Decide Which Type of Case is Right for You
There are many different types of immigration cases that you can volunteer with, from a day-long naturalization workshop to a complex removal defense case that might last many years. Each nonprofit legal service provider decides which cases they take, and of those cases, which are referred to volunteer attorneys and/or legal advocates. Some organizations serve specific populations, such as LGBT individuals, women, or children. When you contact a nonprofit legal provider you can ask them about the types of cases they refer to volunteers and pro bono attorneys.
Find An Opportunity
Many nonprofit immigration legal service providers offer volunteer opportunities for attorneys and legal advocates. To find an organization in your area, enter your zip code or choose your state on our volunteer opportunities guide. You can also check out our lists of ongoing local and national projects that are currently recruiting volunteers, or look at our volunteers needed calendar for special events and short-term opportunities near you.
Learn the Law
Nonprofit legal providers provide varying levels of support to their volunteer attorneys and legal advocates, from little or no guidance to in-depth training and mentoring. If you are just getting started in immigration, check out our attorney and legal advocate resources page. To find free or low-cost training online or in-person, view our searchable training calendar.
Featured Opportunity For Attorneys
The Catholic Charities Liberty Defense Pro Bono Project is a dynamic, first-of-its-kind statewide project in New York State. The project identifies immigration cases through community legal clinics and refers them to volunteer legal representatives, increasing statewide access to free legal services for low-income and vulnerable immigrants.
The new online platform, funded by the Liberty Defense Project, gives volunteers the tools to competently and effectively assist the most vulnerable immigrants. The all-inclusive site provides volunteers with the ability to review available cases, sign up for short-term and case placement volunteer opportunities, learn more about the work of the Pro Bono Project and access a wealth of training materials and practice templates. The online volunteer portal comes with more than 100 practice tools and web-based trainings, with new materials added as needed.