Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic
Update – February 2017
The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is committed to providing free low barrier legal services to immigrants in our community. At this time, the need for volunteer attorneys at airports and detention centers is being met or is shifting. We anticipate that many people will need immigration advice and referrals in the coming weeks and months. Long term support is our primary focus. We will continue to hold our quarterly walk-in legal advice clinic as scheduled below. We expect record numbers of clients at the March and June clinics, and welcome an increase in volunteer attorneys as well. We will announce future dates and locations as they are confirmed. We will keep you updated on any further resources we will develop as needs arise.
In order to address the growing need for legal immigration services in the District of Columbia, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, along with a number of partners, sponsor an Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic to provide free consultations to area residents.
The clinic provides legal information, brief advice, and referral services. Bilingual attorneys and interpreters are available for clients who speak a variety of languages. Visitors to the clinic will be able to receive assistance from volunteer attorneys with civil legal problems governed by U.S. immigration laws.
If brief service is not enough to resolve the problem or if a different type of service is required, clinic volunteers will attempt to refer individuals to or provide information about a legal or social service provider appropriately suited to handle the matter.
The services at the clinic are provided free of charge. Visitors to the clinic are encouraged to bring all of the documents concerning their legal issue.
Clinics will be held on the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.:
January 7, 2017 at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Columbia Heights, 1100 Harvard St., NW
March 4, 2017 at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Columbia Heights, 1100 Harvard St., NW
June 3, 2017 at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Columbia Heights, 1100 Harvard St., NW
September 16, 2017 at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Columbia Heights, 1100 Harvard St., NW
Special thanks are owed to the following organizations that helped to make the clinic a reality:
- The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area, Inc. (APABA-DC)
- Capital Area Immigrants’ Right (CAIR) Coalition
- Chinatown Community Cultural Center, Washington DC
- Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
- The Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
- The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
- The Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC)
The clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys who are members in good standing and eligible to practice law in the District of Columbia or another U.S. jurisdiction. Many of the volunteer attorneys are recruited from the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. (HBA-DC) and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of D.C. (APABA-DC).
Attorneys interested in volunteering are not expected to be familiar with every area of the law or to have experience in the matters on which they will advise clients. The Pro Bono Center staff and expert mentors are available on-site.
The clinic is open to clients on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Please see Upcoming Clinic Information for the location of the clinic.
Interested volunteers should contact the leadership of their voluntary bar association or Kathy Lugo (firstname.lastname@example.org), Project Coordinator, to apply. A short informational survey is required and can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ImmigrationClinic. Volunteers will be invited to participate and then sent a confirmation e-mail in advance of the clinic. Volunteers must respond to the invitation and confirm for each clinic date separately. Not all volunteers that respond to the initial invitation are guaranteed a confirmation, so it is best to respond early.
Volunteers should arrive at the clinic by 9:15 a.m. for a brief orientation of clinic operations and breakfast. Dress is casual. Volunteers should be prepared to stay until the last client is served which is generally in the early afternoon.