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 In March 2014, LSP:

Opened 52 cases for legal representation

  • 28 Family Visa cases
  • 9 Naturalization/Citizenship cases
  • 5 VAWA/U-Visa cases (for 7 individuals)
  • 10 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Provided 81 consultations to individuals and families


In March, 2014, LSP closed 53 cases after providing the following benefits:

  • 2 naturalizations
  • 17 grants of lawful permanent residency (green card), 10 of which were based on domestic violence or crime victims cases
  • 4 renewals of residency card
  • 11 approved family visas (a prerequisite to applying for permanent residency)
  • 5 approved U Visas
  • 2 approved VAWAs
  • 1 granted work permit for approved U Visa client
  • 10 approved DACA applicants
  • 1 case review



  • March 8, 2014: Participated in the United Way Volunteer Fair in order to recruit new volunteers.
  •  March 12, 2014: Presented to a BSC Border Immersion Group about LSP services to about 12 people.
  • March 20, 2014: Staff attended training at La Pinon Sexual Assault Services in order to learn tools for effective interviewing of victims.
  •  March 24, 2014: Attended webinar training on trauma-informed interview techniques for interviewing victims of domestic violence and other crimes.
  • March 26, 2014: Attended meeting at the Columbian Mission House in El Paso, TX with other service providers for immigrants to discuss better ways to comprehensively serve the immigrant community.


 In February 2014, LSP:

Opened 38 cases for legal representation

  • 13 Family Visa cases
  • 2 Naturalization/Citizenship cases
  • 16 VAWA/U-Visa cases (for 21 individuals)
  • 7 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • Provided 53 consultations to individuals and families


In February 2013, LSP closed 10 cases after providing the following benefits:

  •        1 naturalization
  •        1 grant of lawful permanent residency (green card), based on a domestic violence (U Visa) case
  •        2 approved family visas (a prerequisite to applying for permanent residency)
  •        1 approved U Visa
  •        1 approved VAWA (benefitting 3 individuals)
  •        2 approved SIJS, for children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected
  •        2 approved DACA applicants


February 13, 2014: Attended brown bag lunch for Family Law Legal Practitioners at District Court.

February 15, 2014: Presented to a BSC Border Immersion Group about LSP services to about 13 people.

February 20, 2014: Attended webinar about obtaining U Visa Certifications from judges.

February 20, 2014: Attended webinar about assisting victims in creating their affidavits with a trauma-informed approach.

February 22, 2014: Presented to a BSC Border Immersion Group about LSP services to about 15 people.

February 26, 2014: Attended a webinar about the new N-400 form


 In January 2014, LSP:

  • Opened 38 cases for legal representation
  • 14 Family Visa cases
  • 1 Naturalization/Citizenship cases
  • 23 VAWA/U-Visa cases (for 31 individuals)
  • 9 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • Provided 68 consultations to individuals and families


In January 2014, LSP closed 19 cases after providing the following benefits:

  • 2 naturalizations
  • 3 grants of lawful permanent residency (green card), two of which were based on crime victim (U Visa) cases
  • 2 approved family visas (a prerequisite to applying for permanent residency)
  • 1 approved LPR card renewal
  • 2 approved U Visas
  • 1 VAWA Approval
  • 2 granted work permits for approved VAWA or U Visa clients
  • 6 approved DACA applicants



  • January 10, 2014: Attended the Domestic Violence Taskforce Meeting at the Dona Ana Sheriff’s Office and discussed potential collaborations.
  • January 14, 2014: Met with representatives of a bible study group to present about LSP services.
  • January 15, 2014: Went to Truth or Consequences to train District Attorney’s Office about U Visas and other immigration options for victims.  About 8 people attended.
  • January 16, 2014: Presented to a BSC Border Immersion Group of about 10 people about LSP services.


 In December 2013, LSP:

  • Opened 35 cases for legal representation
  • 12 Family Visa cases
  • 5 Naturalization cases
  • 7 VAWA/U-Visa cases (for 11 individuals)
  • 10 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals cases
  • 1 Special Immigrant Juvenile Status case
  • Provided 68 consultations to individuals and families


In December 2013, LSP closed 41 cases after providing the following benefits:

  • 3 Family Petition Visas approved
  • 2 Applications for Legal Permanent Residency
  • 6 Applications for Naturalization
  • 1 Application for Citizenship
  • 10 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival approvals
  • 13 U Visas for victims of crime, with work permits
  • 4 Work Permits for Victims (VAWA)
  • 1 SIJS/LPR (Residency for children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by their parents)


December, 2013: Signed grant with the Mexican Consulate in El Paso that awarded the LSP $10,000 to provide legal services to Mexican Citizens.  This grant formalized the referral network between the two entities.


