Volunteer and Resource Opportunities

This page will be continually updated as resources and information develop.

President’s Message

State Bar of Texas President Joe Longley sent the following message to bar members on June 28 about the separation of immigrant families on the Texas border. Read his message here.

Resources

Free Webinar — Best Practices for Representing Separated Parents and Children — The ABA Commission on Immigration, ProBAR, CRSJ and Children's Immigration Law Academy (CILA) will present a free webinar at 10 a.m. (CT) on July 13 for attorneys who wish to learn more about representing families separated by the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. Click here to learn more and register to attend. 

Credible Fear & Immigration Bond Hearing Training - The Austin Bar Association and American Gateways offered this training for attorneys who want to help families separated upon entering the U.S. Click here to view the training via Periscope. Click here to view the training handouts and other resources.

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)—a joint project of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association—is requesting volunteers who are fluent in Spanish and have some background in immigration law. For more information, click here. To donate, go here.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, which has been working hard on family reunification efforts along the border, reported that the agency could use donations. Interested individuals can donate online here. You can specify in the comments area if you would like the donation to be dedicated to the immigration team.

Texas Civil Rights Project is in urgent need of support representing parents in their immigration proceedings, particularly those who are detained at the Port Isabel Detention Center (PIDC). If you are a Spanish-speaking lawyer who could take on one or more cases at PIDC, and who could visit the clients soon (to get the G-28 appearance forms signed and filed ASAP - before the parents are deported), please sign up here. Note that attorneys must be committed to seeing these cases through to their conclusion.

Refugee And Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) requests that volunteers who wish to provide pro bono support to separated parents use this sign up form. General volunteers, including interpreters, can assist RAICES in other ways by signing up here.

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) needs pro bono attorneys willing to provide legal representation to unaccompanied minors and separated children who will be released in the Houston area. KIND will partner volunteer attorneys with a KIND mentoring attorney for the duration of the case. Attorneys can email infohouston@supportkind.org if they would like to volunteer. KIND also needs donations to support legal services for children. You can donate here.

Texas Access to Justice Foundation has established a fund and committed to immediately distribute donations to the areas and programs most in need. Find it here.

American Gateways has reported that it could use attorneys immediately to help with limited representation for Credible Fear Interviews and Reasonable Fear Interviews, and to help preparation for bond hearings. You can sign up here.

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley is seeking attorneys able to provide direct representation for children’s immigration cases and is also accepting donations including books, toys, supplies, and other items, for detained children. To express a desire to provide representation, email probono@catholiccharities.org. To make donations and see an updated list of needs, click here.

Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc. is representing separated children at the Tornillo detention center and asks that attorneys interested in volunteering at that location email volunteer@dmrs-ep.org.

The Tahirih Justice Center — which provides direct legal services, advocacy, and training and education to protect immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence — is working to support separated children and their parents and to ensure families are not subject to long term detention. They are seeking donations here.

CARA — the collective work of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association — is seeking volunteers at the Dilley and Karnes family detention center. Volunteer information can be found here.

Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso needs volunteers with a wide variety of skills. To see their needs and volunteer, click here. To consider donating money or in-kind supplies, view Las Americas’ needs here.

Annunciation House serves the poor in the El Paso-Juarez community with short- to mid-term needs who may stay at the house for weeks or months. To view the needs of Annunciation House and donate click here

The Hispanic National Bar Association has launched this page to promote volunteer and donation opportunities designed to assist separated families.

The Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative launched this page on how to help.