Those Served

Immigration Legal Services Program

During the 2017 calendar year:

  • Conducted over 905 consultations for prospective clients, at least 120 of which were for victims of abuse or other crimes
  • Opened 186 Family-Based cases
  • Opened 84 VAWA / U-visa cases (immigrant victims of violent crimes) for 101 individuals – certain cases contain several family members within the same file
  • Opened 134 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cases
  • Opened 33 Citizenship and Naturalization cases
  • Opened 1 Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases
  • Opened 19 Defense of Deportations cases
  • Opened 28 Bond Request cases
  • Opened 3 Asylum cases


Public Assistance and Emergency Aid Program

Catholic Charities is committed to helping those in need regardless of their faith, belief, gender, immigration status, ethnicity or cultural background.

In 2017-2018 some examples of public assistance include:

  • Successful re-unification of immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S. and Mexico border after they were sent to shelters throughout the United States
  • Successful release of a detained 10-year old Laredo, Texas girl who has cerebral palsy and was arrested by Customs and Border Patrol at a check point as she was being rushed in an ambulance to the hospital for emergency gall bladder surgery
  • Successful release of a 21-year old pregnant El Salvadoran asylum seeker who was having complications due to incarceration and about to be deported (plane trip would have been fatal to her unborn child)
  • Provided over 50 local homeless high school students with temporary shelter, food, medical care, and clothes including two brothers, ages 14 and 16, from Sunland Park who stayed as our guests at a hotel from Thanksgiving through mid-January
  • Purchased food, clothes, and Christmas presents for a Fairacres, New Mexico family after the mother and father lost their jobs
  • Established a Defense of Deportation program to provide legal services to asylum seekers who have been detained in southern New Mexico and West Texas detention facilities and are awaiting deportation
  • Financially supported an Alamogordo family of seven so the family would not be evicted from their home as their father underwent cancer treatments
  • Purchased clothes, school supplies, and paid dormitory expenses so a homeless student could attend New Mexico State University

We receive many phone calls and requests for direct assistance like these daily.   By supporting Catholic Charities you are allowing us to help New Mexicans in need, making a difference in the world one individual and family at a time…