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  • Writer's pictureEli Mattern

Pro Bono Matters Connects Lawyers With Immigrant Children

We partnered with the American Bar Association’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA) to provide an online platform through which attorneys throughout the United States can volunteer to represent some of the approximately 14,000 immigrant children in detention on any given day.

Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation provides a way for pro bono lawyers nationwide to search for cases posted by civil legal aid providers working to address the myriad legal issues resulting from the Trump Administration’s family separation policy and the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the Southern U.S. border.

The ABA’s South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) and Catholic Charities New Orleans are participating in the project’s pilot, which is funded by the Vera Institute for Justice.

The Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation website and accompanying backend data engine are based on the same technology as Florida Pro Bono Matters, which SavvySuit developed for The Florida Bar Foundation to enable the state’s civil legal aid and pro bono programs to display on a single, searchable website those cases for which volunteer attorneys are needed.

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