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.
Pro Bono Opportunities at the Border
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the ABA Commission on Immigration. There continues to be a pressing need for volunteer support at the U.S.-Mexico border, and we are grateful for the outpouring of interest we have received. Although the pro bono trips to ProBAR in South Texas and IJP in San Diego are currently full, we are in the process of creating additional opportunities for volunteers to assist with migrants and asylum-seekers both remotely and through in-person visits. Please note that language ability or access to interpreters are considerations for legal volunteers and there remains a need for a range of volunteer services. Kindly complete this survey at your earliest convenience to receive information about volunteer opportunities with the ABA Commission on Immigration and its projects.
There is also a great need for immigration-related pro bono representation all over the country. You can find organizations in your community at the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) website. The Commission is one of IAN's partner agencies.
We all must be vigilant in upholding the ABA's mission to defend liberty and pursue justice, especially for those most vulnerable in our society. The ABA President most recently called on federal authorities to immediately end the inhumane and illegal treatment of migrant children and provide attorney access to facilities operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Together, we will continue to push for constitutional protections for all migrants and asylum seekers and work to ensure the rule of law is respected even under the most dire pressure.