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.

ABA Serves Detained Migrant Children and Adults

Discover how the ABA empowers migrants with the legal knowledge needed to make informed decisions throughout the immigration process. Take a stand with the ABA for migrant children and families.

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Pro Bono Opportunities

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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!

Pro Bono Reflections from the Rio Grande Valley

The Commission on Immigration has been hosting week-long pro bono trips to the Rio Grande Valley. These trips have allowed volunteers to get direct experience on the frontlines witnessing the immigration detention and removal systems and hearing directly from asylum-seekers and others who travel to the United States seeking protection. Here we will feature some ProBAR volunteers' reflections on their experiences.

Our Projects:

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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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Spring Internship opportunity- Detainee Hotline

The Commission is seeking undergraduate and law student interns for the upcoming spring 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.

Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation

Thousands of children must face immigration judges each year without appointed counsel. With representation, asylum seekers have a five times greater chance of winning their case. Follow the link for pro bono opportunities nationwide to support children . Funded by the Vera Institute of Justice, "Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation" allows lawyers to search and share available pro bono cases for unaccompanied children (UC) detained by the federal government or released to live with family members while in deportation proceedings.

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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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