Flashback Feature: BIA Pro Bono Project

Last Updated

October 31, 2023
Without effective legal representation, detained immigrants have little hope in winning their cases before immigration judges. However, immigrants in removal proceedings are not entitled to publicly funded legal counsel. In 2001, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project was created by the Department of Justice as an initiative to address this dire issue, in partnership with several nonprofit organizations, including CLINIC. As one of the nation’s most successful pro bono initiatives, the BIA Pro Bono Project has brought over 500 attorneys and law school clinics together to provide low-income asylum seekers and long-time legal residents with free legal representation. Since its inception, this project has provided legal counsel to over 1,000 individuals around the country who otherwise would have lacked legal assistance. CLINIC is proud to have been one of the founding organizations involved in this initiative that has helped many vulnerable detained immigrants.