Learn How You Can Support the Fight Against Family Detention and Family Separation

There has been an outpouring of support for the immigration community over the past few days. To provide clarity on how you can support the work that the American Immigration Council and the Immigration Justice Campaign does, here are three options ranging from general support to more specific support on the issue of family detention and family separation.

Watch this page for continuing updates.


To volunteer:

The Immigration Justice Campaign, AILA and the American Immigration Council's initiative to increase pro bono representation for detained immigrants, is actively working on family separation cases, and helping families detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) in Dilley, Texas pass their credible fear interviews. In addition, we are working with the following partners to represent separated families and other detained immigrants around the country:

  • American Friends Service Committee, AFSC (Elizabeth, NJ)
  • Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, RMAIN (Aurora, CO)
  • Southern Poverty Law Center's Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative, SIFI (Georgia and Louisiana)
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, NWIRP (Tacoma, Washington)

Opportunities to volunteer include:

  • Merits cases
  • Bond cases (remotely or in-person)
  • A week on-the-ground with the Dilley Pro Bono Project or the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative
  • Legal writing, research, and interpretation opportunities

Find out more at www.immigrationjustice.us!

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To get involved:


Chapter-Specific Opportunities:

Arizona:

Keep Tucson Together
Tucson, Florence, Eloy - Seeking immigration attorney representation in removal hearings, as well as brief and appeal writing. Writing may be done remotely. To help, please contact Margo Cowan at margo.cowan@pima.gov or Ray at raymeli22@gmail.com.

Phoenix Legal Action Network (PLAN)
Phoenix - Assist a legal services program (Justice for Immigrants and Families Project) providing representation for non-detained low-income immigrants facing deportation. PLAN’s priorities are caregivers with young children, survivors of domestic and other violence, and members of the LGBTQI community. PLAN currently has one attorney on board and is in the process of hiring a legal assistant. Their board currently seeks volunteers with a variety of skills, including fundraising, accounting, website development and graphic design. Potential volunteers may contact Judy Flanagan at j.flanagan@jfimmigration.com or Bo Dul at SDul@perkinscoie.com.

Minnesota/Dakotas

Advocates for Human Rights (AHR)

Attorney Opportunities
AHR seeks asylum attorneys and assistance with bond representation and appeals and motions in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Attorneys must be licensed in good standing and no immigration experience is required. Experienced immigration attorneys are also needed to provide mentorship to pro bono asylum and bond attorneys, including reviewing pleadings and providing practice guidance. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Sarah Brenes at sbrenes@advrights.org.

General Opportunities
AHR seeks court observers to attend hearings and report on issues of concern, including access to counsel, family and community support, and interpretation; the manner of arrest; and the ability of individuals to raise defenses to deportation. There are also several internship and fellowship, interpretation and translation, and remote database volunteer opportunities.

Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Chapter of AILA and the ACBA Immigration Law Committee will have a joint meeting at ACBA headquarters on Tuesday, July 24th at noon. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the possibility of a joint pro bono project to provide representation in a limited number of asylum cases. Cases would be screened both for merit and financial need. Issues to be addressed include screening, recruitment of non-immigration lawyers to handle some cases, mentoring, and malpractice coverage. The entire executive committee of the AILA Chapter will be attending, as well as Professor Sheila Velez of the University of Pittsburgh. The hope is that many will join this meeting and this will develop into a sustainable project. Lunch will be served. Please contact Adrian Roe at aroe@roeandsimonllc.com.

Texas

American Gateways

American Gateways seeks pro bono volunteers (both non-immigration attorneys and experienced immigration attorneys) for Hutto Detention Center (Taylor, Texas), South Texas Detention Complex (Pearsall, Texas), and at their offices in Austin and San Antonio, TX. Pro bono volunteers are asked to assist with detained and non-detained asylum cases, CFI/RFI prep, and CFI/RFI reviews before the IJ. If you would like to volunteer or have further questions, please contact Robert Painter at RobertP@americangateways.org or Priscilla Olivarez at PriscillaO@americangateways.org.

Migrant Center for Human Rights

The Migrant Center for Human Rights in San Antonio, Texas seeks experienced immigration practitioners with asylum experience to represent detained asylum seekers on a pro bono basis. Cases pending before an Immigration Judge require two to four visits to the detention center (of several days each). The initial visit is to meet the client, review the client engagement agreement, work on and review the declaration, and discuss evidence. Later visits are to prepare testimony for trial and to attend the merits hearing in San Antonio. Cases pending on appeal can be done from anywhere in the country.

The Migrant Center provides on-the-ground support to pro bono volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact work.with.us@migrantcenter.org and be sure to explain the extent of your experience (1) with asylum law, (2) working with traumatized clients, (3) working on human rights issues, (4) brief writing, and (5) in trial court or appellate litigation.

General Opportunities

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)

CLINIC is seeking assistance with BIA appeals, which may be handled anywhere in the country. Any attorney with some amount of litigation or immigration experience may take a case. There is also a need for experienced immigration attorneys to assist with case screening at the BIA.

Stand With Immigrants

Many nonprofit immigration legal service providers offer volunteer opportunities for attorneys and legal advocates. To find an organization in your area, enter your zip code or choose your state on Stand With Immigrants' volunteer opportunities guide. You can also check out Stand With Immigrants' lists of ongoing local and national projects that are currently recruiting volunteers, or look at their volunteers needed calendar for special events and short-term opportunities in your region.