Hoosier attorneys seeking to offer their services to immigrant children facing deportation now have an avenue to do so, the American Bar Association announced.
A new ABA online platform, Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation, offers help to immigrant children facing deportation in several states by connecting them with attorneys who are interested in becoming their advocate.
The pilot project provides a way for pro bono attorneys nationwide to search for cases posted by civil legal aid providers to address legal relief for unaccompanied children who have crossed into the United States from Mexico. Attorneys can search for cases by geographic location, case type and posting organization. Cases will be provided by legal aid and pro bono programs nationwide and include mentoring support.
Developed by Florida-based legal technology company SavvySuit and funded by the Vera Institute of Justice, the website will be operated by the ABA’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy, which trains and offers support to lawyers representing children in immigration proceedings.
The website and its data engine are based on the same technology as Florida Pro Bono Matters, which SavvySuit developed for The Florida Bar Foundation to match volunteer lawyers with civil cases in that state.
“Until children in deportation proceedings have the right to appointed counsel at public expense, pro bono attorneys are a key support to the legal service organizations that provide this critical representation,” said ABA President Bob Carlson.
Interested attorneys can find more information here.