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November 10, 2023

Free Resources

The Commission on Immigration has developed free resources to help you with your pro bono representation.  Keep scrolling to view our library of written practice guides and recorded webinars.  

Written Resources

  • Family Group Dedicated Docket Pro Bono Manual (updated Oct. 2022):  The Pro Bono Manual is a comprehensive, 160+ page guide that is designed to assist volunteers and practitioners who are representing families on the dedicated docket.  The Manual includes sections on Common Forms of Relief in Immigration Court and before USCIS; Effective Representation; Ethical Considerations; an Introduction to Immigration Court; an Introduction to USCIS; and Practical Pointers.  In addition to easily digestible information, the Manual provides links to specific resources and checklists to help with effective representation. The Commission will periodically update the Pro Bono Manual as information changes and relevant developments occur.

  • Practice Advisory: Seeking Prosecutorial Discretion (updated Sept. 2023):  The Prosecutorial Discretion (PD) Practice Advisory includes an overview of various PD Memos and explains best practices for how to request PD and what types of discretion to seek.  The Advisory includes a template PD request.

On-Demand Video Trainings  

  • Representing Children and Families in Immigration Matters (Mar. 2022):  This four-hour webinar features three panels on how to best represent children and families in immigration matters.  The three panels include:
    • Nuts and Bolts: Common Forms of Immigration Relief
    • Practice before USCIS & Removal Proceedings 101
    • Interviewing Skills When Working with Children and Families in Immigration Cases 

COI co-hosted this program along with the ABA Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA).

 

  • Defend Asylum Together! Essentials of Immigration Law for Effective Pro Bono Representation.
    • Session One (Jan.2021)
      • Panel One: Beside the Golden Door: Defending Asylum Seekers in Immigration Court from CFI to the BIA (and back)
      • Panel Two: The Current Asylum Landscape One Week into the Biden Administration: Opportunities and Challenges
    • Session Two (Jan.2021)
      • Panel Three: Grounding Immigration Advocacy in History: Deprivation of Liberty and Criminalization of Migration (not eligible for CLE credit) 
      • Panel Four: Advocating for Release from Detention and BIA appeals through Remote Representation 
  • Asylum 101 for Families on the Dedicated Docket (Feb. 2022):  This video provides an overview of asylum law, particularly as it relates to families on the dedicated docket.  It is a great tool for new volunteers and practitioners who are not familiar with asylum law. 

 

  • TPS for Removal Proceedings (Nov. 2021):  This one-hour webinar provides an overview of TPS and best practices for representing families on the dedicated docket who are TPS-eligible.  Information includes how to apply for TPS, how TPS influences a removal case, and options for Prosecutorial Discretion for prima facie TPS-eligible families.
  • Pro Bono Best Practices Two-Part Series.  This series is designed for legal service providers who are developing or perfecting their pro bono programs.  
  • The Lifeguard is Drowning:  Identifying Burnout in Immigration Practitioners (Apr. 2022):  This webinar focuses on the mental health crisis experienced by many practitioners working on immigration and asylum cases.  It provides concrete ways to shift the norms in the legal profession to a culture of openly discussing burnout and secondary trauma, to help practitioners build sustainable careers in this field.

  • CILA’s Pro Bono Guide on Working with Children and Youth in Immigration Cases (Updated Aug. 2021)

 

Creative Pro Bono Models Toolkits

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