In November 2013, LSP:

  • Opened 37 cases for legal representation
  • 16 Family Visa cases
  • 5 Naturalization cases
  • 9 VAWA/U-Visa cases (for 10 individuals)
  • 7 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals cases
  • Provided 48 consultations to individuals and families


In November 2013, LSP closed 23 cases after providing the following benefits:

  • 3 Family Petition Visas approved
  • 10 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival approvals
  • 6 approved U Visa for victims of crime, with work permits


  •  November 7, 2013: Met with representatives from DMRS in El Paso, TX in order to gather information related to a future Citizenship Fair.
  •  November 9, 2013: Presented to about 25 individuals in a Citizenship class at the Gadsden branch of DACC about naturalization and LSP services.
  • November 9, 2013: LSP office worked together to make a panel for the ACLU-sponsored Border Quilt, which is part of the “Revitalize not Militarize” campaign.
  • November 12, 2013: Met with representatives of Senator Heinrich’s office in order to coordinate resources for future Citizenship Fair.
  • November 13-15, 2013: Entire LSP staff attended 2-day training on Family-based Immigration Law in El Paso, TX, and took a tour of the American Consulate in Cd. Juarez, Mexico.
  • November 15, 2013: Participated in Ad Hoc Committee collaboration to help support a Great Conversation related to immigration at the Nason House on NMSU campus.  About 60 people attended.  LSP was participated in the DACA and Militarization conversations.  At the event, participated in an interview for Telemundo.
  • November 16, 2013: Presented LSP panel of Border Quilt at the ACLU inter-faith rally to bless the quilt.
  • November 18, 2013: Attended inter-agency meeting at the Mexican Consulate in order to better collaborate services with other agencies assisting immigrants in the area.
  • November 19, 2013: Attended radio interview on Spanish-speaking radio station La Gran D 98.7.  Answered immigration-related questions on air.
  • November 20, 2013: Signed contract with the Mexican Consulate that will establish a trust fund for the LSP to be able to more directly serve our clients.
  • November 22, 2013: Presented at the Mexican Consulate open sessions about immigration processes.
  • November 22, 2013: Spoke with CLINIC representative related to DACA program.
  • November 23, 2013: Tabling event at the Convoy of Hope – provided information about LSP services to about 25 people, and LSP services were announced on the radio during the event.
  •  November 23, 2013: Participated in a DACA workshop organized by CAFe.


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Need to contact the Legal Services Program? This is our phone number: (575) 527-0500

Our services are possible through the generous support of: / Nuestros servicios son posibles gracias al generoso apoyo de:

  • The New Mexico Bar Association
  • Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA), Center for Civic Values
  • Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces

The mission of the Legal Services Program (LSP) of Catholic Charities is to be the legal medium through which the foreign-born in the border area can transform their economic, social, and cultural potential into vital economic productivity and effective social and political participation. We accomplish our mission by providing professional immigration legal services to moderate and low-income residents of the ten southern counties of New Mexico.

The LSP offers assistance with family-based petitions, citizenship and naturalization, and other immigration-related services. Currently we provide services from our office in Las Cruces, New Mexico and outreach to other regions within the service area.

Our Legal Services Program offers assistance with family-based petitions, citizenship and naturalization, and other immigration related services including the following:

  • I – 130: Application for residence for immediate relatives
  • N – 400: Application for Naturalization/Citizenship
  • N – 600: Application for Certificate of Citizenship
  • I – 485: Application to Register Permanent Residence
  • I – 751: Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
  • I – 765: Application for Employment Authorization – Work Permit
  • I – 864: Application for Affidavit of Support

I – 90: Application to Replace Alien Registration Card – “Green Card”


Programa de Servicios
Legales de Caridades Católicas (
Click here for a brochure)

Caridades Católicas de la Diócesis de Las Cruces, una organización no lucrativa, a través de su Programa de Servicios Legales ofrece asistencia profesional en asuntos de inmigración para personas de bajos ingresos que viven en los diez condados del sur de Nuevo México.

Nuestro Programa de Servicios Legales ofrece asistencia con peticiones familiares, ciudadanía y naturalización, y otros servicios de inmigración incluyendo los siguientes:

  • I -130: Aplicación de residencia para un familiar inmediato
  • N – 400: Aplicación para naturalización /ciudadanía
  • N – 600: Solicitud de certificado de ciudadanía
  • I – 485: Aplicación para registro de residencia permanente
  • I – 751: Petición para remover las condiciones sobre la residencia
  • I – 765: Aplicación para obtener permiso de trabajo
  • I – 864: Aplicación (afidávit) para carta de sostenimiento
  • I – 90: Aplicación para renovar tarjeta de residencia

Contact the Legal Services Program:

Phone: (575) 527-0500 Fax: (575) 203-9013
Physical Address: Mailing Address:
2215 S. Main, Suite B P.O. Box 1613
Las Cruces, NM 88004 Las Cruces, NM 88004

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    ojala y me pudieran ayudar sobre mi caso, naci en los estados unidos tengo un niño que tambien nacio en los E.U tiene 4 años. hice el tramite para arreglarle recidencia a mi esposo y lo castigaron por 10 años mi pregunta es que ahora con la ley que entrara en vigor en marzo del 2013 para que la familia no este separada por mucho tiempo me beneficiara hoy vivimos en mexico por que mi hijo pide mucho a su papa pero esta perdiendo los beneficios de estudios haya en los estados unidos espero que me puedan ayudar porfavor, gracias.

  2. Admin

    Gracias por su mensaje. Voy a mandar su pregunta a la oficina legal de Caridades Catolicas. Si quieres preguntar directamente, puedes llamar la Cristin Roberts. El numero de la oficina es: (575) 203 1001. Que Dios te lo bengiga. Diacono Tomas

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  16. Admin

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    Puedes llamar a la oficina de Caridades Catolicas Oficina de Inmigracion en el numero 575 527-0500.

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