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Pro Bono Resources

  • Commission on Immigration Policy, Practice, and Pro Bono
    As part of its mission, the ABA Commission on Immigration Policy, Practice, and Pro Bono provides continuing education and timely information about trends, court decisions, and pertinent developments.  The Commission also develops and assists the ongoing operation of pro bono programs that encourage volunteer lawyers to provide high quality, effective legal representation for individuals in immigration courts.
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
    The Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP) of the ACLU works to defend the civil and constitutional rights of immigrants through a comprehensive program of impact litigation and public education.  The IRP files constitutional and class action lawsuits protecting the historic guarantee to judicial review, enforcing fair employment practices, and maintaining constitutional safeguards against detention practices and biased asylum adjudication
  • Asylum Law Website
    This site was founded on March 1, 1999, with the sole purpose of using the Internet to help lawyers worldwide to prepare the best asylum cases they can.  It contains information for asylum seekers, case support, legal tools and current asylum/refugee news.
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
    In 1979, the ILRC began as a group of volunteer attorneys and law students who recognized the pressing need for legal support to agencies working with immigrants and refugees in the San Francisco area.  Responding to the wave of refugees fleeing war and repression in Central America in the 1980s, the ILRC was instrumental in organizing legal services and providing legal expertise.
  • National Lawyers Guild/National Immigration Project
    The National Immigration Project is a network of immigration lawyers, law students, jailhouse lawyers, and legal workers who work to end unlawful immigration practices, to recognize the contributions of immigrants in the country, to promote fair immigration practices, and to expand the civil and human rights of all immigrants, regardless of their status in the United States.
  • National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
    The NILC is a national support center whose mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low income immigrants and their family members.  NILC staff specializes in immigration law and the employment and public benefits rights of immigrants.
  • National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
    The NNIRR is a national organization composed of local coalitions and immigrant, refugee community, religious, civil rights and labor organizations, and activists.  It serves as a forum to share information and analysis, to educate communities and the general public, and to develop and coordinate plans of action on important immigrant and refugee issues.
  • Pro Bono Net
    Launched in late 1998, Pro Bono Net has online communities in New York, Minnesota, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.  This site also has two national practice areas-asylum and death penalty-which are open to attorneys across the country who would like to donate their legal skills in these areas.
  • The Pro Bono Institute
    The Pro Bono Institute, housed at Georgetown University Law Center, is “mandated to explore and identify new approaches to-and resources for-the provision of legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and other individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems.”
  • BCIS Asylum Page
    The BCIS Asylum Web page has been recently overhauled and is now very useful. The site includes the “Resource Information Center” (RIC), which was established to meet the information needs of the Asylum Officer and Immigration Officer Corps in the U.S. and overseas by providing them with credible and objective information on conditions in the countries of origin of asylum and refugee applicants.