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. ProBAR is a joint project of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The Texas Access to Justice Foundation provides support to this project.

Volunteer Opportunites

Long-Term Attorney Volunteers

Long-term attorney volunteers stay in South Texas for a period of two weeks, a month, or longer, and handle a number of cases in immigration court. Living and travel stipends may be available to qualified persons.

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Short-Term Attorney Volunteers

Short-term attorney volunteers are assigned one or more asylum cases in advance and travel to South Texas to represent detained asylum seekers at their immigration court hearings;

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Law Students, Recent Law School Grads, Legal Assistants, and Interptreters

Law students, recent law school graduates, legal assistants, and interpreters, under attorney supervision, help complete applications, develop supporting documentation and legal memoranda, and prepare applicants to testify at their hearings. Proficiency in the Spanish language is preferred, but not required;

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Volunteer Attorneys Outside of South Texas

Volunteer attorneys outside of South Texas represent on appeal applicants denied asylum in the immigration courts, or assist persons applying for asylum in their own communities;.

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Experienced Immigration Attorneys

Experienced immigration attorneys present training seminars and serve as attorney mentors to ProBAR volunteers.

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Donate to ProBAR

The Commission on Immigration appreciates your donations that will help us continue our work ensuring due process rights for the immigrant community. We thank you in advance for your generosity!

25th Anniversary Video

25th Anniversary Video

25 Years of Pursuing Justice, Changing Lives

The South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) is a project of the American Bar Association that provides legal information, pro se assistance and pro bono representation to thousands of immigrants and asylum-seekers detained in remote South Texas each year by the United States government.

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