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Staff Attorney - Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, ABA


The South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) empowers detained immigrants through high-quality legal education and representation. Located in Harlingen, Texas, ProBAR serves adults and unaccompanied children in immigration detention in the Rio Grande Valley.

The ABA and ProBAR are also seeking to hire a staff attorney for the pro bono initiative.  We are seeking to hire a Staff Attorney based at ProBAR, the Commission's longest-standing asylum project in Harlingen, Texas. Our mandate: increase access to counsel and direct representation in a variety of challenging detained contexts, ranging from detained asylum seekers subjected to Remain in Mexico/MPP and those detained at Port Isabel Detention Center, and Otay Mesa Detention Center, and even asylum seekers subject to Remain in Mexico.


  • Assisting the Pro Bono Counsel with sourcing, recruiting, training and day-to-day management of pro bono attorneys supporting the Commission’s immigration initiatives in a variety of locations
  • Helps to identify and recruit new pro bono immigration attorneys, and foster the retention of current pro bono volunteers, to assist in ensuring the provision of high-quality pro se assistance and representation
  • Assists in the development and presentation of legal training and supporting materials, for private bar, government, and public interest attorneys
  • Utilizes immigration law knowledge base to assist in individual matters and involves Commission staff on more complex or geographically specific matters
  • Helps to lead and manage trips with teams of pro bono attorneys to provide pro se assistance and representation to detained adults and unaccompanied minors
  • Accountable for pro bono attorneys to ensure the provision of quality legal services which align with the expectations of the Commission on Immigration
  • Mentors volunteers
  • Actively participates in and assists others in development and communications initiatives to seek support funds and services for the Commission on Immigration
  • Performs other related duties as required


  • Possession of a Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Licensed to practice law in a U.S. state or territory or Accreditation, as required in order to appear as representative before immigration court
  • Fluency in English and Spanish in written and spoken forms
  • Licensed to practice law and member in good standing of State Bar of Texas.
  • Prior volunteer, community, or work experience regarding immigration or detention
  • Previous experience working with volunteers.
  • Prior non-profit experience, particularly involving field work or work in remote locations

The ABA offers competitive employment benefits which include medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k), commuter benefits, and more.

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