Immigrant Children's Legal Program
Become a Pro Bono Attorney
Want to make a difference at a critical juncture in a child’s life while also developing client advocacy, litigation, research, and writing skills? You can do all that and more by becoming a pro bono attorney for the Immigrant Children's Legal Program (ICLP), formerly known as the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children (NCRIC). We seek attorneys of all levels of experience, skill, and background to represent children or to mentor other attorneys. Pro bono attorneys do not need prior experience in immigration law.
Most of the children are in legal proceedings before the U.S. Department of Justice's Immigration Courts and/or state juvenile courts. Many are seeking asylum or protection from abuse, neglect, trafficking, or other serious crimes. Some children will return to their home country and require guidance obtaining services in their country. Pro bono counsel will assist these children by coordinating their departure and return. We are also recruiting other types of volunteers, including immigration experts as mentors, family law experts, interpreters, and mental health workers.
Resources and Training
After the training session, each pro bono counsel receives reference materials to further guide them in case preparation. If needed, we also pair counsel with a mentor attorney or seasoned immigration advocate to answer questions and provide technical guidance throughout the case; and our comprehensive, easy-to-access online resource library also serves as an invaluable point of reference and information.
Many attorneys who have provided pro bono assistance to refugee or immigrant children have found the experience to be immensely rewarding. Download, print and fill out our volunteer form to get started. For more information visit the links below to view case archives, reference materials, and read submitted stories and experiences from past pro bono counsel.
Download the National Children's Center Volunteer Form >>