Vance Center Organizes Launch of Keep Families Together Network in Mexico

January 2022

Keep Families Together (KFT) held a launch ceremony for its “Red Familias Unidas-México” network. This includes the regional chapters of three major Mexican bar associations, expanding the existing network beyond Mexico City and other major cities.

Understanding the importance of Mexico’s role in the regional migration crisis, the Vance Center and its pro bono clearinghouse affiliates in the Pro Bono Network of the Americas  created this sub-network to meet the need for greater legal resources to support KFT throughout Mexico. By enlisting the support of the three major bar associations in Mexico—Asociación Nacional de Abogados de Empresa (ANADE)Barra Mexicana de Abogados (BMA) and Ilustre & Nacional Colegio de Abogados de México (INCAM) — the sub-network will grant KFT access to lawyers in locations where separated children and families from Mexico and other countries need the help.

This participation by the bar associations’ regional chapters complements the pro bono legal services already provided by corporate law firms in Mexico City and other major cities, expanding Red Familias Unidas-México’s national reach.

Over 60 interested Mexican lawyers joined the launch event, which featured opening remarks by Centro Mexicano Pro Bono Board President Andrés Nieto and Vance Center Committee Member and Latin America Sub-Committee Co-Chair Verónica Rodríguez.

The Vance Center, Appleseed México, Centro Mexicano Pro Bono & Fundación Barra Mexicana will co-coordinate the sub-network in Mexico.