Pro Bono Opportunities at the Border
Over the next several months, the Commission on Immigration will lead monthly, week-long volunteer trips to one of its two direct-service projects on the southern border.In April, May, June, July, September, and October, volunteers will work at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (“ProBAR”) in Harlingen, Texas. In August and December, volunteers will travel to San Diego, California, to work with the Immigration Justice Project (“IJP”). These trips will allow volunteers to get direct experience on the frontlines witnessing the immigration detention and removal systems and hearing directly from asylum-seekers and others who travel to the United States seeking protection. You do not have to have immigration experience or speak Spanish to participate. Malpractice insurance will be provided. Limited stipends are available to cover travel costs for those who cannot otherwise volunteer.
While at ProBAR and IJP, volunteers will meet with immigrants and asylum-seekers at local immigration detention facilities and provide legal advice and assistance with applications for relief. Volunteers may also prepare individuals for initial screening interviews with asylum officers and provide representation in fear interviews and bond hearings.
In addition, the ABA seeks Spanish-speaking attorneys for weekend trips to provide legal screenings for unaccompanied immigrant children in south Texas.
Finally, the ABA seeks Spanish-speaking attorneys to represent children who are detained at the Homestead facility south of Miami.
The dates for the trips to ProBAR in Texas are:
- April 29 - May 3
- May 20 - 24
- June 10 - 14
- July 15 - 19
- September 23 - 27
- October 28 - November 1
The trips to IJP in California are
- August 19 - 23
- December 2 - 6
Pro Bono Trip Flyers
- Volunteer with adult immigrants and asylum-seekers at Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos, TX
- Volunteer with adult immigrants and asylum-seekers at Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, CA
- Volunteer to provide legal screenings for unaccompanied immigrant children detained in the Rio Grande Valley
- Volunteer to represent children who are detained at the Homestead facility south of Miami.