November 20, 2019 Did you Know?

Pro Bono at the Border: Lessons from a Week Volunteering with Asylum Applicants

By Kirsten Soto

In August 2018, I joined several attorneys from around the country in southern Texas for a week of a pro bono immigration work with the nonprofit organization Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). Our group was organized with the help of Lawyers for Good Government; we represented a small sample of the hundreds of attorneys who similarly had volunteered to assist asylum seekers being detained near the United States’ southern border. Under the expert guidance of RAICES’ attorneys, paralegals, and staff members, our group set out to the Karnes City Family Detention Center to assist detained fathers and their young sons in seeking asylum protections.

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