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Urgent and Available Cases

NIJC's network of pro bono attorneys represent asylum seekers, unaccompanied immigrant children, survivors of domestic abuse and low-income individuals applying for naturalization. NIJC screens all cases to ensure individuals are eligible for relief and to prioritize individuals and families who lack the private resources needed to obtain representation elsewhere.

NIJC pro bono attorneys receive training before taking on their first case, and ongoing technical assistance and case support as necessary throughout the life of each case.

Asylum: Salvadoran mother and her son seek asylum after threats from gangs.

T and her son speak Spanish and live in Chicago, IL.

T. owned and operated a small store in El Salvador for which MS-13 demanded half of her earnings as "rent." After refusing to pay, the gang threatened them. M.'s father is also a gang member and threatens to harm both of them if they do not return to him. NIJC filed T. and M.’s applications for asylum with the immigration court.  Because these applications were filed more than one year after T. and M. entered the U.S., pro bono attorneys will need to argue that they merit an exception to the one-year filing deadline for asylum.   All affidavits and supporting materials to the case will be due 15 days prior to their merits hearing in July 2020.   

Asylum: A Ugandan human rights activist flees torture and seeks asylum in the U.S.

T. speaks English and Luganda and lives in Northern Indiana

T. was a prominent member of an opposition political party and human rights group in Uganda. In early 2018, the government detained, tortured and threatened him for a total of 7 months. During this time, military police also killed his wife and children.  Finally able to flee, T. arrived at the United States-Mexico border in September 2019 and was forced to be on a wait list at the border. Once allowed across, NIJC timely filed T.’s application for asylum with USCIS in March 2020.  All affidavits and supporting materials to T.’s case will likely be due two weeks prior to his interview at the asylum office, which will likely occur in 4-6 weeks.

URGENT Asylum: A gay man flees death threats in Honduras and seeks asylum in the U.S.

G. speaks Spanish and is currently detained in Otay Mesa, CA

G. a gay man from Honduras was sexually, emotionally, and physically abused by multiple people from a young age. In 2018, after being beaten and threatened to death a hospital refused G. treatment and he attempted suicide. G. has fled Honduras now three times and seeks asylum in the U.S.  As he is detained, pro bono attorneys can expect to work quickly. His asylum application is due on April 3 and his merits hearing is scheduled on May 13, 2020. Telephonic communication is possible at Otay Mesa, CA.

“NIJC’s legal work has allowed me to see families reunited, men and women fleeing terrible persecution find a new home through asylum, and victims of abuse given the dignity and security of legal status and the authorization to work.”
Sara Ghadiri, Chapman & Cutler LLP
 

Events

NIJC offers a wide range of immigration law trainings and other opportunities for attorneys to engage with the organization's mission. An attorney taking a case for the first time must attend one of NIJC's quarterly trainings.

 

Federal Litigation

NIJC and its pro bono attorneys are on the vanguard of federal impact litigation and advocacy, setting positive precedents for people seeking human rights protections within the United States and defending against the administration's efforts to undermine access to due process.