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Administrative (Immigration) Appeals for Detained Asylum-Seekers

Giving asylum-seekers a 2nd chance to win protection by pairing them w/ pro bono counsel to appeal unfair decisions from the detained El Paso-area immigration courts.

Posted December 26, 2019

Immigrants and asylum-seekers searching for protection and safe-haven in the United States have been met with increasing disdain and racism, as well as practical impediments affecting their ability to successfully resettle within our borders. This issue has been further complicated by the administration’s implementation of new policies and regulations that frustrate the ability of asylum-seekers to obtain relief, as well as by the notoriously high asylum denial rates in immigration courts at or near the border. The denial rates out of the detained border courts are even higher. Even for represented asylum-seekers, who statistically fare better than pro se asylum applicants, the chance of obtaining asylum relief before immigration courts while detained at or near the border is bleak. Hope for relief for many of these immigrants (and others like them) lie with the appeal process.

This project seeks to increase the chances of asylum seekers to obtain positive outcomes in their cases by them with pro bono counsel to appeal unfair and poorly reasoned decisions coming from the El Paso (and nearby) immigration courts. HIAS and our partner (Immigration Justice Campaign) will arrange for mentors for pro bono attorneys and provide access to relevant training materials for pro bono attorneys to successfully represent their clients.

HIAS provides malpractice insurance for pro bono attorneys who aren’t otherwise covered.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 21+ hours
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Additional Training Details: Best Practices webinar on Appellate Immigration Representation
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Additional Location Details: -Technological capabilities (video teleconference via Skype or Zoom) preferred. -Volunteers must have their own computer to draft the legal brief.
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Mentoring Provided: Yes
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
HIAS

HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom. HIAS rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are. We protect the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom. We advocate for the protection of refugees and assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve. Guided by our Jewish values and history, we bring more than 130 years of expertise to our work with refugees.

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