coming soon!


San Antonio


Donate to Programs Addressing Crisis

Visit the website of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation to learn how to donate to projects statewide.