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South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)

  • Location:
    202 S. 1st Street
    Suite 300
    Harlingen, TX 78550
  • Phone:
    (956) 365-3775
  • Fax:
    (956) 365-3789
  • Contact methods:
    Phone calls
  • Appointments accepted:
    No

The South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) empowers immigrants through high-quality legal education, representation, and connections to services. ProBAR serves immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley border region with a particular focus on the legal needs of adults and unaccompanied children in federal custody. ProBAR is a project of the  American Bar Association.

Counties served: Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Willacy
Detention Facilities Served: East Hidalgo Detention Center (TX), Port Isabel Service Processing Center (TX)

Services Provided

Areas of immigration legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, NACARA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of immigration legal services provided: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
Non-legal services: Administrative advocacy (CIS/ICE/CBP), Legal Orientation Programs (LOP) / Know Your Rights Presentations (KYR), Referrals to other services
Populations served: Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, Human Trafficking Survivors, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: Yes
Nominal fee charged? No

Volunteering

Volunteer Coordinator
Emily Joiner
(956) 365-3775