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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. The IJP is a unique collaborative effort involving the American Bar Association (ABA), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), local law firms, the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and the federal courts. The focus of the IJP is on serving both detained and non-detained individuals. The IJP implements the EOIR Legal Orientation Program (LOP), administered by the Vera Institute of Justice, at the Otay Mesa detention facility and serves as appointed counsel for detainees through the National Qualified Representative Program (NQRP) who are determined to be mentally incompetent in immigration court. The IJP also operates a Pro Bono Program that recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys to represent men and women in immigration court proceedings who would otherwise lack representation.
If you know someone who needs immigration assistance see Resources for the Public.
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The ABA Immigration Justice Project offers introductory and intermediate trainings on representing clients in removal proceedings three to four times per year. Training topics cover various forms of immigration relief and immigration court procedure. As trainings are scheduled they will be posted here and on the IJP's Facebook page.
The IJP relies on dedicated pro bono attorneys and volunteers. We are always in need of:
All Immigration Justice Project attorneys are provided with technical assistance, including sample materials, an experienced immigration attorney mentor, and are invited to attend all IJP trainings.