Understanding our Work
Since its founding, the United States of America has been synonymous with three basic tenets: freedom, justice, and opportunity. Human Rights Initiative of North Texas serves clients everyday with those same three values. HRI offers free legal representation to those victims who are most vulnerable and, often times, completely invisible to the current justice system. We have come to recognize the work we do as forging a path to safety, liberty, and opportunity for immigrant victims of violence.
All of HRI’s clients are immigrant survivors of human rights abuses either internationally or domestically. Their stories vary and their circumstances differ, but in the end each is faced with a decision to flee the violent situation or stay and face almost certain death. If they choose to flee, often times they leave with little to nothing to help them start a new life and are faced with financial, cultural, lingual, transportation, and legal barriers. Through professional legal services, HRI is able to help these individuals overcome at least one of these hurdles: immigration status. Human Rights Initiative assists our clients in gaining access to protections made available through the U.S. Immigration System.
Our Mission: HRI of North Texas provides legal and support services to refugees and immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses; advocates for justice; and promotes international human rights.
Our work with this immigrant population fills a crucial gap in services and offers survivors a way out of their traumatic and violent pasts.
Our Vision: To see a world in which abuse, torture, assault, or other forms of violence are no longer used as tools to overpower and control any human being.
Our Model: Human Rights Initiative is proud of our innovative and efficient model to provide the maximum amount of services with the lowest cost to donors. Our legal services are always 100% free to the client. We are able to do this through a large, award-winning network of volunteer professionals who donate their time to help our cause. In turn, HRI offers free training and support to the professionals as they work on each legal case. This model allows us to assist over 450 clients each year.