Become a pro bono attorney

Want to make a difference at a critical juncture in a child’s life while also developing client advocacy, litigation, research, and writing skills? Become a pro bono attorney for our Immigrant Children’s Legal Program.

What we do

In 2005, we launched the Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (ICLP) to help the increasing number of unaccompanied children involved in immigration court proceedings but who cannot afford legal representation. We recruit and mentor pro bono attorneys to represent immigrant children facing deportation. We have matched hundreds of children with attorneys nationwide. Currently, we have a network of pro bono attorneys that extends to more than 30 states.

How volunteering as a pro bono attorney makes a difference

By representing one of the thousands of immigrant children who need representation, our volunteer attorneys help children all over the United States achieve stability.

  • Up to 70% of unaccompanied children potentially qualify for statuses that exempt them from deportation
  • Fewer than 50% of children are represented in immigration court
  • Children with legal representation are nearly 9 times more likely to win their case

How you can help

We work with pro bono attorneys willing to represent unaccompanied children facing deportation.

  • We welcome attorneys with all types of legal expertise
  • No immigration experience required
  • Spanish language skills are not necessary
  • We are also in need of interpreters and immigration and family law experts willing to serve as mentors to other attorneys.

Support for pro bono attorneys

We offer training and support to attorneys to ensure that clients receive high-quality representation.

  • Training and mentoring
  • Technical assistance
  • Sample materials
  • Guidance on the immigration court process
  • ICLP staff is available to answer questions on a regular basis

Interested in becoming a pro bono attorney?