Currently not accepting new volunteers
The Immigration Justice Campaign

COVID-19 ACTION: Represent a Detained Immigrant in Requesting Bond (Fully Remote Opportunity)

Help detained immigrants who are bond eligible secure release from immigration detention.

Posted November 13, 2019

The Immigration Justice Campaign has an urgent need for pro bono counsel to file bond motions. This is particularly compelling in light of the potential for COVID-19 to spread in detention where access to medical care is never a guarantee. Immigration Customs & Enforcement has broad discretion to release or detain individuals, including asylum seekers. Many of these people are eligible for release on bond pending their immigration court cases. Pro Bono attorneys can help balance the scales of justice by helping these people file a request to the Immigration Court to secure their release on bond. If an individual is released, this is a huge service – more time to fight their case, find counsel, gather evidence, and not suffer conditions of confinement while in deportation proceedings. This fully remote volunteer opportunity involves setting up telephonic client meetings, drafting a bond motion for submission to the Immigration Court, collecting supporting evidence from your client (or their family), and arguing the bond motion via a telephonic appearance with the Immigration Court. If you do not already have Executive Office Immigration Review (EOIR) number in order to appear before the Immigration Court, we will discuss alternatives to usual requirement of in-person court registration.

Project Plan

Preparation Phase

  • A member of our pro bono coordination team will email you.

Collaboration Phase

  • Once placed with a case, you will follow a less than 6 weeks timeline to file your motion.

Wrap Up

  • You are not engaged for representation beyond filing for bond.
Currently not accepting new volunteers

Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 21+ hours
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Additional Training Details: Immigration Justice Campaign legal support staff provide mentoring, samples, and materials.
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Additional Location Details: The Immigration Court can grant motions to appear telepathically and your communication with your client can also be done remotely using phone and in some locations, video apps.
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Preferred Languages: Spanish
  • Mentoring Provided: Yes
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
The Immigration Justice Campaign

The Immigration Justice Campaign is a joint initiative between the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (AIC) to mobilize and train volunteer lawyers inside and outside the immigration bar to provide deportation defense to detained immigrants.

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