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“Volunteering with Las Americas was a fabulous experience. It was one week of intensive learning about the bureaucratic mess which is our immigration system.

The staff at Las Americas are incredibly compassionate and work diligently to advocate for people seeking asylum in El Paso. I was humbled by their focus and devotion to this cause.”

- Rachel Berger, social work volunteer from Seattle, 2019

The Las Americas Pro-Bono Program provides free legal services to immigrants and refugees detained in the El Paso Processing Center, Otero County Processing Center, and West Texas Detention Facility (Sierra Blanca) to prepare them for or represent them in seeking asylum in the United States.

We rely on the participation and involvement of both local and non-local attorneys, accredited representatives, law students, and social workers to better expand our reach and serve immigrants and refugees coming through the second-largest port of entry in the United States.

 
Columbia Law Students, Alternative Spring Break 2019

Columbia Law Students, Alternative Spring Break 2019


ATTORNEYS & ACCREDITED REPRESENTATIVES

 
 

local attorneys

Las Americas greatly encourages the participation and involvement of attorneys in the El Paso area. If you are a local attorney interested in volunteering, Las Americas hosts a monthly training on our Detained Intake procedures. For more information, please fill out the local attorney interest form.

 

non-local attorneys & accredited representatives

Since the Pro-Bono Program’s inception, Las Americas has worked with both groups of and individual legal representatives from across the country, all of whom are passionate about immigrant and human rights.

All non-local group and individual pro-bono volunteers are asked to commit to the organization for at least a full week, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and to pay their own expenses.

Tasks for the week include:

  • CFI Prep: prepare people to articulate their case during their credible fear interview. Note: preference for CFI prep will be given to attorneys who are fluent in Spanish.

  • Legal Research: country conditions and court rulings in the 5th circuit to support positive findings in immigration court.

  • Remote Work: assist with trial briefs, appellate briefs, requests for evidence, and legal research.

Las Americas provides a comprehensive training on the first day, covering our Detained Intake procedures, Immigration 101, Credible Fear Interview (CFI) prep, Asylum Issue-Spotting, and Declaration Drafting.

Though Spanish is not required, it is helpful to have at least one person in your group who speaks Spanish.

If you are a non-local attorney/accredited rep and are interested in working with us, please visit our Pro-Bono Program FAQ and fill out our non-local legal representative interest form.

 

 

ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK

 

Las Americas cherishes the opportunity to work with law students during their spring break. We pride ourselves on providing hands-on experience to 2 and 3Ls with a strong interest in immigration law.

During their spring break, students are able to work on a myriad of legal procedures including intakes and credible fear interview preparation sessions at the 3 detention centers, legal brief writing, legal research, country conditions research and reports, declaration writing, VAWA submissions, court submissions, and more.

Las Americas provides a comprehensive training on the first day, covering our Detained Intake procedures, Immigration 101, Credible Fear Interview (CFI) prep, Asylum Issue-Spotting, and Declaration Drafting.

Requirements:

  • Preference for 2 and 3Ls, but 1Ls are also encouraged to attend

  • Groups can be no more than 9 people

  • Commit to the organization at least two months in advance

  • Commit to a full week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Fill out all necessary forms

  • Maintain communication with the volunteer coordinator

  • All students must bring a laptop

Though Spanish is not required, it is helpful to have at least one person in your group who speaks Spanish.

If you are interested in spending your spring break with Las Americas, please visit our Law Student FAQ and fill out our law student group interest form.


SOCIAL WORKERS

If you are a social worker interested in providing services pro-bono, please contact administrator@las-americas.org. There are possibilities for remote work.