The BIA Pro Bono Project
10 Years of Service
the due process of law has become increasingly challenging.
One of the nation’s most successful pro bono initiatives, the BIA Pro Bono Project partners with more than 500 attorneys and law school clinics to provide free legal representation to poor asylum-seekers and long time legal residents, safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable immigrants.
Since its inception in 2001, CLINIC has staffed and operated this Project, making a difference for hundreds of individuals who have seen their cases achieve favorable rulings all the way to the Supreme Court.
In the Matter of Pedroza, a case that was first represented by a volunteer attorney through the BIA Pro Bono Project, the BIA found that convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude do not necessarily make immigrants ineligible for cancellation of removal when their term of imprisonment is less than one year and they qualify for the petty offense exception. This case’s decision was important because it offers second chances for individuals with family and community connections in the United States to remain in this country.