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May 19, 2023

Finding a Pro Bono Immigration Attorney Is Harder Than Ever
By Atenas Burrola Estrada

A report released last week by Syracuse University’s TRAC project shows that the rate of pro bono representation in immigration court has fallen by more than half—from a peak of 5% to 2% in just under two years. Strikingly, the actual number of cases with pro bono representation has not fallen—pro bono representation rates actually grew the most between 2020 and 2022. Rather, the total number of cases before our immigration courts has increased significantly. This means that despite the continued efforts of dedicated pro bono attorneys, they are being asked to meet an ever-growing gap.

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