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Citizenship Day

On Saturday, September 17th, AILA members partnered with NALEO Educational to provide pro bono assistance to approximately 100 naturalization applicants. The workshop included filling out and reviewing Form N-400, access to passport photo services and study materials, as well as assistance in completing fee waivers. AILA volunteer attorneys provided assistance with completing the N-400 applications, and reviewed the applications, a vital part of the workshop process. 

Pro Bono Opportunities/Events

CALL TO ACTION - Family Detention Pro Bono Project

AILA National is calling for volunteers attorneys and Spanish-speaking interpreters to donate their time in Dilley, Texas to represent undocumented women and children who are being housed in family detention.

Each individual who is willing to volunteer will make an immense change in the lives of the people they are helping.

If you are able to volunteer, please visit www.aila.org/caraprobonoproject. Please contact Chair@aila.org or Maheen Taqui mtaqui@aila.org, or Susan Timmons Marks stimmons@aila.org at AILA National.

Do You Need Immigration Advice But Can't Afford a Lawyer?

The AILA Southern California Chapter has a strong commitment to providing pro bono (free of charge) clinics for the low income members of our community who cannot afford a private immigration attorney but need competent immigration advice to start their immigration journey. We regularly team up with other non-profit organizations to host clinics to benefit the local community. Our members regularly volunteer their time at pro bono citizenship and immigration clinics across Southern California. AILA does not recommend nor endorse any particular lawyer nor will the attorney you consult with at one of our hosted clinics be able to represent you in your immigration matter on behalf of AILA or further after the clinic unless you have a separate written agreement with that attorney through their practice area, which is separate from any clinic event.

There are several nonprofit legal service organizations throughout Southern California that may also be good resources for individuals seeking free or low cost legal assistance or representation. Below is a general list of some of these possible resources. AILA is not endorsing any particular organization on the list provided, nor does this list include all such resources available. This list is provided as general information; specific inquiries about the nature of services provided should be directed to each organization. 

General List of Nonprofit Legal Service Providers

Are you an AILA member and are interested in volunteering?

For information about volunteering or hosting a clinic at your organization or venue, please contact our Pro Bono liaisons listed below.

Upcoming Pro Bono Events:


For more information on citizenship eligibility and citizenship workshops, see also http://ciudadania.yaeshora.info/events/ or call English /Spanish (888) 839-8682


AILA SoCal Chapter Pro Bono Liaisons:

Vanessa Sanchez - vsanchezimmigration@gmail.com
Maka Hutson - mhutson@akingump.com
Sameera Sani - sameera@sggimmigration.com
Tania K. Vargas - tania@imdef.org

    Pro Bono Articles on Local AILA Members




    More Resources Re: Pro Bono Assistance & Protection          Against the Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law (UPIL)



AILA National Unlawful Practice of Law Prevention/Enforcement Resources

Military Assistance Program