Immigration Justice Campaign is an initiative of American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and American Immigration Representation Project.

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Otay Mesa Detention Center: Merits Cases

The Immigration Justice Project is seeking attorneys to represent noncitizens detained at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in their applications for relief from removal. This opportunity involves meeting with the client (can be done remotely), drafting an application for relief from removal, collecting supporting evidence, and conducting a hearing on the merits of the case in immigration court. To learn more about this opportunity type or others, please visit our Types of Volunteer Opportunities page.

The Support We Provide
Your work will be supported by several innovated resources: (1) An in-house expert who will mentor you and a group of other attorneys with similarly situated cases; (2) An online library of resources and training materials including template briefs, examples, and detailed guides; (3) A hands-on guide to walk you step-by-step through local practices and procedures.

Individuals in Need of Representation

New cases are being collected from partner site.

In the interim, please email the Pro Bono Coordination team at for cases needing help today.

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To apply, please email

Have Questions?

To learn more or apply for a volunteer opportunity, please email us.