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Ascentria Care Alliance (formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England)

The Immigration Legal Assistance Program of Ascentria Care Alliance (Lutheran Social Services of New England) provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrants state-wide. The legal services include:
• Legal representation for asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, and/or victims of violent crime, domestic violence, or human trafficking;
• Legal consultations in complicated immigration cases;
• Assistance to complete immigration applications/petitions;
• Assistance to apply for citizenship, including mentorship and preparation for the naturalization interview;
• Assistance with family reunification;
• Referrals to pro-bono and low-cost immigration attorneys; and
• Referrals to social services providers as appropriate.

Ascentria provides mentorship, training, and ongoing support to pro bono attorneys interested in accepting humanitarian cases. Case types include asylum, Violence Against Women Act self-petitions, U visas for victims of crime, T visas for victims of human trafficking, and Special Immigrant Juvenile status for unaccompanied minors.

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  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Massachusetts
  • Area of law: Immigration & Naturalization
  • Populations Served: Asylum Seekers, Children, Communities of Color, Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, Elderly, General Public, HIV, Human Trafficking Survivors, Immigrants, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Low Income, Persons with Disabilities, Prisoners/Criminal Defendants, State Residents, Torture survivors, Women, Working poor and unemployed
  • Opportunities For: Interpreters, Law school clinic, Law Students, Lawyers, Paralegals
  • Need for non-English services: Amharic, Arabic, Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Levantine), Burmese, Cantonese Chinese, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: Yes
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • Training / Supervision Comments: LSS provides mentorship, training, and ongoing support to pro bono attorneys interested in accepting humanitarian cases. Case types include asylum, Violence Against Women Act self-petitions, U visas for victims of crime, T visas for victims of human trafficking, and Special Immigrant Juvenile status for unaccompanied minors.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Legal Research, Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation, Prepare legal education materials, Translate legal documents
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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