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Sanctuary Cities: Rights of State and Local Governments in Immigration Enforcement

Posted in Immigration, PLI, Technology

In its executive orders, the Trump administration announced plans to enforce immigration law more aggressively, and recruit state and local governments to help. The plans include punishing “sanctuary cities” by withholding federal funds. What does “sanctuary” mean? And what are the rights of state and local governments to resist a role in immigration enforcement? Sanctuary… Continue Reading

Support Immigrants in Two Easy Steps

Posted in Announcements, Immigration, Legal Services, Mobile, Resources, Technology, Website Launch

As we enter a new year and a new administration, immigrants and advocates have cause to worry. Last week’s executive orders on immigration signal real action on threats to deport large numbers of immigrants and punish the states and localities that try to protect them, among other draconian measures. Many are asking, “what can I… Continue Reading

Representing Children in Immigration Matters: Effective Advocacy & Ethical Best Practices

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, PLI, Seminar, Webinar

In November, the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) held an engaging seminar designed for attorneys representing children in immigration proceedings. Over the course of three panel discussions, PLI faculty and guest panelists discussed the unique challenges that they face while representing child clients. View a recording of the entire seminar HERE. Responding to a Humanitarian Crisis… Continue Reading

Volunteering Through Technology Initiative: Citizenshipworks at Brooklyn Public Library

Posted in Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Immigration, Pro Bono, Technology, Volunteer Profile

Pro Bono Net would like to recognize the thousands of volunteer lawyers who make a huge difference for those in need and the incredibly important work of pro bono volunteers in building our capacity to meet the vast unmet need for civil legal services.  This year we are celebrating National Pro Bono Week through a special… Continue Reading

IAN Presents their Fifth Annual E-Conference Fundraiser

Posted in Announcements, Conferences, Immigration, Libraries, Pro Bono, Resources, Staff News, Technology, Webinar

The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is excited to announce its fifth annual e-conference fundraiser, “Cutting Edge Issues in Immigration Law,” from October 31 to November 4, 2016. Join us for a week-long series of interactive online trainings with national experts on representing children, administrative advocacy, entry & admission, U visas, and provisional waivers. We explore… Continue Reading

Online resources empower Spanish speaking communities in the US

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, Resources, Technology

Hispanic Heritage month, a chance look at the wealth of contributions the Hispanic community has made and continues to make in our society, is almost over. As we celebrate the contributions, we continue to support our communities in achieving their dreams and goals by providing assistance in overcoming civil legal issues and access to justice. Continue… Continue Reading

Happy Citizenship Day!

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, Mobile, Resources, Technology

In honor of Citizenship day this past weekend, the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net would like to highlight our new and improved Citizenshipworks mobile app! Citizenshipworks is an award-winning free online service that helps those who are eligible to apply for citizenship, step-by-step. With a DIY application and online and in-person legal support, Citizenshipworks is a one-stop-shop for… Continue Reading

Iron Tech Winners: Immigration Healthcare Eligibility Application Liaison, iHeal

Posted in Announcements, Conferences, Immigration, Pro Bono, Staff News, Technology

Spring 2016 Winners of the Iron Tech Lawyer Competition Pro Bono Net’s Executive Director, Mark O’Brien co-teaches an experiential course at Georgetown Law called “Technology, Innovation and Legal Practice– Access to Justice” with Professor Tanina Rostain and Adjunct Professor Kevin Mulcahy. Students in the seminar hear from a range of experts on legal technologies and access to justice…. Continue Reading

Human Trafficking in Immigrant Communities: Special Considerations When the Immigrant is a Victim

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, PLI, Pro Bono, Resources, Webinar

As part of Practising Law Institute’s “Human Trafficking in Immigrant Communities” webinar a panel addressed special considerations for immigrant victims of human trafficking. Unlike domestic human trafficking victims, immigrants face additional hurdles related to their immigration status, cultural norms, and family hostage situations. Moderated by Melissa Brennan, Deputy Director of the Human Trafficking Initiative at… Continue Reading

Are you an attorney that can help? Find an Opportunity at UACresources.org

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

Author: Abigail Krusemark, Immigrant Youth Resources Coordinator (AmeriCorps VISTA), Immigration Advocates Network Over 100,000 unaccompanied children (UACs) have crossed the United States’ southern border since October of 2013. With more than half of these cases still pending in the nation’s immigration courts and nearly 70% of children unrepresented, the need for pro bono is great. The Unaccompanied… Continue Reading

