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Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023
Pro bono opportunities available for immigration proceedings


The American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration and Children’s Immigration Law Academy invite interested attorneys to help children and families in immigration proceedings. The organizations host easy-to-use online platforms that act as virtual bulletin boards featuring cases of children and families who need pro bono representation nationwide. Click on the links below to search available pro bono opportunities.

Pro Bono Matters for Families Facing Deportation features opportunities to help families on the Dedicated Docket, which is a special docket for families who are recent arrivals to the United States. The goal of the court is to resolve their cases within 300 days. Only one-third of the families on this docket have representation, and many who might be eligible for relief are not able to complete applications without representation.

Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation allows lawyers to find available pro bono cases to represent unaccompanied children in deportation proceedings. Thousands of children must face immigration judges each year without appointed counsel. Many children have legal relief available that could offer them protection and more security in the United States.