How Volunteering Works
Thank you for your interest in joining our community of committed, fearless volunteers! There are so many ways for you to engage, from arguing a merits case for a detained asylum seeker to spending a week in Texas helping prepare families for their asylum interviews. Some opportunities are for pro bono attorneys, while others seek volunteers with a wide variety of skills.
How Do I Volunteer?
First, create an account or sign in. If you aren’t sure what type of opportunity is right for you, complete our General Volunteer Application Form today to tell us more about yourself and your interest in volunteering with the Immigration Justice Campaign. Our team will review your application and contact you shortly to discuss volunteer options.
We regularly update our Volunteer Opportunities page with the specific opportunities that are available. Click on each link to read short summaries of the specific individuals currently in need of representation at detention centers where we work. If you know at which detention center you’d like to volunteer or are interested in a specific case listed on the website, please complete our Volunteer Opportunity Application Form.
Note that you only need to complete one volunteer application. If you have already submitted either the General Application or the Volunteer Opportunity Application, please do not apply again when you want to volunteer for another case. Simply email Crystal Massey at email@example.com, and she can help to match you with another opportunity.
What Happens After I Apply?
Once you submit your application, the Justice Campaign team will review your information to determine the best way that you can fit into our work. Once we review, we will reach out to you to discuss opportunities in more detail. We strive to respond within a couple weeks of receiving your application.
Once you have been matched with a volunteer opportunity, we will provide you with all the substantive and logistical support you will need to support your client. For example, if you agree to take on a merits case, we will provide you with information to run a conflicts check, send over a referral memo on your client, set up an orientation call to familiarize you with the resources we provide to support your work, and provide you with the full array of resource materials we offer our volunteers, including a local practice guide providing critical information on accessing the detention center. In addition, the Justice Campaign will discuss with you the mentorship and technical assistance we provide during the course of your work. Note that if we are not immediately able to match you with a case, or if you are not yet ready to commit, we will place you on our roster so that we can reach out to you in the future.
**Please note that once you are assigned to a case and the referral is complete, you must begin work on your case immediately and provide periodic updates on your progress to the Justice Campaign team (further details provided in your orientation).**
We will discuss in detail your role and commitment before placement. Once you agree to work on a case, we will introduce you to the pro bono attorney whose work you will be supporting. You will be working with the attorney closely, but you can also reach out to Justice Campaign staff throughout the process with any questions you may have.
**Please note that once you are assigned to work on a case with an attorney, it is of utmost importance that you communicate quickly with the attorney and/or volunteer coordinator if you have any problems, concerns, or changes in your commitment.**
If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dilley Pro Bono Project
Six Dilley Pro Bono Project volunteers report from their week on-the-ground with the Dilley Pro Bono Project
Where We Work
Denver Contract Detention Facility
3130 Oakland St
Aurora, CO 80010
Phone Number: (303) 361-6612
South Texas Family Residential Center
Dilley, TX 78017
Phone Number: (830) 378-6500
Stewart Detention Center
146 Cca Rd
Lumpkin, GA 31815
Phone Number: (229) 838-5000
Northeast Ohio Correctional Center
2240 Hubbard Rd
Youngstown, OH 44505
Phone Number: (330) 746-3777
Elizabeth Detention Center
625 Evans St
Elizabeth, NJ 7201
Phone Number: (908) 352-3776