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How the ABA is Serving Detained Immigrants During COVID-19 and How You Can Help

Did you know that the ABA Commission on Immigration operates three projects in Texas and California that promote due process and access to counsel for migrants and asylum seekers? Learn more about the work of the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project ("ProBAR"), which provides free legal information and services to detained adult migrants and unaccompanied children; the Immigration Justice Project ("IJP"), which provides pro bono information and services to adult migrants and asylum seekers appearing before the San Diego and Otay Mesa immigration courts; and the Children's Immigration Law Academy ("CILA") in Houston, Texas, which serves as a legal resource center for attorneys representing migrant children. Staff from each of the three projects discussed challenges facing adults detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and unaccompanied children in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, how their work has changed during COVID-19, and how lawyers can assist adult migrants detained in South Texas and San Diego with requesting release on parole.


  • Priscilla Orta, Senior Staff Attorney, South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project
  • Ambreen Walji, Pro Bono Coordinator and Staff Attorney, Immigration Justice Project
  • Chloe Walker, Senior Staff Attorney, Children’s Immigration Law Academy


Joint Sponsor: ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, ABA Commission on Immigration

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with ProBAR

Volunteer with Immigration Justice Project (IJP)

CILA's Pro Bono Portal


Presentations: Chloe Walker, Ambreen Walji

Working Together to Empower Children Facing Deportation - CILA Pro Bono Fact Sheet

VIDEO: How Mentorship Works for the Immigration Justice Project - Coronavirus Q&A on Remote Representation

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Additional questions about the Immigration Justice Project? Please contact Ambreen Walji.

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