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The BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project matches vulnerable immigrants with pro bono counsel to defend their cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). One of the nation's most successful pro bono initiatives, the BIA Project partners with attorneys and law school clinics to provide pro bono legal representation to indigent immigrants. Through a network of committed volunteers, trainers, and mentors, the BIA Project facilitates access to justice, a critical component to safeguarding the rights of vulnerable asylum-seekers and long time lawful permanent residents.  Since the Project’s inception in 2001, it has reviewed over 7,200 appeals cases. The Project's cases regularly result in significant decisions, including favorable, published BIA decisions, as well as Federal and Supreme Court decisions. In a published study, the Department of Justice found that immigrants who had been provided representation through the Project were up to four times more likely to win a favorable decision before the BIA.  For more information, contact CLINIC staff attorney Bradley Jenkins at

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Qualifications to Volunteer: Background in immigration law or appellate legal work. Active bar membership. Also,  law school clinics may also participate.

Contact: Bradley Jenkins
Advocacy Attorney - BIA Pro Bono Project
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
8757 Georgia Avenue, Suite 850
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Phone: (301) 565-4820
Fax: (301) 565-4824

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