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Urgent and Available Cases

NIJC's network of pro bono attorneys represent asylum seekers, unaccompanied immigrant children, survivors of domestic abuse and low-income individuals applying for naturalization. NIJC screens all cases to ensure individuals are eligible for relief and to prioritize individuals and families who lack the private resources needed to obtain representation elsewhere.

NIJC pro bono attorneys receive training before taking on their first case, and ongoing technical assistance and case support as necessary throughout the life of each case.

Asylum: Honduran mother and her two children seek asylum after threats from gangs.

C. and her children speak Spanish and live in western Indiana.

C.’s ex-partner, M., is a member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang in Honduras.  When C. began her relationship with R., he was very kind to her, but soon after they moved in together he began to beat her and emotionally abuse her. He forbade her contact with others, threatened to harm her oldest child and frequently raped her. C. tried to report M.’s abuse to the police in Honduras multiple times, but was never able to obtain protection.  When C. first fled to Mexico for protection he threatened to kill the children. Fearing for their lives, C. fled to the U.S. with her children. NIJC timely filed C.’s asylum application with the immigration court in 2020.  All affidavits and supporting materials to C.’s case will be due 15 days prior to her individual merits hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.

Asylum: A lesbian woman from Haiti flees torture and seeks asylum in the U.S.

M. speaks Haitian Creole and French and lives in Chicago, Illinois.

M. began exploring her sexual orientation at the age of 12.  When she was older, M. entered into a relationship with a man in order to hide her sexual orientation. After being caught in an intimate moment with a woman however, M. was arrested and taken into custody where she was beaten and tortured by fellow detainees once it was discovered she is a lesbian. M. fled to the U.S. and presented herself at the border in November 2016. NIJC filed M.’s asylum application in 2018. Her merits hearing is in March 2021; M’s affidavit and other supporting documents will be due 15 days prior to her merits hearing. 

U Visa: A woman from Mexico seeking protection as a survivor of domestic violence.

A. speaks Spanish and resides in a suburb of Chicago.

A. was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of her former partner, D. A. and D. had been in a relationship for 10 years and D. was physically and verbally abusive throughout. The abuse only worsened. On July 7, 2018, D. was very drunk and struck A. on the left side of her face and on her head with his fist. A. called the police, but by the time they arrived, D. had fled. A. was fully cooperative in the investigation of the crime by providing a detailed report of the incident. A. was treated for her injuries by the ambulance that arrived to her home. 

“Working with the National Immigrant Justice Center was one of the most impactful experiences I’ve had thus far as an attorney. It can sometimes be easy to forget the impact the law can have on a person’s life and for our client, it saved her life."
Ahmad Murrar, Foley & Lardner LLP


NIJC offers a wide range of immigration law trainings and other opportunities for attorneys to engage with the organization's mission. An attorney taking a case for the first time must attend one of NIJC's quarterly trainings.


Federal Litigation

NIJC and its pro bono attorneys are on the vanguard of federal impact litigation and advocacy, setting positive precedents for people seeking human rights protections within the United States and defending against the administration's efforts to undermine access to due process.