St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center

We Are Here to Help

This immigration services program started providing service to the community in 2000 under the Vicary for Community Social Service. In 2009 the program took a big step and partnered with Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana and the International Club of Southwest Louisiana. It was established under the name of St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center (St. Frances Cabrini) in 2013. We operate as a nonprofit charitable organization funded by community partnerships, grants, nominal fees, fundraising activities, and tax-deductible contributions to serve and assist the immigrant population in Southwest Louisiana. We will assist all people who come to us, regardless of their age, their gender, their creed, or their home country of origin.

Our mission is to provide social, educational, and legal services to immigrant families. St. Frances Cabrini provides legal services, information, advocacy, referrals, and support for immigrants on issues relating to immigration, employment, citizenship, and social services. We provide comprehensive, professional, and confidential assistance on visa options, immigration, and citizenship status.

Contact Us

Phone: 337-477-0683
Address: 3226 Lake Street, Lake Charles, LA  70601

Business After Hours

On April 12, 2018, International Club of SWLA and St Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center held the all-time favorite fundraiser “Wine & Arts Experience” wine tasting party in the back yard. It was a beautiful evening filled with a pottery show, a painting show, and live music. The spring breeze made beautiful memories for everyone.

In the Community

St. Frances Cabrini participated in SOWELA’s 5th Annual Community Resources Fair on Friday, April 24th, 2018. Held in the Sycamore Student Center from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M., the event was focused on providing assistance to students who may be experiencing problems at home that affect their education. At the Resources Fair, students had an opportunity to visit tables of various organizations ranging from childcare assistance, living assistance, personal development, and financial advice. 

Thank you SOWELA for having us!

Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Inc Training 

Dalia Matheus and Jin Tao went to the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Inc (CLINIC) annual convention in Tucson, Arizona, from May 30 to June 1. Together we were celebrating CLINIC’s anniversary of 30 years in the forefront of protecting immigrants. Congratulations! 

Thank you Jack Holmgran for 26 years of service, and happy retirement!
From left to right: Jaime Soto, Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento; Jeanne Atkinson, Executive Director of CLINIC; Dalia Matheus, Executive Director of St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center; Mother Magda Garcia, Casa Reina Sisters of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Joseph.

Citizenship Ceremony

Saulo Corte was born in Puebla, Mexico. He came to the United States with a work visa in 1998. Mr. Saulo has been working hard and paying taxes since. Mr. Saulo is very active in the community along with his family and friends, he also plays piano in the church. He obtained his citizenship in 2017 after being in the U.S. for 19 years.

Being a U.S. citizen gives Mr. Saulo better opportunities, such as getting a passport. He will register to vote, for he cares about the land of freedom.

Citizenship Ceremony

Congratulations to Ms. Elsa Lazo!  She just became naturalized on June 22, 2018.

Ms. Elsa was on a vacation in the United States from her home, Peru, in 2008. She never would have thought she could meet her love here. But she fell in love with a U.S. citizen and they got married soon after. She has two beautiful children who live in Peru now. Not only is she a mom, Ms. Elsa is also a hard worker. She has worked for a finance company for years. In 2016, she wanted to be a citizen to vote, to go to Peru to visit her children and stay there longer with them. So St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center helped her with the process. After being in the U.S. for 10 years, she is finally a citizen now.

Family Unification

Mr. Samuel McNabb was born and raised in Lake Charles. He met his dream woman, Amalia Legaspi, on his vacation in the Philippines. They fell in love but he had to return to the U.S. alone because Amalia didn’t have a U.S. Visa. Sam found St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center to assist him with the Visa process. They are happily married and currently waiting for her green card.

English as Second Language (ESL) Classes

St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center always finds that there’s a need among newcomers for learning English. This spring, our English classes were held in St. Henry Catholic Church and St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center’s office. Students are from Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Brazil. 


Thank you for your continued support of St. Frances Cabrini and our mission!
Together we are making a difference.

President: Corliss Badeaux
Treasurer: Hilda Rothschild
Executive Director: Dalia Matheus
Officer: Donny Glyenn

Rick Norman 
Father Uchi 
Michael Clifton 
Reverend James Skinner
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