Volunteer with the Maryland Immigrant Legal Assistance Project (MILAP)
Thank you so much for coming forward to do pro bono work for immigrants in Maryland. Your help is needed. The best way to get started is to take a training. If you have any questions about how you can best use your legal and/or language skills, email the MILAP Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immigration Consults for Children and Families in Removal Proceedings are offered by MILAP on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at the Baltimore Immigration Court and select Saturday’s in Prince George’s County. Volunteers interested in participating at these clinics should take Immigration Legal Triage. During the public health emergency, these consults continue using videoconference technology.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status is a pathway to citizenship for children who cannot be reunified with one or more of their parents due to past abandonment, abuse, or neglect (and other requirements). Obtaining SIJS involves representation before the MD Circuit Court, USCIS, and/or Immigration Court. Attorneys can choose to do a portion of or the whole case. For more info, take Custody, Guardianship, and Obtaining SIJS.
Immigrant Survivors of crime or domestic violence can use your help applying for a U visa or seeking protections under VAWA. Take this training to learn the nuts and bolts of taking a case and the best practices for working with survivors of trauma. For more info, take Representing Immigrant Survivors.
Asylum is an immigration benefit for people who fear returning to their home country for particular reasons. Obtaining asylum may involve representation before the Asylum Office and/or the Immigration Court. Attorneys can choose which kind of representation they would prefer. For more info, take Representing Asylum-Seekers.
Drafting Motions to Reopen Immigration Proceedings is a great fit for attorneys with strong legal writing and drafting skills who want to assist immigrants in removal proceedings. For more info, take Drafting Motions to Reopen Immigration Court Proceedings.
Non-Attorney volunteers should register for How to Interpret for Pro Bono Legal Services to help attorneys communicate with their clients during any of the opportunities listed here.