Opening Doors International Services, Inc. was established in April 2003 in response to an immigration crisis that affected a member of the congregation of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Denton. The congregation responded to the needs of one of its members with great compassion [read the full story here]. At the time, no legal assistance for immigrants existed in Denton County. Church volunteers underwent training in immigration law and procedures, made possible by a grant received from The Women's Birthday Fund and from the Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Today, our people remain very involved with the community at a grass roots level, and have implemented humanitarian programs in order to educate and assist an increasing number of people in need. Staff who are accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals provide immigration legal advice to clients and prepare cases for submission to USCIS, and volunteers assist with a myriad of tasks necessary to our daily operations. We also rely on the consistant support of Counsel Who Care (www.counselwhocare.com), a network of attorney's who provide pro-bono and low-bono assistance to us. Together with additional professional affiliations like CLINIC, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, we are able to provide expert legal assistance to clients regardless of financial limitations.
In addition, we collaborate with the Anthropology Department at UNT, as well as other UNT and TWU departments, and work with students to help build their understanding and skills. Recent interns have come from the Sociology, International Studies, Criminal Law, Women's Studies, and Anthropology departments.
Our Board consists of educators, business owners, clergy, at least a CPA and an immigration attorney, and some of the original founders of Opening Doors. You can review our periodic report to the United States of Justice's Office of Legal Access Programs by clicking on our logo above to the left.
Currently we need volunteers who speak foreign languages, and who can dedicate a minimum of 4 hours/week with a 6 month commitment. Internships are also available! Please call us at (940) 382-0096.