Immigration Pro Bono Initiative

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With growing and evolving immigration legal needs around the country and New York State, NYSBA is committed to assisting local legal service coalitions with their pro bono activities. Through NYSBA’s Pro Bono Immigration Portal (, any attorney who is interested in volunteering with a local legal service organization can register and receive volunteer opportunity referrals. As the immigration legal landscape rapidly evolves, NYSBA will keep its members up to date on the legal challenges and needs of the day and inform them of how they may be of assistance statewide.

Volunteers are needed all over the state.  Whether or not you have immigration legal experience, you can be of assistance.

If you are interested in volunteering to do pro bono legal work or serve as an interpreter, please go to to register as a Volunteer Attorney. Be sure to complete your registration as thoroughly as possible so we may refer you to the most appropriate volunteer opportunity.  If you have any questions about the portal or the registration process, please contact NYSBA’s Pro Bono Services Department at 518-487-5641 or

Volunteer Recognition
The New York State Bar Association is proud of New York’s legal community for rapidly responding to the need for pro bono immigration legal assistance. On August 13, 2018 NYSBA recognized the exemplary efforts of volunteers who contributed to the success of the Detention Outreach Project at the Albany County Correctional Facility, where over 300 ICE detainees were provided legal consultations through the coordinated efforts of volunteer attorneys, interpreters, civil legal service providers, law schools, and others. You can read more about this project and NYSBA’s recognition thereof here. Photos from the recognition luncheon can be found here.

NYSBA recognizes exemplary pro bono service through its annual Empire State Counsel and President’s Pro Bono Service Awards.  To learn more about these awards and how to nominate award winners, go here.

If you are unable to volunteer, you can have a significant impact by making a donation to the New York Bar Foundation's NYLawyers4ChildrenFund at  This fund was established to make special grants to trusted organizations providing pro bono legal services to children and families who are separated.

If you have any questions about the Foundation and the NYLawyers4Children Fund, please contact the New York Bar Foundation at 518-487-5651.

Stay Informed
NYSBA’s Immigration Pro Bono Portal is a great resource for staying up to date on trainings and volunteer opportunities around the state. At you can also access written materials, videos and news feeds that will help keep you up to date.

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