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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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.

About IJP

The focus of the IJP is on serving both detained and non-detained individuals. The IJP implements the EOIR Legal Orientation Program (LOP), administered by the Vera Institute of Justice, at the Otay Mesa detention facility and serves as appointed counsel for detainees through the National Qualified Representative Program (NQRP) who are determined to be mentally incompetent in immigration court. The IJP also operates a Pro Bono Program that recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys to represent men and women in immigration court proceedings who would otherwise lack representation.

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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 indicating which positions interest you.

What we do

Learn about the IJP's history and mission, our sponsors, and staff.

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Updates from the IJP

Visit our updates section and our Facebook page to hear the latest on the IJP's activities and our upcoming trainings.

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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.