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


Ms. Yudania Alvarez Zamora came to the United States with her mother as refugees from their home country of Cuba in January of 2015. Over a year later, when she came to us for assistance, she was able to get a job. As we helped her through the process of getting a green card, Ms. Alvarez Zamora fell in love and married in November of 2016. We congratulate her on her marriage of binding love and wish her smooth travels on her journey to citizenship.

St. Frances Cabrini Reunifies Family Just in Time

Ms. Coliendres Mendoza came to St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center on November 28, 2016.  During her consultation, she explained that her partner was in an immigration proceeding over the Thanksgiving holiday. This is understandably stressful for anyone; however, for Ms. Coliendres Mendoza it was even more so as she was due to deliver her child the following week.  It was imperative that her partner be present in time for the birth of their child.  Shortly after her meeting with St. Frances, we were able to successfully intervene and reunite this family.  The very next day, Ms. Coliendres Mendoza gave birth to a healthy girl.  We would like to congratulate Brayan and Andy on their beautiful child, April, and wish them a blessed New Year.

St. Frances Obtains Relief for Special Immigrant Juvenile Facing Removal

Mr. Felipe came to the United States in July 2016 seeking asylum because he was targeted by gangs due to his Mayan ancestry and physical handicap. When St. Francis Cabrini Immigration Law Center was contacted about his case, Mr. Felipe was scheduled to be removed within the following week. St. Frances Cabrini requested a Bond Hearing and obtained a release for him on humanitarian parole so he can pursue available grounds for relief. He is now in the process of obtaining special immigrant juvenile status, which will allow him to obtain citizenship benefits at a much faster rate. 

St. Frances Assists Client in Obtaining Citizenship

Ms. Ana Karina Garcia-Alvear was a permanent resident who came to us in March of 2016 looking to apply for citizenship. She was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on November 10, 2016, and is now registered to learn to be a paralegal. We wish Ms. Garcia-Alvear a happy and blessed New Year as she begins the newest chapter of her life.
Mrs. Dalia Matheus with the members from the Louisiana Bar Foundation, on October 12, 2016. The training was in regard to Duties and Responsibilities of Board of Directors. The Louisiana Bar Foundation, now celebrating 30 years of service, granted more than $5.9 million for Social Justice Initiatives for the 2016-2017 cycle. We would like to recognize the LBF for the $50,000 grant to St. Frances Cabrini, which allows the organization to help refugees, address domestic violence, reunite families, and help immigrants become citizens.
Pictured Left to Right: Dalia Matheus, Exectutive Director at St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center, E. Jane Sherman, President Louisiana Bar Foundation, Harry J. "Skip" Philips Jr., Member of the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Bar Foundation,  Renee B. LeBoeuf, Grants Manager for the Louisiana Bar Foundation

Grant Renewal for Continued Services

Our grateful acknowledgement goes to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Human Service Department for the renewal of the grant from the 2016-2017 period.

With this grant, we will be able to provide ESL classes, life coaching, and immigration services.

Pictured left to right: Corliss Badaux, St. Francis Cabrini Immigration Law Center's President of the Board of Directors; Mrs. Pamela D. Anyanwu, Program Specialist CSBG- Human Services Department; Dalia Matheus, Executive Director of St. Frances Cabrini
Pictured left to right front row: Attorney Chance Shoemaker, St. Francis Cabrini Immigration Law Center; Mrs. Pamela D. Anyanwu, Program Specialist CSBG- Human Services Department; Dalia Matheus, Executive Director of St. Frances Cabrini, Mrs. Charmagne Turpeau, Accountant- Human Services Department; Mrs. Tommeka Semien, The Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana;
Second Row Mrs. Juana Felton-Taylor, Program Coordinator- Human Services Department; and Mrs. Stephanie Seemion, WIB Director

Special Recognition

Mr. Rick Norman, attorney at law, was recognized for the support to St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center and International Club of SWLA. He has been instrumental in legally forming St. Frances Cabrini and advising the Board of Directors about bylaws and procedures.

Christmas Fundraising Gala

The International Club of Southwest Louisiana and St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center held their 2016 annual Christmas Gala at the Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana. An annual fundraiser, the night was an enormous success. People from throughout the state attended and celebrated the diverse culture of Southwest Louisiana. The night was filled with dancing, food, and fellowship. Attendees were treated to delicious entrees followed by a dance. Afterwards, the dance floor was open to anyone looking to celebrate. The International Club of Southwest Louisiana and St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center would like to thank everyone who attended and invite you to mark your calendar for next year.
At this event we recognized the sponsors for the event, such as Citgo, Global Management Enterprise, The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, SWLA Alliance Chambers of Commerce, Dr. Carlos Choucino, First Federal Bank, Protech USA, West Builders, and Sugar Cane Townes. Also, we would like to thank the following for their in-kind donations: Golden Nugget, Delta Downs, La Rumba Mexicana, Pujo Café, and Harlequin.


Photos from the Gala...

The Mayor of Lake Charles, Randy Roach, was recognized for supporting St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center and International Club.
Ms.Esther Vincent was recognized for helping more than 10 years. Ms. Corliss Badeaux was recognized for 14 years of service on the Board of Directors for both the International Club and St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center. Dalia Matheus was also recognized for her 16 years of service to both organizations. Reverend Skinner has been helping International Club and St. Frances Cabrini for 16 years as well. He was instrumental, with Ms. Dalia and in collaboration with Catholic Charities and the Literacy Council, in opening the first ESL classes in the area.
Our board members are Corliss Badeaux, Hilda Rothschild, Maaliyah Papillion, and Dalia Matheus.
Our advisory board members are Attorney, Rick Norman, Rev. Richard Adiukwu, James Skinner, Justin Morales, Edward Fonti

Dalia Matheus, Executive Director
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