Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR)

Celebrating our 25th year in 2014, the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) is a nationally recognized pro bono model that works to secure safety and freedom for asylum-seekers who have fled from persecution throughout the world and to promote the rights of immigrants unjustly detained. PAIR provides hope and a new beginning to asylum-seekers, torture survivors and immigration detainees.

PAIR is the core provider of pro bono legal services to low-income asylum-seekers and immigration detainees in Massachusetts, and has over a 95% successful outcome in its asylum cases. PAIR has provided direct legal services and consultations to more than 8,000 clients, and has trained and mentored over 1,500 volunteer lawyers in the state. PAIR pro bono attorneys donated over $6.5 million in legal services and expenses in FY 2013.

PAIR staff and pro bono attorneys have provided legal services to clients who have come to the U.S. from 90 countries all over the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. If you are interested in joining our pro bono panel, please contact asharma@pairproject.org for more information on representing asylum-seekers or acaranda@pairproject.org on representing immigration detainees.

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  • To Volunteer, Contact:
    Melanie Gleason
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  • Organization Type: Nonprofit Legal Services Provider
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers
  • Training Provided
  • Training Required
  • CLE credit for trainings
  • CLE credit for pro bono
  • Mentoring or supervision offered
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance
  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity
  • Area of law
    Immigration & Naturalization
  • Populations Served
    Asylum Seekers, Detained individuals, Human Trafficking Survivors, Immigrants, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Low Income, Torture survivors
  • Opportunities For
  • Need for non-English services
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help
    Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation