Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program - Suggested Placements
Immigration Law & Policay
- American Bar Association Commission on Immigration
- American Civil Liberties Union - Washington Legislative Office
- American University Washington College of Law Clinical Program
- Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)
- Asian American Justice Center
- Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
- Ayuda, Inc.
- Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (CAIR)
- CASA of Maryland
- Catholic Charities Legal Services
- Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)
- Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
- Federation for American Immigration Reform
- Human Rights First
- International Rescue Committee
- Legal Aid Justice Center
- Migrant Legal Action Program (MLAP)
- Tahirih Justice Center
- Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
- Women's Research and Education Institute
The Commission directs Association efforts to ensure fair and unbiased treatment, and full due process rights, for immigrants and refugees within the United States. Acting in coordination with other Association entities, as well as governmental and non-governmental bodies, the Commission: advocates for appropriate statutory and regulatory modifications in law and governmental practice consistent with Association policy; provides continuing education and timely information about trends, court decisions and pertinent developments for members of the legal community, judges, affected individuals and the public; and develops and assists the on-going operation of pro bono programs that encourage volunteer lawyers to provide high quality, effective legal representation for individuals in immigration courts, with special emphasis on the needs of the most vulnerable immigrant and refugee populations.
The WLO is responsible for the federal lobbying program of the ACLU. It advocates before Congress and the executive branch on the full range of civil liberties issues including national security, free speech, privacy, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, reproductive freedom, religious liberty, LGBT rights, and criminal justice.
Civil Practice, Community and Economic Development, Criminal Justice, D.C. Law Students in Court, Domestic Violence, Intellectual Property, International Human Rights, Federal Tax, Women and the Law. Students may only receive pro bono credit of they are not also receiving academic credit.
ADA is the nation’s oldest, liberal, independent political organization. It focuses on economic, military, foreign, social, and environmental issues, and maintains a political action committee (ADA/PAC). It publishes a weekly legislative newsletter for liberal activists and a quarterly newsletter.
A non-profit network of 16 public interest justice centers in the U.S. and Mexico, Appleseed is dedicated to building a society in which opportunities are genuine, access to the law is universal and equal, and government advances the public interest. Appleseed uncovers and corrects injustices and barriers to opportunity through legal, legislative and market-based structural reform. Working with our huge pro bono network, we identify and examine social injustices, make specific recommendations, and advocate for effective solutions to deep-seated structural problems. Together, Appleseed and Appleseed Centers form a network for positive change, building a society that provides each individual access to justice and a genuine opportunity to lead a full and productive life.
The Asian American Justice Center (formerly the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium) works to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Americans through advocacy, public policy, public education and litigation. AAJC is one of the nation’s leading experts on issues of importance to the Asian American community including: affirmative action, anti-Asian violence prevention/race relations, census, immigrant rights, immigration, language access, television diversity and voting rights.
Research, plan, and execute targeted legal projects in the D.C. metropolitan area. Past interns have worked closely with the Legal Director on initiatives such as a Street Law Project for at-risk APA youths, coordinating and writing testimony on language access issues, and designing volunteer training materials. Conduct client intake on the hotline by using language skills to help clients in matters involving domestic violence, employment, immigration law, and other legal issues.
Ayuda is a non-profit organization offering comprehensive legal and social services to the low-income immigrant communities of Washington, DC and its surrounding areas. We serve the community in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, family law, and human trafficking. Our mission is to help our clients lead safe, violence-free lives and become fully participating members of society.
The Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (CAIR Coalition) provides services to the immigrant advocacy community in the greater Washington, DC area. Asylum project work includes: conducting intakes (by phone and in-person) for asylum applicants; researching country conditions; writing summaries and other documents as requested; attending some immigration-related meetings; and some general office work. Detention project work includes jail visits, casework for detained immigrants, and legal research.
CASA de Maryland is a community organization that was founded in 1985 by Central American refugees and North Americans. CASA was created in response to the human needs of the thousands of Central Americans arriving in the D.C. area after fleeing wars and civil strife in their countries of origin. Today, CASA serves immigrants from virtually every country in Latin America, as well as Africans, Asians and U.S. citizens. CASA de Maryland has offices in Silver Spring, Langley Park, Wheaton, Shady Grove, and Baltimore. The CASA legal program works with and represents refugees, low-wage workers, day laborers, and low-income residential tenants on issues such as affirmative civil rights litigation, federal and state wage claims, housing law, transit-oriented development, and issues surrounding domestic workers. WCL students are needed for a variety of projects such as: giving “Know Your Rights” trainings to day laborers and tenants, conducting client intakes, research and litigation support. The program’s current caseload includes: MPIA/FOIA litigation, civil rights litigation relating to violations under existing 287(g) programs, housing code enforcement, and rent stabilization.
Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services was established in 1986 to provide professional legal services to foreign-born individuals needing assistance before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the immigration courts. Volunteers, working out of offices in Washington, DC, Silver Spring, and Gaithersburg may research country conditions and legal issues, meet with clients, translate documents, write briefs, conduct outreach, assist at intake, and help with clerical tasks.
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that serves indigent immigrants throughout the country through local diocesan immigration programs. As a supporting organization to the Catholic Church in the United States, CLINIC provides legal assistance to Catholic Charities’ immigration programs and to religious communities.
CARECEN is a community based organization which offers legal, educational, housing, citizenship and civic participation programs to the Central American/Latino community. It was established in 1981 to secure the rights of those Salvadorans and other Central Americans who fled from the wars, turmoil and human rights violations in their countries and subsequently sought refuge in the United States. Originally CARECEN focused its efforts on providing legal services to Central Americans who were facing deportation, as well as organizing to obtain amnesty for Central Americans refugees. Today, CARECEN not only offers various legal services for members of the Central American community, but it also offers community support services and empowerment activities to the greater Latino community. All these programs serve to promote the comprehensive development of the Washington's Central American/Latino community by responding to its changing needs as it develops roots in this country.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, nonprofit, public-interest, membership organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that our nation's immigration policies must be reformed to serve the national interest. FAIR seeks to improve border security, to stop illegal immigration, and to promote immigration levels consistent with the national interest—more traditional rates of about 300,000 a year.
Human Rights First works in the United States and abroad to create a secure and humane world by advancing justice, human dignity and respect for the rule of law. We support human rights activists who fight for basic freedoms and peaceful change at the local level; protect refugees in flight from persecution and repression; help build a strong international system of justice and accountability; and make sure human rights laws and principles are enforced in the United States and abroad.
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. At work in 25 countries, the IRC delivers lifesaving aid in emergencies, rebuilds shattered communities, cares for war-traumatized children, rehabilitates health care, water and sanitation systems, reunites separated families, restores lost livelihoods, establishes schools, trains teachers, strengthens the capacity of local organizations and supports civil society and good-governance initiatives.
The Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC) was created in 1998. With offices in Charlottesville, Falls Church, Petersburg, and Richmond Virginia, the LAJC has helped migrant farmworkers, day laborers, and other low-wage immigrant workers win judgments and settlements representing over $1,000,000 in unpaid wages. The LAJC supports workers in their efforts to find justice and fair treatment in the workplace. LAJC's statewide team of lawyers and advocates: represents clients in court and in administrative matters; visits labor camps and areas where workers gather to provide advice and informational support; writes and distributes educational materials; advocates for sound public policies on behalf of our clients; and counsels workers on United States law and the rights of seasonal workers and immigrant laborers.
For more than 30 years, the Migrant Legal Action Program (MLAP) has provided legal representation and a national voice for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. MLAP works to enforce rights and to improve public policies affecting farmworkers' working and housing conditions, education, health, nutrition, and general welfare. The program works with an extensive network of local service providers, including organizations in the fields of migrant education, migrant health, job training, Head Start, and migrant legal services. MLAP staff provides technical assistance and training to these service providers, as well as undertaking high level policy advocacy at the state or local level. Students would undertake research and writing in support of the program's work.
The Center represents immigrant and refugee women and girls in gender-based political asylum and other immigration cases. Clients face abuses such as rape, domestic violence, honor crimes, female genital mutilation, trafficking, involuntary servitude, and forced marriage. Legal interns participate in the following, under the direct supervision of an attorney: In-depth phone and in-person client interviews, affidavit drafting, evidence gathering, soliciting expert statements, legal and country conditions research, correspondence, legal briefs, trial preparation, and observation of court proceedings.
The Committee handles a full range of civil rights litigation, focusing on equal employment opportunity, fair housing, police misconduct, public accommodations, immigrant and refugee rights, and disability rights.
Since 1977, members of Congress have looked to the Women's Research & Education Institute for nonpartisan information and policy analysis on women's equity issues. Over the years, WREI's reputation as a source of reliable data and clear thinking about the status of American women has traveled far beyond the nation's Capitol. WREI's mission is to identify issues affecting women and their roles in the family, workplace, and public arena, and to inform and help shape the public policy debate on these issues.