Thousands of unaccompanied children and families have come to Maryland – seeking refuge from violence in their home countries. Unaccompanied children are nearly five times more likely to win their immigration cases when they are represented by a lawyer. Families fleeing violence are 14 times more likely to win. The Maryland Immigrant Legal Assistance Project (MILAP) is looking for volunteers to help these children and families gain access to critical legal assistance with their valid claims to remain in the United States.
Volunteers can sign up to help for one day at a project clinic or agree to a longer term commitment to take a case. Volunteers can also choose between opportunities that involve family law or immigration law.
Non-attorneys who speak a second language can register to receive training on How to Interpret for Pro Bono Legal Services. There is a special need for individuals who are fluent in Spanish.
Attorneys licensed to practice in any state can choose from the following. Attorney volunteers have access to substantive training, malpractice insurance, mentorship, case support, interpreters, an email discussion listserv, and sample pleadings and forms.
The Unaccompanied Children Pro Bono Project is a joint venture of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC), the Department of Human Resources, the Governor’s Office for Children, the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs, the Department of Juvenile and Family Services for the Administrative Office of the Courts, and various non-profit legal services programs.