Mr. Branes has also worked at the Catholic Charities of Dallas as a legal fellow for Justice Americorps. While there, he represented unaccompanied children at the Dallas Immigration Court, providing pro-bono services to children who traveled to the United States without their parents. Most of the children that Mr. Branes represented had left their homes due to violence and were reuniting with their family members in the United States.
Mr. Branes has served his communities in a number of ways over the years, including volunteering for a human rights organization and as a US Marine. Mr. Branes spent a year in the country of Peru working for a human rights Non-Government-Organization, called Paz Y Esperanza (Peace and Hope), where he advocated for the rights of women, indigenous peoples, and victims of violence. Mr. Branes also served in the United States Marine Corps, and served in Operation Enduring Freedom.