ProBAR Updates


Thank You to ProBAR's Pro Bono Volunteers!
October 2020

In honor of the 12th Annual National Celebration of Pro Bono, ProBAR would like to extend our appreciation for the invaluable support of our pro bono volunteers during an unprecedented year. We are honored to share a message of gratitude from ABA President Patricia Lee Refo for the contributions of our volunteers.

Now Accepting Internship Applications!
October 2020

ProBAR is now accepting applications for our 2021 Summer Internship Program cycle. These positions are full-time and 10 weeks in duration, and offers are made on a rolling basis. Please note that this program is for J.D./LL.M. students or recent graduates. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit here.

A Small Victory in a Larger Fight: A Summer Bond Hearing During the COVID-19 Pandemic
July 2020

Throughout the pandemic, pro bono attorneys have collaborated with ProBAR to provide remote representation to clients in seeking release from ICE detention. Pro bono attorney Alex Schnapp of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP shared his experience successfully representing a pro bono client at their bond hearing in a blog published on the ABA Commission on Immigration website.   



Texas Access to Justice Foundation awards grants in honor of 35th anniversary and John Grisham
State Bar of Texas Blog
December 2019

TAJF is providing four $75,000 grants to organizations that provide basic civil legal services to those in need in Texas. These grants were awarded in honor of both TAJF's 35th anniversary and best-selling author John Grisham. 

ProBAR marks 30 years helping immigrants and asylum-seekers
ABA News
November 2019

In 1989, the Texas border was in crisis. Thousands of refugees were fleeing wars in Central America, seeking asylum in the United States. In response, the American Bar Association created the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, or ProBAR – a handful of lawyers and others who offered legal help to immigrants and asylum-seekers. ProBAR marked its 30th anniversary with a gala celebration Nov. 1 in Harlingen.

ProBAR Recieves State Bar of Texas Award
June 2019

ProBAR Director Kimi Jackson and Director of Outreach Emily Joiner accepted a Presidential Citation on behalf of ProBAR at the State Bar of Texas’ annual meeting in Austin on June 12, 2019. ProBAR was recognized for its “outstanding service in providing access to justice to populations that cannot afford or do not have access to an attorney.”



ProBAR recognized as a UTRGV Champion Employer

ProBAR received an award from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) as a Champion Employer in South Texas for October 2018! The office hosted the UTRGV Career Center on October 23rd, which helps to advertise job openings at ProBAR. Congratulations!

"Pro Bono Work at the Border" a State Bar of Texas Podcast from the Legal Talk Network
State Bar of Texas
September 2018


Along the Texas-Mexico border, immigration lawyer Kimi Jackson deals with matters of life and death
ABA Journal
July 2017


Alejandra, age 7, is facing a judge alone. Is that due process?
Christian Science Monitor
November 2016


Lawyers and judges face hurdles in struggle to cope with influx of young immigrants
ABA Journal
December 2014

Children’s Brunch puts spotlight on unaccompanied minors at ABA Annual Meeting
ABA News
August 2014

Q&A: Migrant kids’ legal needs are great, American Bar Association president says
The Dallas Morning News
August 2014

ABA delegation visits emergency shelter for detained immigrant children in Texas
ABA Journal
July 2014

ABA urges legal representation for unaccompanied children
The Washington Letter
July 2014

Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol
July 2014

Rush to Deport Young Migrants Could Trample Asylum Claims
New York Times
July 2014

70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them?
Mother Jones
June 2014

Hoping for Asylum, Migrants Strain U.S. Border
New York Times
April 2014

Boston law students donate time, energy to RGV caseload
The Monitor
March 2014


First the Fence, Then the System
December 2013

Detained border crossers may find themselves sent to ‘the freezers’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 2013

Youth Detainees Fuel ProBAR Growth
ABA News
August 2013


Child Immigration Is Rising
Wall Street Journal
May 2012


ProBAR celebrates 20 years of service
The Brownsville Herald
November 2009

Pro Bono Profile: Jeffrey Stocks of Houston
Texas Bar Blog
October 2009


Mental concerns grow for detainees
The Brownsville Herald
December 2008

Volunteer Attorneys Partner with ProBAR to Assist Immigrant Children Detained in Rio Grande Valley
Winter 2008


Seeing Through the Clients Eyes: Inside the Immigration Courtroom
Immigration Law Today
January/February 2007


TYLA Partners with ProBAR to Represent Unaccompanied Children
Texas Bar Journal
October 2006

Lawyers seminar to address asylum seekers
The Brownsville Herald
February 2006

Attorney Transformed by Stint with ProBAR

Asylum Seekers Find Help at ProBAR


Don’t Just Pay Lip Service to the Act of Volunteering, Make a Commitment to a Noble Cause: ProBAR
Immigration Law Today
November/December 2004

Summer on the Border
Legal Times
August 2004

Urgent Need for Pro Bono Assistance for Detained Immigrants and Refugees in South Texas
Pro Bono Institute
August 2004

Do the Right Thing, the Noble Thing: Pro Bono
Immigration Law Today
May/June 2004

ProBAR Marks 15th Anniversary
Spring 2004


Held by INS, Kids Endure Limbo in U.S.
The Washington Post
September 2002