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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


The BIA Pro Bono Project needs your help!


Safeguard the rights of vulnerable immigrants by facilitating access to justice. Support pro bono legal representation for  asylum-seekers and long-time lawful permanent residents.

CLINIC Pro Bono Awardees

Above and Beyond: Walter Ruehle of the Cornell University Law School Immigration Appellate Law and Advocacy Clinic

Screener Recognition

Each week our volunteer screeners go to the Board to review cases for the Project. Thank you for sharing your time, dedication, and expertise with the Project.

Find Out More!

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


Frequently Asked Questions from Volunteers

Volunteer with the BIA Pro Bono Project      Pro Bono Procedures and Resources (password protected)

Featured Pro Bono Project Resources

Bradley Jenkins, CLINIC attorney and manager of the BIA Pro Bono Project, comments on the conditions within the Artesia Family Residential Center in New Mexico which may have exacerbated a young child's medical condition. Read the full Huffpost article here.
Aug 15, 2018
The BIA Pro Bono project connected 130 attorneys with detained clients in need of legal assistance, with attorney Tim Patton being one of them. Patton's with the project has given him a new perspective on legal procedures in the United States, an experience the project director, CLINIC's Bradley Jenkins, finds pretty common for new volunteers....
Aug 15, 2018
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Sep 28, 2015
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Feb 27, 2014