Who We Are
Sin Barreras ~ Without Barriers is a grassroots organization formed by a diverse group of professionals who are dedicated to serving the needs of the Hispanic community and eventually expanding to address the needs of all immigrants in our area. Before Sin Barreras began, there was no organization in the community serving the direct and immediate needs of our immigrant population—needs that are not being fully met by existing governmental agencies and social programs. Thus far, we have found success in working with the University of Virginia, Legal Aid Justice Center, several local organizations, and area churches, all of whom share our desire to integrate and empower our immigrant population.
Sin Barreras/Without Barriers Inc. (“Sin Barreras”) is a non-profit organization located in Charlottesville, VA. As members of the Central Virginia community who directly or indirectly know the challenges faced by immigrants in the United States, it is our mission to work for a more just community that includes and seeks to meet the needs of all its members. We know there are unmet needs for services and assistance to help families and individuals who have arrived to our communities and country. We want to be the link to help them obtain the following services: educational, legal advocacy, referrals to community services, health services, etc. We desire to ease the stress and anxiety experienced by members of our immigrant communities and to help them learn of the services available to them.
What We Do
We offer legal clinics to answer questions and solve basic legal problems affecting our immigrant population. We provide translation services. We plan to expand to offer regular educational workshops, presented by local professionals and governmental agencies, to assist those directly facing issues in their own lives. We engage in advocacy efforts on immigration-related issues. We are currently offering GED classes. We envision working with existing groups in the local area that provide some type of service and bringing them together in a productive way to serve more members of the immigrant community. One of our most immediate goals is to establish a freestanding and wholly independent community center to meet the educational, legal, medical, and other needs of the immigrant population.