Immigration Pro Bono Development and Bar Activation Project Pro Bono Activities
Advisory Committee to the Immigration Pro Bono Development and Bar Activation Project
Chairs: Edwin C. Yohnka
Founded in 1990, the ABA Immigration Pro Bono Development and Bar Activation Project is dedicated to focusing the organizing bar on the neglected civil legal and advocacy needs of vulnerable immigrants, refugees and newcomers. The Project provides minigrants, technical assistance and support for the development of innovative, sustainable bar-sponsored pro bono representation programs for this constituency. Over the last decade, the Project has funded and worked with more than 80 bar-sponsored pro bono programs for immigrants from over 30 states. Additionally, the Project has undertaken two special initiatives involving ABA leadership: the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Detention Standards Implementation Initiative and the Detained Immigrant and Refugee Children's Emergency Pro Bono Representation Initiative. Through the Detention Standards Implementation Initiative, the Project works with bar associations and law firms to tour and report on more than 400 INS detention facilities' compliance with the Detention Standards the ABA helped negotiate. Through the Detained Immigrant and Refugee Children's Emergency Pro Bono Representation Initiative, the Project provides grants, technical assistance and support to bar associations located at major detention sites for comprehensive pro bono legal care programs for 5,500 detained immigrant and refugee children. The Project's grantmaking for 2001-2002 will be by invitation only and exclusively in the area of serving adult and children detainees.
Volunteers and Cases:
Last year, Project grantees and their pro bono attorneys reached more than 10,000 immigrants, refugees and newcomers through direct legal assistance, referral and representation efforts. Through the Detained Immigrant and Refugee Children's Emergency Pro Bono Representation Effort, participating pro bono attorneys have donated more than $3.5 million in billable hours to assist and represent hundreds of detained immigrant and refugee children since the program commenced last year.