Helder Hernandez

Legal Assistant/Intake Specialist *
(202) 975-2253
(202) 727-2132

B.A. Goucher College

Helder Hernandez serves as a Legal Assistant/Intake Specialist providing support for Legal Aid’s Intake and Pro Bono Programs. He staffs the intake phone lines to ensure that callers and applicants are connected with the resources they need. Helder also assists with Legal Aid’s walk-in intake hours and the processing of applications for legal assistance.

Prior to joining Legal Aid in January 2021, Helder worked for Erickson Immigration Group and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, where he monitored updates to immigration policy, drafted letters, and compiled documents for foreign nationals to present at consulates abroad under R-1, H-1B, TN, and O-1 visa categories. Helder also has several years of experience in state, local, and federal government positions in areas of policy, advocacy, and community outreach.

Helder holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Goucher College. Outside of his profession, Helder is Chair of the Hispanic Committee and Member of the Parish Council at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Silver Spring, MD. In his role, Helder serves as a leader and liaison of the Hispanic community and diverse cultural groups, facilitating workshops on social justice and bridge communication between individuals and government entities.

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08 Aug 2022

Making Justice Real Campaign Raises $3.3 Million for DC Legal Aid

For the third-consecutive year, DC’s legal community came together to raise more than $3 million for DC Legal Aid through the Making Justice Real Campaign, setting a new record at $3,305,388. Nearly half of the total was raised in the last week of the two-month drive, which ran from June 6 to August 5. “It is incredibly humbling for thousands of people from nearly every major law firm in the District to unite behind Legal Aid’s mission,” said Joan McKown, President of Legal Aid’s Board of Trustees and a Partner at Jones Day. “Especially at a time of increasing need for our client community, this is unbelievably good news.”
25 Jul 2022

DC Council Committees Must Approve the Domestic Worker Protections Bill This Fall

Legal Aid is deeply concerned about Chair Mendelson’s recent decision to change the committee referral for the Domestic Worker Employment Rights Amendment Act of 2022 (Bill 24-712). As a strong supporter of the Domestic Worker Employment Rights bill, we believe his re-referral could effectively stall the bill’s progress during the final year of Council Period 24. This triple referral causes an unnecessary delay that will hurt essential workers, such as home health aides, to whom we regularly provide direct legal services. Legal Aid urges Business Committee Chairman McDuffie and Government Operations Committee Chairman Robert White to consider and mark up the measure immediately (September or October) when the Council returns from recess so that the Council can pass the bill before the end of the year.