The Haitian Immigration Pro Bono Project (www.probono.net/haitianimmigration) will help volunteer lawyers and law students seeking to assist Haitian TPS applicants find local opportunities and resource materials. TPS is granted to selected immigrants who cannot safely return to their homelands because of natural disasters, armed conflicts or other emergencies, and was made available to Haitians shortly after January’s devastating earthquake.
The site was developed by Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit that works to increase access to justice, and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in
Haitians in the
“This site will make it easier for the hundreds of lawyers and law students who offered their services after
“The Haitian Immigration Pro Bono Project exemplifies the way that innovative technology solutions and a willingness to collaborate can enable a timely and effective response by the legal community to emergent needs,” said Mark O’Brien, Executive Director of Pro Bono Net.
The Haitian Immigration Pro Bono Project site includes a searchable database of legal services programs providing services to TPS applicants, which pro bono attorneys, law students and others can use to find volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can also find links to resources including TPS background materials, a national and local training calendar and a news feed. Local service providers can submit information on trainings and clinics for pro bono attorneys and law student volunteers. The site leverages a technology platform developed by Pro Bono Net, which is used to support broad-based networks of legal aid, civil rights and pro bono lawyers.
Advocates interested in signing up can visit www.probono.net/haitianimmigration. Organizations wishing to make opportunities available can add them to the database at http://tiny.cc/lmp53.
About Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through increased volunteer lawyer participation and innovative use of technology. Founded in 1998, Pro Bono Net has created a powerful network of nonprofit legal aid providers, courts and bar associations across the
The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), with its Haiti-based affiliate, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), fights for human rights and justice in
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