ProBAR

Services for Adults

Adult Legal Orientation Program for Immigrant Detainees (LOP)

ProBAR currently operates a Legal Orientation Program for individuals detained at the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos, Texas.  The program is funded by the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), and administered by the Vera Institute of Justice.  The Legal Orientation Program was created by EOIR in 2003, in order to facilitate legal assistance from non-profit organizations for immigrant detainees in removal proceedings.  Immigrants in removal proceedings face extraordinary obstacles in proving their claims for relief, including language barriers, misinformation about U.S. laws and court procedures, and a lack of financial resources.  For asylum seekers, many risk being deported back to places where they may face persecution and even death.  Others face returning to a country they left as small children.  The Legal Orientation Program seeks to improve access to legal services for the enormous number of immigrant detainees in removal proceedings each year through workshops on immigration law and procedure, referrals to pro bono attorneys for individuals who may qualify for relief from removal, and the distribution of self-help legal resources to individuals appearing in immigration proceedings pro se.

Through ProBAR’s Legal Orientation Program, unrepresented detainees receive invaluable assistance in understanding their legal situations, and gain access to a variety of legal resources, enabling them to appear in Immigration Court with a better understanding of the court process and their legal rights.

ProBAR Adult Team Internship

ProBAR is currently accepting applications for its summer internship programs. All interested students shouldsubmit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to volunteer@abaprobar.org. All of our positions are based in our offices in Harlingen, Texas.

Interns will assist attorneys and paralegals with the Legal Orientation Program for indigent immigration detainees at area detention facilities. If possible, interns will participate in providing direct representation to an individual appearing before the immigration court. Interns will also conduct intakes and provide pro se assistance to detainees, either individually or as part of a workshop. Interns may also complete memos, briefs, or other legal documents.

Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in non-profit or social justice work. Experience working with immigrants or detainees is a plus. Spanish proficiency is strongly preferred.