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 NYC and Silver Spring, MD, and across the country - to provide legal services to refugees, asylum seekers, asylees, and others who are seeking humanitarian relief.
In NYC and Silver Spring, HIAS engages pro bono attorneys to help with both short term/discrete projects, such as adjustment of status applications and country conditions research projects, as well as larger-scale projects like direct representation of clients who are seeking asylum.
Nationally, HIAS engages pro bono attorneys across the country to support asylum seekers at the U.S./Mexico border. Although COVID-19 restrictions are in place, pro bono attorneys can work on a variety of remote projects, including limited legal representation of asylum seekers who need help with the preparation of their I-589s, Application for Asylum, and representation of detained asylum seekers who are appealing the denial of their asylum claims to the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Pro bono attorneys receive ongoing support from HIAS through hands-on 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.