PRO BONO FAQ

 For any additional questions, please email volunteersinfo@las-americas.org.

 

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

accommodations.

 

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 volunteersinfo@las-americas.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.