South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)

The South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) empowers detained immigrants through high-quality legal education and representation. Located in Harlingen, Texas, ProBAR serves adults and unaccompanied children in immigration detention in the Rio Grande Valley. 

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About ProBAR

30 Years of Pursuing Justice, Changing Lives

The South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) is a project of the American Bar Association that provides legal information, pro se assistance and pro bono representation to thousands of immigrants and asylum-seekers detained in remote South Texas by the United States government. Founded in 1989 in response to the overwhelming need for pro bono legal representation of Central American asylum-seekers detained in South Texas, ProBAR has a long history of providing critical legal services to people at risk of deportation.

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Donate to ProBAR

Your donations to ProBAR provide invaluable support to our services for detained immigrants and asylum-seekers, helping them to access the information and legal assistance they need to navigate the immigration system. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

ProBAR is hiring!

Do you want to use your law degree to make a difference? Do you want to bring your passion, skills, and experiences to an organization dedicated to empowering immigrants? ProBAR is accepting applications for entry-level and supervising attorneys, as well as paralegals, legal assistants, and unaccompanied children legal services specialists, among other roles. Meet our team and learn what ProBAR offers!

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Who We Serve

Every year, thousands of people are detained by the Department of Homeland Security in South Texas. The children primarily come from Central America, while the adults come from many different countries around the world. Many of them travel to the United States seeking protection from violence and persecution in their home countries. Having language barriers, little understanding of U.S. law and court procedures, and limited financial resources, they face tremendous obstacles to winning immigration relief.

What We Do


The Legal Department serves detained adults and unaccompanied children. Services include group legal orientations, pro se assistance, pro bono referrals, and direct representation.

Shelter Services

The Shelter Services Department provides child-friendly “Know Your Rights” presentations and in-depth legal screenings to unaccompanied children detained in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Release Support

The Release Support Department serves children released from immigration custody by providing their custodians with legal orientation presentations and referrals to legal and social service providers in their community.

Internship Opportunities

ProBAR is currently accepting applications for its 2020 summer internship programs. All interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to Application materials should reference the position(s) of interest.

Volunteer Opportunities

Pro bono attorneys and other volunteers provide invaluable services to ProBAR clients and support to our staff. Contact for more information. Please include in your message any languages you speak proficiently, your availability, and a brief description of any skills or experience that will help us identify the opportunities that will be the best fit for you.

Current Priority Needs Include:

· Spanish-speaking attorneys available to volunteer in Harlingen for an extended period of one month or more.

· Attorneys interested in providing pro bono representation to a client in removal proceedings, who have the ability to be physically present in the Rio Grande Valley when needed for meetings and hearings.

· Individuals with the ability to translate documents into English from various languages