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About the probono.net/asylum area

This practice was initially developed by Human Rights First, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the SF Bay Area, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Pro Bono Net with assistance from the Open Society Institute and the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. The first version of this practice area launched in 1999 as one of the country's first online collaborations and networks to support pro bono attorneys respresenting asylum seekers.  

This website is no longer active, but it contains an archive of resources developed for participating lawyers, including an online library of training manuals, briefs and practice materials. Collectively, volunteer and staff lawyers working with our host organizations represented more than 1,500 clients from more than 70 countries. These cases generally involved representation of an individual seeking asylum, including preparation of an application with a supporting brief and affidavits and a hearing before an INS administrative law judge. 

Why Volunteer?

There are more people fleeing persecution today than at any time since World War II. As the need for help becomes more critical, however, countries with traditionally liberal asylum policies, among them the United States, have developed new barriers to turn away refugees seeking protection.

To learn about current pro bono opportunities on asylum issues and to access the latest support resources for volunteers, please visit the Immigration Advocates Network Pro Bono Resource Center