The Pro Bono Project trains and places attorneys in naturalization, U-visa, detainee assistance, and appellate litigation.
The overall goal of the Pro Bono Project is to expand access to legal representation while maximizing scarce financial resources. In the most recent fiscal year, pro bono attorneys represented 155 cases.
In February of 2009, The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota launched its Pro Bono Crime Victim Pilot Project. This is an important new pro bono initiative to expand our ability to represent immigrant women and children who are victims of abuse and crimes. ILCM, in partnership with four major law firms, initially trained 18 volunteer attorneys to represent crime victims under federal immigration relief known as the U-Visa. The pilot project continued to develop over the course of the year into a broader effort that presents the highest caliber training materials and presentations available. Today, we have 149 trained attorneys, 17 trained mentor attorneys, and the additional ability to place cases for clients living in Rochester and Willmar.