Getting Pro-Bono Legal Help

Anyone fearing deportation should consult an experienced immigration attorney to explore options. The individuals, organizations, and clinics below have expertise in criminal deportation matters and may be able to connect you with pro bono (free) help if you do not have the resources to pay for an attorney.  You can also see a general database of pro-bono immigration attorneys.

Organizations and Individuals

Name Organization Location Focus Contact info
Prof. Bill Hing University of San Francisco Law School

San Francisco, CA


Long-time expert in criminal deportation issues, especially for Southeast Asians bhing [at]
Prof. Holly Cooper & Amagda Perez University of California, Davis Davis, CA

Detention work/post removal defense 

hscooper [at] (530)754-4833 

aaperez [at] (530) 752-6942 


Anoop Prasad Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus

San Francisco, CA


Deportation defense

anoopp [at] (415) 848-7722 

  East Bay Community Law Center

Berkeley, CA


Deportation defense Call 510-548-4040
Shouan Z. Riahi Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN)  San Jose, CA Removal defense clinics on Wednesdays, legal drop-in clinics on Thursdays shouan [at] or info [at] (408) 453-3003
Shiu-Ming Cheer National Immigration Law Center

Los Angeles, CA


Information, resources, and referrals on deportation

cheer [at] (213) 674-2833 

Jacqueline Dan Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Orange County Garden Grove, CA Deportation defense

jdan [at] English: (888) 349-9695 Vietnamese: (800) 267-7395 Khmer: (800) 867-3126


Ada Plascencia ABA Immigrant Justice Project of San Diego

San Diego, CA


Removal proceedings, legal orientation

Ada.plascencia [at] (619) 699-2932 

Anne Benson Washington Defenders Project

Seattle, WA


Deportation defense

Abenson [at] (206) 623-4321 

Jay Stansell Private practice

Seattle, WA


Deportation defense

jaywstansell [at] (206) 276-0710 

Prof. Traci Harachi University of Washington

Seattle, WA


Post-deportation support in Cambodia 

tharachi [at]  (206) 409-2707 

  Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Seattle, WA


Deportation defense 

Intake Line: (206) 587-4009 

Prof. Linus Chan University of Minnesota, James Bringer Center for New Americans Minneapolis, MN Deportation defense (limited capacity) rlchan [at]
Paromita Shah

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild 

Boston, MA

Immigration crimes and enforcement 

paromita [at] (For those currently incarcerated, you may send a letter to:
14 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108) 

Alisa Wellek Immigrant Defense Project

New York, NY


Deportation defense 

awellek [at] (212) 725-6422 

Tin Nguyen Private practice

Charlotte, NC


Deportation defense [at] (704) 461-1527 


Law School Clinics


Law school Location Clinic Contact info
New York University Law School

245 Sullivan Street
New York, New York 10012 

Immigrant Rights Clinic

(212) 998-6430 

Suffolk University Law School

120 Tremont Street, Suite 150 Boston, MA 02108 

Immigration Clinic

(617) 573-8100
Only able to take detainees housed in Su olk County 

University of Arkansas Law School

107 Waterman Hall 1045 W. Maple St. Fayetteville, AR 72701 

Immigration Law Clinic

(479) 575-3056 

University of California, Davis

School of Law Clinical Programs One Shields Avenue TB 30 Davis, CA 95616-8821 

Immigration Law Clinic

(530) 754-4833 

University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth 

333 Faunce Corner Road Dartmouth, MA 02747-1252 

Immigration Law Clinic

(508) 985-1174
Irene M. Scharf, Clinical Director: Crystal Desirey,
Clinic Coordinator: 

University of San Francisco

School of Law 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-6307

Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic 

(415) 422-6171