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Bernardo Kohler Center

  • Location:
    4009 Bannister Ln
    Suite 240
    Austin, TX 78704
  • Phone:
    (512) 831-4272
  • Fax:
    (512) 661-0326
  • Contact methods:
    Email, Mail/Letter, Phone calls, Website
  • Appointments accepted:

Founded in 2001, the Bernardo Kohler Center (BKC) is a nonprofit organization providing vital legal services to the Texas immigrant community. The BKC focuses on providing services to immigrant victims and vulnerable populations. Our work centers on Special Immigrant Juvenile petitions, Crime Victims (U-Visa applications), Victims of Human Trafficking (T-Visa applications), and Asylum.

Counties served: Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Travis, Williamson, Wilson

Services Provided

Are immigration legal services provided? Yes
Areas of immigration legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, NACARA, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of immigration legal services provided: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
Other areas of legal assistance: Family & Juvenile
Non-legal services: Language services, Referrals to other services
Populations served: Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, Farm workers, Human Trafficking Survivors, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: Arabic, English, Hindi, Nepali, Portuguese, Spanish, Qui'che
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: Yes
Nominal fee charged? Yes

Staffing Information

Number of attorneys on staff: 1
Is organization BIA recognized? Yes
Number of fully accredited BIA representatives on staff: 2
Number of partially accredited BIA representatives on staff: 1
Number of paralegals/legal workers on staff: 2

Additional Details

Pro Bono opportunities? Yes
Network affiliations: Immigration Advocates Network

Administrative Information

Contact Person:
David Walding
(512) 831-4272
Executive Director:
David Walding
(512) 831-4272
Types of contact/attempt: Email
Last contact date: May 17, 2016
Administrator comments: 10/4/12: tickler 6/25/12: updated contact info 11/13/13: tickler 12/12/14: tickler 5/17/16: tickler
IAN Members? Yes
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