Legal Aid Receives Technological Support from Local Bar Foundation

EL PASO, Texas – May 17, 2011 – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) has received a grant from the El Paso Bar Foundation to support its Building Efficiency through Technology (BET) Project and upgrade office technology to better serve low-income Texans.

The financial support will be used to update computer office equipment in TRLA’s El Paso office. The upgrades will increase office productiveness and the quality and quantity of legal services provided to low-income Texans in the El Paso area.

“The support of the El Paso Bar Foundation comes at a critical time,” said TRLA El Paso branch manager Alberto Mesta. “Many of our advocates have to use aging technology that makes it difficult to work efficiently and help as many people as possible.”

The El Paso Bar Foundation’s support comes as budget cuts are forcing legal aid organizations to make critical decisions on expenses. In prioritizing costs, technological upgrades are often overlooked or postponed, forcing advocates to work with equipment that urgently needs to be replaced.

“Last year we helped more than 3,100 low-income El Pasoans with their civil legal needs,” added Mesta.  “With these upgrades, we hope to help even more during a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet.”

Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety and stability of low-income Texas residents by providing high-quality civil legal assistance and related educational services.

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