Pro bono attorneys and non-attorney volunteers are crucial to our success. Our volunteers offer assistance in many ways: they assist us to prepare asylum applications and family court petitions; they conduct country conditions and legal research and writing, they assist us to prepare our clients for trial, they meet with clients and prepare immigration forms at legal clinics; they help clients to interact with government agencies and professional offices to get records they need for their cases, and they assist us in creating legal education materials for other advocates and the public. There are many ways to be involved in our work and we will tailor our volunteer opportunities based upon the interests and availability of our volunteers.
Direct Representation Opportunities
Neighbors Link can provide both affirmative and litigation opportunities. An example of a recent direct representation opportunity is when a firm secured asylum protections for a woman fleeing forced marriage and gender based persecution from Gambia after filing her asylum application and representing her in her asylum interview before USCIS. Another example is when a firm agreed to represent a client of Neighbors Link who was detained in Texas after fleeing gang violence in Guatemala and whose applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture had been denied there, in a petition for review before the US court of appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Our attorneys partner with the firm to research and write the legal arguments.
Other Opportunities to Donate Time
Many of our volunteers work on legal research and writing projects. In these opportunities, volunteers work on their own schedule. This kind of volunteer opportunity can take many forms, but one example is a volunteer met with clients, researched case law, met with country condition experts, and assisted in the preparation of a Nigerian family’s applications for asylum and cancellation of removal. She then was able to second chair the Neighbors Link attorney at trial.
For more information on volunteering with Neighbors Link Community Law Practice, please contact Ali Leisawitz or Daniela Valdovinos at firstname.lastname@example.org.