Project Amistad serves as the court-appointed guardian of over 350 persons in El Paso County and 35 other West Texas counties who have been found to be incapacitated and unable to support or protect their own health and welfare. As cited in the Texas Estates Code, “an incapacitated person is a minor; an adult who, because of a physical or mental condition, is substantially unable to provide food, clothing, or shelter for himself or herself; care for the person’s own physical health; or manage the person’s own financial affairs; or must have a guardian appointed for the person to receive funds due the person from a governmental source.”
The types of guardianship are full, limited, temporary or successor. Guardianships are established through a legal process and subject to supervision of the court. Judge Patricia Chew and Judge Eduardo Gamboa preside over the two Probate Courts of the El Paso County.