Commission on Immigration

The Commission directs the Association’s efforts to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees within the United States.

Pro Bono Opportunities

Over the next several months, the Commission on Immigration will lead monthly, week-long volunteer trips to one of its two direct-service projects on the southern border.

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Message from Commission Chair, Wendy Wayne

America has long defined itself as a nation of immigrants, reflecting not only our diversity, but a shared belief in liberty, justice, opportunity, and in providing refuge to those fleeing persecution. That identity has been challenged by the current administration’s efforts to radically reshape our nation’s immigration laws and policies.

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About the Commission

The Commission directs the Association’s efforts to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants and refugees within the United States.

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Donate to the Commission on Immigration

The Commission on Immigration appreciates your donations that will help us to continue our work ensuring due process rights for the immigrant community. We thank you in advance for your generosity!

Our Projects:

Children's Immigration Law Academy

The Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA), is an expert legal resource center created by the American Bar Association (ABA). CILA builds capacity for those working to advance the rights of children seeking protection through trainings, technical assistance, and collaboration.

CILA Website - more information

Immigration Justice Project (IJP)

The Immigration Justice Project (IJP) of San Diego seeks to promote due process and access to justice for indigent immigrants and asylum-seekers through the provision of high-quality pro bono legal services for individuals appearing before the San Diego immigration court and in subsequent appeals as needed.

Learn more: - Immigration Justice Project (IJP)

South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)

The South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) is a national effort to provide pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas by the United States government. The project recruits, trains and coordinates the activities of volunteer attorneys, law students and legal assistants.

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Detainee Correspondence Project

The ABA Commission on Immigration is seeking talented law clerks and interns to assist in cutting-edge, individualized assistance to detainees held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Fight Notario Fraud (FNF)

Unscrupulous “notarios” or “immigration consultants” have become an increasingly serious problem in immigrant communities throughout the United States. The Commission is working to provide immigrant communities with information about this dangerous practice, and to support advocates who represent victims.

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Know Your Rights

To help ensure America's commitment to justice for all, the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration has produced an updated version of "Know Your Rights," an educational video for the more than 400,000 men and women held in immigration detention facilities across the country each year.

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Fall Internship opportunity- Detainee Hotline

The Commission is undergraduate and law student interns for the upcoming fall semester in our Washington, D.C. office. Please click on the link to the right for more information on internship duties and how to apply.