Help Vulnerable Immigrants With Pro Bono Legal Assistance

 

PIRC serves the most vulnerable immigrants among us - immigrants who have fled persecution, who are victims of crime, who have little or no resources - those who have the greatest need. PIRC's staff is dedicated to the mission of ensuring access to justice to vulnerable immigrants in detention and in our community. But, the need for legal assistance exceeds our ability to serve.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES 


 Protection from Persecution


 L.C. from Honduras


 L.C just turned 18, and is an Evangelical Christian.  Gang members threatened to kill him because he would not join them. L.C. preached on the streets and encouraged other teenagers to avoid gangs.  L.C. had an attorney from another non-profit organization who has already prepared materials in this case.

 

Relief Sought:    Asylum/ Withholding/Relief under the Convention of Torture

Detention Status:             Detained at York County Prison

Next Hearing:    Merits hearing June 15, 1pm (Possible to file for a continuance)

Language:           Spanish

Anticipated Time Commitment: 50 hours        

Next Hearing:    L.C. will be scheduled for his first hearing soon.  The Court supports pro bono attorneys and can be flexible with scheduling.

 

CT from Cuba


 C.T. was a political activist who participated in several anti-government marches and demonstrations.  As a result, he was beaten and detained multiple times, and imprisoned for two years.  He fears the same or worse if he is forced to return. C.T. has been living in the United States since 2013, and does have some criminal convictions.

 

Relief Sought:    Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture

Detention Status:             Detained at York County Prison

Language:           Spanish

Anticipated Time Commitment: 50 hours 

Next Hearing:    November 15th is the final hearing.    The court wants to encourage pro bono representation and can work with an attorney to find a different date.

 

LB from Hungary


 L.B. is a half Roma/half Hungarian woman who has suffered decades of persecution because of her ethnicity.  Her brother was seriously beaten in one incident.  Groups of skinheads have visited her house, destroyed her property and threatened her family.  When L.B. went to the police, they only belittled her and said it was her fault.  L.B. also has a gay adult son living in the United States who is afraid to return to Hungary.

 

Relief Sought:    Withholding of removal and relief under the Convention Against Torture

Detention Status:             Detained at York County Prison

Language:           Hungarian

Anticipated Time Commitment: 50 hours

Next Hearing:    October 25, 2017 is her final hearing, but the Court supports pro bono and an attorney could seek a continuance. 

 

KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER


TR from Trinidad and Tobago


 T.R. has been living in the United States since he was nine years old.  All of his family is here.  Although T.R. was convicted of carrying a firearm without a license, he was able to show the Immigration Judge that he deserves a second chance to live in the country he calls home. He did this without an attorney.  Unfortunately, the government appealed this decision, and T.R. now needs assistance with the appeal.

 

Language             English

Detention Status:             Detained at York County Prison

Anticipated Time Commitment: 20-30 hours

Next Hearing:    T.R.'s brief is due on October 10, 2017, but PIRC can assist with obtaining a three-week continuance, meaning the brief would be due on October 31, 2017.

 

DUE PROCESS 


 DA from Cuba


D.A. is eligible to receive permanent residence status through the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA).  Immigration has detained him based on a minor criminal conviction.  D.A. needs an advocate who can help him apply for his permanent resident status.

 

Language(s) Spoken:      Spanish

Detention Status:             Detained at York County Prison

Anticipated Time Committment:               40-50 hours

Next Hearing:    D.A. is not scheduled for a hearing yet, it should be in 1-2 weeks.  The Court supports pro bono attorneys and can be flexible with scheduling.


 PIRC'S PRO BONO PROGRAM

  • PIRC partners with attorneys and legal clinics in many communities to provide legal assistance to indigent immigrants seeking asylum and other forms of immigration relief. PIRC's pro bono community plays a critical role in ensuring that vulnerable immigrants do not navigate the immigration court system or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services alone.
  • If  you would like to become a PIRC pro bono attorney/pro bono paralegal or would like more information on joining PIRC's pro bono community, please contact PIRC's Managing Attorney for the Detained Programs, Christina Powers, at [email protected]
  • PIRC is developing a legal training schedule and online resources to support pro bono attorneys in their vital work with vulnerable immigrants. Please check back for updates on training and resources. 
  • Click Here to complete our Volunteer Attorney Intake Form.
  • Click Here to learn about PBI's free CLE program

 

PIRC'S PRO BONO PROGRAM

For more information on joining PIRC's pro bono community, please contact PIRC's Managing Attorney for the Detained Programs, Christina Powers, at [email protected]

 

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