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NIJC's Pro Bono Project partners with volunteer attorneys to provide free legal representation for low-income immigrants seeking family- or protection-based relief. NIJC welcomes interested attorneys to represent vulnerable individuals on a pro bono basis.

NIJC extensively screens all cases to ensure that only those who are legally eligible for the immigration benefit sought and those with the fewest private resources enter NIJC’s program and are referred for pro bono representation by attorneys and firms who generously donate their time and expertise. NIJC provides training, technical assistance and case support as necessary throughout the life of a case.

An attorney taking a case for the first time must attend one of NIJC's trainings. Attorneys who accept NIJC cases can be assured that they will have ample support and resources from which to draw to facilitate a successful outcome.

Contact NIJC's pro bono manager to inquire about upcoming trainings, and read more below about NIJC's pro bono expectations and opportunities.

Pro Bono Expectations and Guidelines

NIJC expects pro bono attorneys to agree to maintain their representation from case commencement to completion. For information about the shared commitment NIJC and pro bono attorneys agree to when embarking on a collaboration for new cases, read NIJC's Pro Bono Attorney Guidelines.

Types of Pro Bono Opportunities

NIJC's Pro Bono Program continues to expand with opportunities available to volunteers and clients served across the United States. Here is a general overview of our Pro Bono Program.

NIJC offers opportunities to provide pro bono representation for the following immigrant populations and forms of relief:

  • Asylum (learn more)
  • U Visa (learn more)
  • VAWA (learn more)
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) state predicate orders (learn more)
  • Detained immigrants (learn more)
  • LGBTQ immigrants (learn more)
  • Clinics are organized by firm or corporate in-house teams and require representation on a minimum number of cases.
    • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
    • Citizenship 
    • Post-asylee/refugee benefits 

To learn more and register for a training, contact NIJC's pro bono manager.

If you are already a pro bono attorney with NIJC and want to represent a client, view the individuals who need your pro bono representation.

Check out other ways you can help protect immigrant rights.