Christopher, Lauren , and 33 others support this project.
Welcome.US

Welcome Legal Alliance: National Network to Assist Afghan Evacuees

Connect with a national network of attorneys supporting people who have fled Afghanistan

Posted February 2, 2022

Background & Context

Welcome.US is a new non-partisan nonprofit initiative that works to engage and mobilize all Americans to welcome and support refugees, beginning with the individuals and families who fled Afghanistan. Welcome.US provides a single point of entry to channel the outpouring of support by Americans who want to get involved by donating supplies, money, or time to frontline organizations; offering temporary housing; or sponsoring Afghan families as they start new lives in the United States.

The Welcome Legal Alliance is a Welcome.US initiative to mobilize the nation’s lawyers to ensure that Afghan evacuees have access to critical pro bono legal services to support, among other things, their immigration legal needs.

Immediate Problem

With thousands of Afghan evacuees resettling in communities across the United States, there is an urgent need for pro bono legal representation. This project will support the frontline legal services and other nonprofit organizations serving our Afghan allies and new neighbors. Lawyers across the country, working in-house and at law firms big and small, have already been stepping up and increasing pro bono work to support immigration, refugee, and asylum cases. The Welcome Legal Alliance will enhance, grow, and leverage these efforts to reach as many cases as possible.

Work & Deliverables

Through this project, the Welcome Legal Alliance will recruit lawyers, law firms, and legal teams to participate in pro bono legal work on behalf of Afghan evacuees, helping connect volunteers to resettlement agencies and legal aid organizations with client referrals.

We The Action and the Welcome Legal Alliance will share projects as they are identified by the Alliance's nonprofit partners, including Human Rights First, VECINA, The Advocates for Human Rights, the Immigration Justice Campaign, the International Rescue Committee, and more. Lawyers will receive notifications of projects based on their location, legal experience, language skills, and other factors.

Specific projects and needs will be defined by the Welcome Legal Alliance's nonprofit partners who are staffing each case. Opportunities range from screening evacuees’ immigration claims to limited- and full-scope immigration representation for asylum and other forms of relief.

In many instances, training, mentorship, and supervision by experienced immigration lawyers will be available.

Project Plan

Preparation Phase

  • Review specific project posts WLA and WTA share with you

Collaboration Phase

  • Volunteer for specific projects of interest to you
  • Complete training provided by WLA nonprofit partner
  • Wait for a confirmed match with a case
  • Complete casework as defined by WLA nonprofit partner

Wrap Up

  • Report outcomes and other information as requested by WLA nonprofit partner
Christopher, Lauren , and 33 others support this project.

Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 21+ hours
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Additional Training Details: Training will vary by project and by the frontline nonprofit partner handling placing the case. Specific information about training will be provided along with other project information.
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Preferred Languages: Dari, Farsi, Pashto
  • Mentoring Provided: Yes
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Welcome.US

Welcome.US is a new non-partisan nonprofit initiative that works to engage and mobilize all Americans to welcome and support refugees, beginning with the individuals and families who fled Afghanistan. Welcome.US provides a single point of entry to channel the outpouring of support by Americans who want to get involved by donating supplies, money, or time to frontline organizations; offering temporary housing; or sponsoring Afghan families as they start new lives in the United States.

Others have also checked out