At Global Family Legal Services (GFLS), we are committed to provide access to justice via high-quality, low-cost legal services. Our mission is to provide the best legal guidance and assistance available. We support your dream to live in confidence and to work without fear. Our nonprofit, publicly-supported program of legal counseling, advocacy, and education is dedicated to bringing about a more compassionate and cooperative world.
Celinas Ruth, managing attorney, works with a dedicated volunteer staff. Serving your legal needs is what we do best. Nothing gets overlooked when we're on the case. GFLS staff will make house calls to those clients unable to come into the office. Through educational community presentations and working with like-minded attorneys, we have a network that offers affordable legal representation to many areas of Arizona, other states, and internationally. Over the past 13 years since GFLS began serving the community, we have evolved from a faith-based program to a tax exempt 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation in March 2017. Our office is supported by grants and donations.
Your tax deductible* donation helps us to expand our network, and increases our ability to serve those in need of legal assistance.
*Our IRS §501 (c)(3) tax exempt application is pending.
Celinas Ruth has practiced law since 1986 in California and since 1997 in Arizona. She has served clients from 33 countries. Celinas has been a public speaker on legal rights and comprehensive immigration reform on radio, television and at many community meetings. Her legal expertise includes U.S. Immigration and Consular Processing (including waivers, U visas, VAWA, religious worker visas, and naturalization); family law, disability law, contracts, nonprofit organizations, wills and trusts, copyright law, and veteran's legal concerns.
Legally assists our clients using advocacy and social service skills she has developed through her tireless efforts for people's rights. Most recently, she has spent 12 years serving the farm workers in the Coachella Valley in California and received the Lumen Christi Award for her selfless efforts. Sr. Gabi has spent decades of devoted social services living and serving in the jungles of Argentina and in South Africa. She is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Our most recent legal assistant who has experience as a social worker with a BA in Psychology/Social Science from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked with Habitat For Humanity and as an agricultural volunteer in Arizona, West Virginia, Virginia, and California as well as working in a program in Philadelphia, PA for developmentally challenged adults and in a respite program for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients.
A graphic artist and member of the staff of Global Change Media, a nonprofit media organization. She is joining the GFLS legal staff part-time to be trained in and assist our work in the area of intellectual property, i.e., copyrights, trade names, and trademarks. GFLS has done a significant number of copyright filings throughout each year.
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