Valley Attorneys Honored for Commitment to Victims of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – August 7, 2014 – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) has honored four Rio Grande Valley attorneys for their commitment to providing free legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The attorneys were among a group of one dozen lawyers recognized at TRLA’s 14th Annual Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Cross-Training Conference in San Antonio. The three-day conference brings together legal aid attorneys and staff from Texas domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers to collaborate on best practices to help victims of violence. The attorneys received their awards at the conference’s closing luncheon on August 7th.

“Without these attorneys there are a countless number of victims who would not have received the help they needed to leave their abusers and protect their families,” said TRLA attorney and conference director Maricarmen Garza.  “It is impossible to describe the value of their work.”

Rio Grande Valley attorneys recognized include:

  • Raul Guajardo of Edinburg
  • Valerie Garcia of Harlingen
  • Elizabeth Valdez Garza of Brownsville
  • Edna Cedillo of Edinburg

Added Garza, “They have saved lives and protected families. On behalf of the people they’ve helped and the children they’ve protected, thank you.”

Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free 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 legal assistance and related educational services. For more information visit


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