About IJP

In early 2008, the American Bar Association launched an innovative pro bono immigration pilot project pursuant to a seed grant from the ABA Enterprise Fund. Over a decade later the Immigration Justice Project continues its mission to improve public awareness of the legal system, to promote the administration of justice, and to deliver high-quality legal services. IJP’s goals are specifically targeted toward promoting due process and access to justice at all levels of the immigration and appellate court systems through the provision of high-quality legal services to individuals navigating immigration legal proceedings in the San Diego, California border region.

Who we - are

Donate to IJP

The ABA Immigration Justice Project fills a unique and critical role in the San Diego legal community, and its small staff leverage thousands of hours of urgently needed pro bono legal services. Your charitable gift will support this innovative program as it increases access to counsel for immigrants and, at the same time, benefit the judicial system as a whole.

Pro Bono and Volunteer Opportunities

The IJP relies on dedicated pro bono attorneys and volunteers. We are always in need of volunteers, law student interns, translators, and experience immigration practitioners. All IJP attorneys are provided with technical assistance, including sample materials, an experienced immigration attorney mentor, and are invited to attend all IJP trainings.


Volunteers to take on pro bono cases at both the immigration court and appellate levels.

Law student interns

Law student interns to assist attorneys in screening clients, conducting legal and factual research and writing motions and briefs in support of ongoing court cases.


Translators who are able to conduct volunteer translation in any language. We have frequent need for individuals who speak Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Somali, Arabic and Creole.

Experienced immigration practitioners

Experienced immigration practitioners who are willing to train and mentor volunteer attorneys.

For inquiries

For inquiries regarding our volunteer/intern opportunities, please contact Ambreen Walji at ambreen.walji@abaijp.org or at (619) 255-8813

Contact Us

Find out who to contact at IJP regarding our various legal programs and opportunities!

Reach - Out

IJP is hiring!

IJP is currently accepting applications for certain positions. Click here to check out our jobs on the ABA's site and also email your resume and cover letter to contact@abaijp.org indicating which positions interest you.