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Oscar Emilio Alfaro Albarran

  • Hosted by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.
  • Sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Service location Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Law school The University of Texas School of Law
  • Issue area Domestic Violence, Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Oscar (he/him/his) will focus on attaining safety for low-income immigrant survivors of violence in the Coastal Bend by conducting outreach and through direct legal representation centered on preventing international child abduction.

Recently the number of Spanish-speaking immigrants in the suburban and rural areas of the Coastal Bend in Texas has increased. Many of these immigrants are families who experienced violence in their home country, migrated to the US in search of safety, and now face criminal complaints filed by the abusive partner left behind. Others are victims or subject to threats of abduction of their children by abusive parents. Due to language barriers and the lack of information about legal remedies, many have limited access to justice, making them extremely vulnerable to these abuses that disproportionately harm immigrant communities and their children.

Fellowship Plans

During his Fellowship, Oscar will provide legal services in English and Spanish to immigrants facing violence, focusing on obtaining protective orders, custody, divorce, and, ultimately, litigating international children abduction cases. He will also educate immigrant communities and partner agencies about remedies specifically available for immigrant violence survivors. Finally, Oscar will build community partnerships to develop and disseminate resources to immigrant survivors of abuse.

Oscar’s experience as a child, his family roots divided between Mexico and the US, and a double law degree in Mexico and the United States inspired him to seek justice for those whose lives and family ties transcend borders.

Having experienced as a kid the angst of abruptly moving to another country due to domestic disputes between my parents, and as a Mexican marked by both sides of the border, I am honored and eager to help bring relief to those families and children who embark on transnational odysseys in search of safety.

Oscar Emilio Alfaro Albarran /
2023 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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