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Becoming a Volunteer
The Advocates has an ongoing need for volunteer attorneys willing to represent asylum seekers at all stages of the legal process. The Advocates provides training, support, and resource materials to all of our volunteers. Malpractice insurance is available through a partnership with the Volunteer Lawyers Network.
 
New asylum cases are screened and accepted weekly; for more information about clients who currently need representation see: http://www.probono.net/asylum/newcases/.
 
Volunteer attorneys agree to represent an asylum seeker throughout one stage of the proceeding – affirmative application, removal hearing before the immigration court, appeal at the Board of Immigration Appeals, or appeal before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The greatest demand is for representation in removal proceedings before the immigration court.
 
Training is provided through our asylum manual and regular trainings; attorneys do not need to attend a training before beginning work on a case. Upcoming trainings will be posted on the events calendar.
 
To volunteer, please fill out this form and someone will contact you:
 
The Advocates has an ongoing need for volunteer interpreters in all languages willing to assist asylum seekers with document translation or in person interpretation. The Advocates provides training, support, and resource materials to all of our volunteers. We particularly need individuals who speak French, Amharic, Oromo, Somali, and Mandingo. Our clients speak nearly fifty different languages, so the need is great for language assistance.
 
Training is provided through periodic orientations; interpreters do not need to attend a training before beginning work on a case. Information about upcoming trainings is available here.
 
To volunteer, please fill out this form and someone will contact you:
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