Commission on Immigration

The Commission directs the Association’s efforts to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees within the United States.

Message from Commission Chair, Wendy Wayne

America has long defined itself as a nation of immigrants, reflecting not only our diversity, but a shared belief in liberty, justice, opportunity, and in providing refuge to those fleeing persecution. That identity has been challenged by the current administration’s efforts to radically reshape our nation’s immigration laws and policies.

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About the Commission

The Commission directs the Association’s efforts to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants and refugees within the United States.

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Our Projects:

Children's Immigration Law Academy

The Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA), is an expert legal resource center created by the American Bar Association (ABA). CILA builds capacity for those working to advance the rights of children seeking protection through trainings, technical assistance, and collaboration.

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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.

Learn more: - Immigration Justice Project (IJP)

South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)

The South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) is a national effort to provide pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas by the United States government. The project recruits, trains and coordinates the activities of volunteer attorneys, law students and legal assistants.

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Fight Notario Fraud (FNF)

Unscrupulous “notarios” or “immigration consultants” have become an increasingly serious problem in immigrant communities throughout the United States. The Commission is working to provide immigrant communities with information about this dangerous practice, and to support advocates who represent victims.

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National Detention Standards

This initiative seeks to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention standards at facilities housing immigrants and asylum seekers.

Know Your Rights

To help ensure America's commitment to justice for all, the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration has produced an updated version of "Know Your Rights," an educational video for the more than 400,000 men and women held in immigration detention facilities across the country each year.

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Pro Bono Work at the Border

In this episode of the State Bar of Texas Podcast, Kimi Jackson, director of ProBAR, discusses family separation and other immigration issues that aren't necessarily covered by the media. She also shares how volunteers can get involved.

Donate to the Commission on Immigration

The Commission on Immigration appreciates your donations that will help us continue our work ensuring due process rights for the immigrant community. When you give to the Fund for Justice and Education, you can designate the Commission as your preferred recipient group. We thank you in advance for your generosity!

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About the Commission on Immigration

Among our greatest concerns are the erosion of due process safeguards, the growing reliance on detention, and the lack of access to legal information and counsel for individuals in immigration proceedings, including vulnerable groups such as unaccompanied immigrant children and mentally disabled individuals.