Learn More About Pro Bono

Our work at the ABA Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) includes supporting and uplifting advocates who work pro bono on children’s immigration cases. Nearly half of the youth in immigration proceedings must face deportation without a lawyer. Attorneys willing to take a case can make a difference in their lives.

There are many ways to help. For those located in Houston, Texas, check out this recording of a panel discussion hosted by the Houston Association of Women Attorneys on March 6, 2024. CILA joined speakers from Catholic Charities’ Cabrini Center, Tahirih Justice Center, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Galveston-Houston Immigration Representation Project (GHIRP), Houston Volunteer Lawyers (HVL), and YMCA International Services to share about pro bono opportunities in the Houston area.

CILA also hosts a platform called Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation for organizations nationwide to post pro bono opportunities. Individuals interested in volunteering to support a child in an immigration case can find many available opportunities on CILA’s platform. You can learn more about the platform and other ways to engage on CILA’s Get Involved webpage.

We are here to support pro bono attorneys working with children and youth in immigration proceedings. CILA provides 101 trainings, advanced trainings, and written resources. Our Pro Bono Guide includes an overview of common forms of relief, practicing in immigration court, important skills for working with youth, and research tips. Watch this short video to learn more about the guide.

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