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Maria Vazquez

  • Hosted by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
  • Sponsored by Disaster Resilience Program
  • Service location Houston, Texas
  • Law school South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Issue area Disaster Recovery, Disaster Response and Preparedness
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program Disaster Resilience Program

The Project

Maria assisted individuals affected by disasters with their immigration legal needs.

Texas is home to more than 4.2 million immigrants. At least 1.4 million of those immigrants live in the Houston metropolitan area. During disasters, the immigrant population is usually disproportionally affected. Maria’s Fellowship project aimed to ensure that immigrants living in the Harris County area had access to immigration legal services to assist them in the disaster recovery and preparedness process.

Maria comes from an immigrant family. The drive for her to advocate for the immigrant population comes from watching the struggles faced daily by her family and community.

Fellowship Plans

To address the disaster recovery and preparedness needs of the immigrant community in Houston, Maria’s project had four components: (1) community outreach and legal education, (2) legal screening and intake, (3) individual representation, and (4) training and referral with legal and social services providers.

Maria previously served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Disaster Recovery Legal Corps.


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