Karnes Pro-Bono Project
The work may involve a combination of the following:
- Legal research regarding country conditions and court rulings.
- Conducting intake with clients, through which we obtain basic information and assess what their legal needs might be.
- Interview prep,in which we help clients articulate their case before an asylum officer, who will decide if they are eligible to ask for protection in the U.S.
- Providing “know your rights” information known as the regarding what steps clients must complete if they are released from the detention center.
- Drafting declarations, or affidavits, with a template provided.
- Representing clients telephonically or in person for their Credible or Reasonable Fear Interview.
- Representing clients in their hearings before an immigration judge.
Note: Only law students or attorneys may engage in representation before the Asylum Office or Immigration Court; nor is this opportunity guaranteed as it is dependent on scheduling.
We understand that this trip is a great opportunity to serve people in detention who need legal services; and we are confident that you will leave our project with a sense of humility and fulfillment. To help us help you, we strongly encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. As mentioned before, the work is unpredictable, so maintaining an open-minded and flexible demeanor helps reduce further stress to you, our clients, and our staff.
If you are a licensed clinical social worker or psychologist, you may be able to volunteer in your professional capacity. Please indicate your interest through our online application to receive further details.