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: ischarf@umassd.eduCrystal 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