Online Now: Human Rights First and Asylum Law

An Introduction to the Pro Bono Representation Program at Human Rights First and Training on Asylum Law and Procedure

Find the webinar and resources referenced in this webinar in the NYC Pro Bono Center Library (Members Only):

- Recorded Webinar Now Online!
- Asylum Law Training Manual


Description of Session: Human Rights First staff attorney Lori Adams will focus on pro bono opportunities in refugee and asylum law. Clients of Human Rights First's pro bono representation program have fled from political, religious, ethnic, and gender-based persecution in countries plagued by human rights violations. The substantive training will focus on some of the key issues in asylum law and will introduce pro bono attorneys to representing asylum-seekers before the Asylum Office and the Immigration Courts. This session will also help volunteer attorneys and prospective volunteer attorneys learn about where to find resources to support their pro bono asylum work.

Please note this training does not provide CLE credit.

About Human Rights First:

Human Rights First was founded in 1978 as the Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights to promote laws and policies that advance universal rights and freedoms. Human Rights First exists to protect and defend the dignity of each individual through respect for human rights and the rule of law. Through the Asylum Legal Representation Program at Human Rights First, volunteer lawyers have the unique opportunity to change the lives of refugees by helping them win asylum in the United States. Volunteer lawyers learn about international human rights law and have the chance to represent individual clients at an asylum interview or a hearing before an immigration judge.

About Pro Bono Net (PBN): Pro Bono Net ( is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation. Pro Bono Net's program's include,, and Pro Bono Manager. Pro Bono Net's web platforms have been adopted in 30 states and regions, reaching approximately two-thirds of the poverty population and lawyers in the United States.

About Pro Bono in New York: The goal of this new series is to increase the number of attorneys involved in pro bono work in New York. Each webinar will highlight a NYC-based or upstate pro bono program and/or substantive legal topic, offering a virtual orientation session to attorneys wanting to learn how to get involved. This series has been funded by the New York Community Trust.