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Every year, thousands of people face detention and the threat of deportation in the Rio Grande Valley. ProBAR is here to help.

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ProBAR: Work that Matters,
a Team that Inspires.
See why we live and work in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Every year, thousands of people face detention and the threat of deportation in the Rio Grande Valley. ProBAR is here to help.

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Do you want to bring your passion, skills, and experiences to an organization dedicated to empowering immigrants? Join our team!

Seeking Protection

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For many migrants seeking safety and opportunity, South Texas is the first stop in their immigration journey.

Whether children, adults, or families, they have traveled to the United States from countries around the world as changing circumstances at home affect their security and stability. Many arrive at our border seeking protection from violence and persecution. They face tremendous obstacles to winning immigration relief. Access to legal information and representation give them a chance to gain safety and stability in the United States and begin contributing to our society in myriad ways.

Photo of Rio Grande River. During FY 2022, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered 468,124 migrants in the Rio Grande Valley.
Photo of man in court in front of judge. Texas is ranked 39th in the country for representation of asylum seekers, with just 30.7% of asylum seekers represented in their cases.
Photo of two hands shaking. People who seek asylum in court win their cases 49% of the time, a rate 2.5 times higher than asylum seekers who are not represented in court.
Sources:
[1] U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (2022). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Encounters Nationwide, Southwest Land Border, and Northern Land Border Encounters by Fiscal Year (FY) [Table]. In Nationwide Encounters. https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/nationwide-encounters
[2] TRAC, Syracuse University. (2022). Individuals in Immigration Court by Their Address Pending Cases With and Without Attorneys [Table]. https://trac.syr.edu/phptools/immigration/addressrep/
[3] TRAC, Syracuse University. (2022). Speeding Up the Asylum Process Leads to Mixed Results. Retrieved January 6, 2023, from https://trac.syr.edu/reports/703/
Photo of Rio Grande River. During FY 2022, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered 468,124 migrants in the Rio Grande Valley.
Photo of man in court in front of judge. Texas is ranked 39th in the country for representation of asylum seekers, with just 30.7% of asylum seekers represented in their cases.
Photo of two hands shaking. People who seek asylum in court win their cases 49% of the time, a rate 2.5 times higher than asylum seekers who are not represented in court.
Sources:
[1] U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (2022). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Encounters Nationwide, Southwest Land Border, and Northern Land Border Encounters by Fiscal Year (FY) [Table]. In Nationwide Encounters. https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/nationwide-encounters

[2] TRAC, Syracuse University. (2022). Individuals in Immigration Court by Their Address Pending Cases With and Without Attorneys [Table]. https://trac.syr.edu/phptools/immigration/addressrep/

[3] TRAC, Syracuse University. (2022). Speeding Up the Asylum Process Leads to Mixed Results. Retrieved January 6, 2023, from https://trac.syr.edu/reports/703/

What We Do

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ProBAR empowers immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley through high-quality legal information, representation, and connections to services. ProBAR provided legal services to more than 31,000 people during 2022.

What We Do

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ProBAR empowers immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley through high-quality legal information, representation, and connections to services. ProBAR provided legal services to more than 31,000 people during 2022.

What We Do

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ProBAR empowers immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley through high-quality legal information, representation, and connections to services. ProBAR provided legal services to more than 26,000 people during 2021.

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Inform

We provide information that empowers people to navigate the immigration system and make informed decisions about their cases.

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Represent

We represent and assist immigrants to pursue their cases and present their claims against deportation under U.S. law.

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Connect

We connect people with the legal and social services resources they need to pursue their immigration cases successfully.

Testimonials

News & Updates

  1. Photo of celebrants at ProBAR's Year of Service celebration

    Winter Cohort of Student Volunteers Make An Impact

    ProBAR would like to send a warm thank you to the amazing group of student volunteers that called our offices home earlier this month.

  2. Winter 2023 Bulletin

    In our final bulletin of the year, read how we lived out our mission in 2023, how we responded to the Brownsville tragedy last May, and how are planning for a healthier ProBAR in 2024.  

Get Involved

Donate to ProBAR

ProBAR’s work changes lives. Your generous gift helps adults, families, and children access the critical legal services they need to navigate the immigration system. Thank you for your support!

Do you want to use your passion, skills, and experiences to empower immigrants?

Learn more about opportunities with ProBAR’s team of committed advocates.

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2 out of 5 migrants detained at the border begin their immigration process in the Rio Grande Valley

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80% of detained
immigrants face court alone

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Immigrants are 5 times more likely to be granted relief with an attorney’s help

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