Sharing your legal skills to help pro bono clients navigate a complex immigration system can have a life-changing impact! Immigrants with legal representation are significantly more likely to have their case approved, yet many immigrants cannot afford representation. Asylum-seekers who have representation in court are five times more likely to be granted asylum, whereas only 1 in 10 win their cases without an attorney.
Help increase access to justice for low-income immigrant communities by working on a pro bono case. Ayuda, Catholic Charities of DC – Immigration Legal Services, and Whitman-Walker Health have teamed up to provide a shared hub of immigration resources for attorneys who have accepted cases for pro bono representation from our organizations. Attorneys who accept cases for full representation also receive ongoing mentoring from the referring organization. Pro Bono attorneys are needed on a range of immigration matters including asylum, U Visas, T Visas, VAWA, removal defense, adjustment of status, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and naturalization.
Access to this Library is limited to individuals who are actively working on pro bono cases placed through one of the Host Organizations. Click "Join this Area" on the left tool bar and complete the registration form. You will receive a response within a few days after an admin from the Host Organization confirms your volunteer status. If you are not a current pro bono volunteer with one of the Host Organizations, please contact us about available pro bono opportunities if you would like to request access to the library:
Ayuda: Irfana Anwer, email@example.com
Catholic Charities of DC – Immigration Legal Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitman-Walker Health: Lee Hicks, email@example.com
What’s in the Library?
The library includes a variety of immigration practice resources such as training materials and recordings, sample cover letters and briefing, client checklists, practice tips and advisories, helpful resource links, and sources of authority. Immigration law and procedures are subject to sudden, ongoing changes, so always use materials in conjunction with advice from your mentoring attorneys at the referring organization.
***COVID-19 NOTE: Please note that policies and procedures are being temporarily modified during and following the COVID-19 pandemic and may not be reflected in these Library Resources. Please reach out to your mentor at the referring organization to ask about how COVID-19 may affect the processing of your case.***