ABA Project Provides Legal Services to Detained Migrants in South Texas

Jennie Kneedler
Representing a detained migrant in immigration proceedings is a great way for recent law graduates and new attorneys to get in-court experience.

Representing a detained migrant in immigration proceedings is a great way for recent law graduates and new attorneys to get in-court experience.

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There continues to be a pressing need for volunteer support at the US-Mexico border. Visit the ABA Commission on Immigration for pro bono opportunities for attorneys and internships for law students. 

All lawyers can agree that due process and fundamental fairness are served when migrants have access to legal services that provide them with the information they need to make informed decisions about their rights and responsibilities. The American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration (Commission) works to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees within the United States. The Commission operates two direct service projects and one legal resource center. In November 2019, the Commission’s South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) is celebrating 30 years of empowering immigrants and asylum-seekers detained in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas through high-quality legal education and representation. ProBAR was founded in 1989 to respond to the pressing need for representation of migrants fleeing violent civil wars in Central America. Now ProBAR serves thousands of individuals a year from all over the world. 

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