LSNTAP Community Training Series: Process Mapping for Civil Legal Services: Small Investments with a Big Impact

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Staff News, Technology, Webinar

Jillian Theil has been the Training and Field Support Coordinator for Pro Bono Net since 2011. She manages the LSNTAP/PBN Community Training series.  Last month, Pro Bono Net and LSNTAP held another webinar in the 2015 LSNTAP Community Training series with a new topic, “Process Mapping for Civil Legal Services: Small Investments with a Big Impact!” The training highlighted approaches and… Continue Reading

Unaccompanied Children Resource Center Responds to Need for Legal Information

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, Technology

The Unaccompanied Children Resource Center launched in early 2015 as a joint project of the Immigration Advocates Network and the American Bar Association. The new website responds to the crisis of unaccompanied immigrant minors in immigration court proceedings. They are leaving their homes for many reasons: to escape abuse, discrimination, gender-based violence, poverty, trafficking, or other desperate situations. Some may qualify to… Continue Reading

LSNTAP/PBN Webinar: Innovations in Technology-enabled Pro Bono

Posted in Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Immigration, Legal Services, Libraries, Pro Bono, Technology, Webinar

In honor of National Celebrate Pro Bono Week, Pro Bono Net and LSNTAP partnered to produce a pre-Celebrate Pro Bono Week webinar on innovations in technology-enabled pro bono. Moderated by Adam Friedl of Pro Bono Net, the webinar presented examples of new innovations in technology to support pro bono, as well as tips on how… Continue Reading

PBN and IAN Attend the Inaugural New York Immigrant Assistance Consortium Conference

Posted in Conferences, Immigration, Pro Bono, Technology

On June 9th Pro Bono Net Executive Director Mark O’Brien and Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) Director Matthew Burnett participated in the inaugural conference of the New York Immigrant Assistance Consortium. Close to three hundred immigration advocates, legal service providers, government officials, and community members joined together to discuss how to better coordinate legal support for… Continue Reading

LSI and PBN: Creating Access with Sponsorships

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

Whenever I present on language access issues there is always a question of how to provide information to website users who have limited English proficiency (LEP). Because my focus is providing support for the LawHelp.org community, these discussions may range from how best to present information to making content mobile accessible to reaching out to… Continue Reading

Practicing Law Institute Hosts Leaders in Anti-Trafficking

Posted in Courts, Immigration, Legal Services, PLI

According to the Polaris Project, “human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world” with the International Labor Organization reporting almost 21 million people in forced labor in 2012. In response to this growing and devastating trend, PLI recently sponsored a standout event that featured several top names… Continue Reading

New Programs Expand Access to Justice for Immigrants

Posted in Courts, Immigration, Legal Services

On November 20th, Talking Transition hosted “Accessing Justice for New York Immigrants,” a panel discussion on assisting immigrants facing deportation. Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and Angela Fernandez, Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, spoke about two new initiatives developed in response to the findings… Continue Reading

New Mobile App Puts DACA Information at Young Immigrants’ Fingertips

Posted in Immigration, Launch, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

On August 15th, Pro Bono Net and its partners in the Own the Dream Campaign, celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with the launch of Pocket DACA, a new mobile app, which will help immigrants brought to this country as children understand the DACA process.  DACA… Continue Reading

Hone Your Pro Bono Skills with PLI This Spring

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, Pro Bono

Since 2011, the Practising Law Institute (PLI) has helped us champion the necessity of pro bono as one of our Bronze Sponsors. PLI is dedicated to providing attorneys with information and techniques to develop a professional, competitive edge and recognizes the importance of pro bono in helping attorneys cultivate their skills, develop time management and… Continue Reading

CitizenshipWorks Plays Important Role in National Campaign to Help Legal Immigrants

Posted in Immigration, Legal Services, Pro Bono, Technology

In November 2012, the New Americans Campaign was launched by a national network of more than 80 legal-service providers, businesses, faith-based organizations, community leaders and foundations. The campaign aims to fundamentally transform the entire system of naturalization assistance to encourage eligible individuals to naturalize, providing legal immigrants the support they need to become Americans. Both… Continue Reading

Deferred Action, U Visas & Asylum On the Agenda at the Immigration Advocates Networks’ First e-Conference

Posted in Immigration

The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is hosting its first annual e-conference, “Cutting Edge Issues in Immigration Law,” a week-long series of interactive online trainings with national experts, from October 29 to November 2, 2012. IAN is the country’s largest network of nonprofit  and public interest immigration advocates, with over 5,500 members representing every state in… Continue Reading