PRO BONO FAQ
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01. Where is Las Americas located?
Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center is located in El Paso, Texas,
less than two miles from the international border and the Paso Del
Norte port of entry.
02. What services does Las Americas provide?
Las Americas provides free and low-cost immigration services ranging
from deportation defense and detained asylum work to humanitarian
affirmative immigration work and family-based petitions.
03. Who can volunteer?
We are primarily in need of attorneys, partially and fully accredited
representatives, law students, law graduates, and non-practicing
attorneys. Not you? Please still get in touch if you’re interested in
volunteering and we can see how your skills fit.
04. Do I need immigration experience?
While we love having experienced immigration attorneys join us, we will
provide you with the training you need to conduct intakes, credible fear
interview preparation sessions, and other tasks. Please tell us in advance
whether or not you have previous immigration experience.
05. Do I need to speak Spanish?
No. Although most of our clients are monolingual Spanish speakers, we
do have access to a language line to assist in interpretation. Please keep
in mind that activities for non-Spanish speakers may vary based on
interpreter availability. Speak another language? We also frequently have
clients who speak K’iche,’ Portuguese, and French. ** If you are participating in a
pro bono delegation, we require that at least half of the group speak Spanish to
assist with legal work and interpretation for colleagues.
06. How long do I need to commit?
We ask pro-bono volunteers to commit at least one week to
volunteering with us. That allows us to provide the necessary training to
each group and allows you to assist as many people as possible.
07. What types of activities will I be doing?
Depending on your licensing/legal background, you can expect to do
Credible Fear Interview Preparation sessions with detained migrants,
attend Master Calendar hearings, research country conditions,
assemble asylum packets, visit clients in El Paso, Otero, or Sierra
Blanca, participate in Know Your Rights Presentations, collect data
on human rights violations, observing asylum seekers at the international
bridge, and other needed activities.
08. Are there stipends or funding available for this program?
Las Americas is unable to provide stipends or funding for this volunteer
program. Some pro-bonos have been able to secure partial funding from
professional groups, law schools, churches, or personal fundraising.
09. How do I get there?
It is easiest to fly into the El Paso International airport, which is located
less than seven miles from our office.
10. Where should I stay?
Las Americas is located close to downtown and less than 7 miles from
the airport. Many pro bonos have found Airbnb to offer affordable
11. Do I need a car?
El Paso does not have efficient public transportation. We highly
recommend that at any group of pro bonos have at least one vehicle.
Driving is necessary to get to the detention centers, some of which are
located more than half an hour away.
12. I have more questions!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.
13. I’m in! What do I do next?
Please fill out the interest form on our Pro Bono Program page and our volunteer coordinator will follow up with you to coordinate logistics and scheduling.