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Conference for Advocates of Abuse Survivors Opens in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — The 17th annual conference for advocates of sexual assault and domestic violence survivors got off to a strong start with high-profile speakers and sessions on topics ranging from family law to training for people who hope to become expert witnesses in civil and criminal cases. The first welcome speech at the Legal Alliance […]

Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen to Give Annual Conference Keynote

April 13, 2017, SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen – who has spent much of her career advocating for sexual assault survivors – will give the keynote address at the upcoming annual conference for advocates of sexual and domestic violence survivors. “Survivors deserve justice, and they deserve a system that treats […]

Annual Conference to Feature New “Expert Witness” Training

March 10, 2017 SAN ANTONIO, Texas — This year’s annual Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cross-Training Conference will feature an entirely new program — training in how to effectively provide expert testimony in civil and criminal cases involving sexual assault and domestic violence. Margaret Bassett, director of the Expert Witness Programs at UT-Austin’s Institute on […]

LASSA Attorneys Negotiate Custody for Abused Wife and Mother

Feb. 6, 2017 DALLAS — Within several weeks of taking on the case of a mother who reported that she was repeatedly abused by her husband, LASSA attorneys Daniel Van Sant and Lauren Johnson negotiated a key favorable decision in Tarrant County family court. Their client, who has two young children, was at risk of […]

Income Eligibility for LASSA Clients Revised

Jan. 27, 2016 AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court earlier th is month revised the income eligibility requirements for sexual assault survivors seeking free civil legal aid from LASSA. In response to a request from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF), the Court on Jan. 17 issued an order requiring that victims living […]

New Dallas Office Will Serve Clients in Northwest Counties

Nov. 4, 2016 DALLAS, TEXAS — LASSA attorneys and staff have been serving clients in northwest Texas for months already, but in coming weeks, they will get a real home in an office on Mockingbird near Love Field. For the next weeks, attorneys and staff will move in furniture and generally set up shop, getting […]

In the News: Letters to the Editor

LASSA staff recently sent several Letters to the Editor to newspaper throughout our service area about the recent injustices in the news for survivors of sexual assault. You can read the letters at the links below: Help for Sexual Assault Survivors Dallas Morning News, July 2nd Free Legal Services for Sexual Assault Victims El Paso […]

Join the Movement: #LASSACanHelp

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)’s Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault (LASSA) Project is off to an amazing start. So far in 2016, the Project has added several new partners in our expanded service area and taken part in its first shelter conference for advocates of victims of family violence. And we’re inviting you […]

16th Annual Shelter Conference Held in San Antonio

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) was proud to welcome advocates from across the state to San Antonio for the 16th Annual Legal Alliance for Survivors of Abuse Cross-Training Conference. Held from May 4-6th at the Omni Colonnade, the conference brought together TRLA attorneys and advocates from our partner agencies throughout our service area to discuss […]