The Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) is the premiere provider of pro bono immigration legal services to asylum-seekers and immigrants unjustly detained in Massachusetts. In FY 2013, PAIR pro bono attorney representation exceeded $6.5 million, and overall PAIR has a 95% successful outcome in its asylum cases. PAIR provides hope and a new beginning to asylum-seekers, torture survivors and immigration detainees through your help.
Boston Marathon: PAIR Charity runners Carlos Cevallos and Jennifer Rikoski finished strong and full of emotion in the Boston Marathon on April 22, 2014. The Boston Globe profiled Jenny here.
Temporary Protected Status for Haitians: TPS for Haitians has been extended through January 22, 2016.
New Phone Number for the Newark Asylum Office: 201-508-6100. Address and fax number remain the same.
Asylum Clock Ticking. New rules are in effect in Immigration Court to start and stop the work authorization clock, as explained here.
New York Bar Funds Counsel for Indigent Detained Immigrants. In a new pilot program, New York City will provide free representation to some indigent detained immigrants in Immigration Court.
New Zip Code for the BIA. Please use it as of 10/1/2013.
eRegister. All attorneys practicing before the Immigration Court or Board of Immigration Appeal must eRegister before appearing.
Immigration Court Deadlines. All Non-Detained call-up dates for filing supplemental materials are sixty (60) days before the Individual Hearing date. All Detained call-ups are fifteen (15) days in advance.
LGBTI Spouses. U.S. citizens and LPRs can sponsor their gay and lesbian spouses for an immigrant visa.
Syria Redesignated for TPS. Syrians with continuous residence in the U.S. since June 17, 2013 quality for Temporary Protected Status.
New Rules for Unrepresented Detainees with Mental Disorders. The Immigration Court has new policies for these detainees explained here.
Counsel Ordered for Unrepresented Detainees with Mental Disorders. A federal court in the 9th circuit ordered legal representation for detainees, and issued this injunction.
Pro Bono Work Makes a Difference: Read about the lasting difference pro bono attorneys make by Kathy Henry of Plymouth Rock Assurance, in the Boston Bar Journal.