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How can people in Maryland help unaccompanied children?

Prepared by: Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

Date: July 02, 2015


The Maryland immigration legal community has formed the Unaccompanied Children Pro Bono Project. This project, coordinated by the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC), is a partnership between CAIR Coalition, Catholic Charities (Baltimore and D.C.), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Tahirih Justice Center, and the various regional pro bono referral agencies operating around the state. PBRC aids the partner organizations by recruiting volunteer attorneys, training them, and referring trained attorneys to the partner organizations. Volunteers have access to substantive training, malpractice insurance, mentorship, case support, interpreters, an email discussion listserv, and sample pleadings and forms. NO EXPERIENCE OR LANGUAGE REQUIRED.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Take a Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Asylum, T visa, or U Visa case and represent a child during their immigration proceedings before the Baltimore Immigration Court and/or MD Circuit Courts.
  • Advise children who come to the UAC Project Brief Advice Clinic at Immigration Court. The volunteer attorney will discuss legal options and next steps with UACs to give the children and their sponsors a better understanding of what to expect while they continue their search for an attorney. (These volunteers are encouraged, but not required to take on the representation of the UACs with whom they meet).
  • Interpret, especially in Spanish (you can be a non-attorney professional or student).

To get involved with this project, go to: http://www.probonomd.org/for-lawyers/pbrcs-projects/unaccompanied-children. Questions? Contact Pro Bono Resource Center Unaccompanied Children Project Manager Catherine Hulme at (443) 465-4627 or chulme@probonomd.org.

To directly contact Maryland’s Immigration Legal Services Providers to inquire about pro bono opportunities, go to http://www.uacresources.org/attorneys.