Pro Bono Program (U.S.)

Given the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, for the safety of our staff and volunteers, HIAS has suspended all in-person client meetings and all non-essential travel, including pro bono legal delegations to the border.  We are however still actively recruiting pro bono attorneys to help asylum seekers remotely.  We encourage all interested attorneys to complete the Pro Bono Application and attend an orientation with our Pro Bono team to learn more. 

HIAS works with a generous network of pro bono attorneys - both locally through our headquarters in NY and Silver Spring, MD, and across the country - to provide legal services to asylum seekers, asylees, and others who are seeking humanitarian relief.

In NYC and DC, HIAS engages pro bono attorneys to help with short term and discrete projects, including adjustment of status applications.  HIAS' pro bono attorneys also engage in direct representation of clients, including in asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases.

Nationally, HIAS also engages lawyers across the country to engage in pro bono legal work through volunteer delegation trips to the US/Mexico border, and in remote representation of asylum seekers in appealing the denial of their asylum claims.

Pro bono attorneys receive ongoing support from HIAS in the form of mentoring and access to a library of resources. As part of our effort to provide wraparound services, HIAS also provides pro bono attorneys with connections to its wide network of social services partners so that their clients can benefit from other vital resources while their cases are pending.

We are actively recruiting new Pro Bono Attorneys! If you are interested in participating in any of HIAS' pro bono work, either locally (in the NY or DC metropolitan areas), or nationally, please fill out this form.

*HIAS’ Pro Bono Program in New York City would not be possible without the generous support of the New York Bar Foundation.