Austin Bar Association
712 W. 16th Street
Austin, TX 78701
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Advancing the administration of justice, enhancing the delivery of and access to quality legal services, and actively participating in the success of the Austin community at large.

Responding to Zero-Tolerance: Credible Fear and Immigration Bond Hearing Training from Austin Bar Association on Vimeo.

Fill out the form on the right side of the page. Click SUBMIT to get the CLE course number to self-report to the State Bar of Texas.

If you’d like to be notified about opportunities to take a pro bono asylum case, please answer yes to the question “would you like to be notified about volunteer opportunities to assist with Credible Fear Interviews and bond hearings.” You will be added to an email list to receive updates on volunteer opportunities.

Resources for Responding to Zero-Tolerance: Credible Fear and Immigration Bond Hearing Training

CLICK HERE for printout of PowerPoint presentation

CLICK HERE for cover page and table of contents
CLICK HERE for materials 1: Credible Fear Interviews and Asylum
CLICK HERE for materials 2: Bond
CLICK HERE for materials 3: Additional resources


  • AMERICAN GATEWAYS:   CLICK HERE  to sign up for a specific date to volunteer to meet with women seeking asylum at Hutto Residential Detention Center. Three volunteer slots are available each day. Sign up for as many of these 3-hour slots as you’d like. New slots will be opened up each Monday, so check back if your preferred time slot has not yet been posted. After you sign up, you will be sent the email contacts of any other attorneys volunteering on the same day so that you can coordinate arrival at the facility, carpool (if you would like), and division of clients. Within 48 hours prior to your assigned visit, American Gateways will contact you with a list of clients and more information. You will not have to commit to full representation of a case – although you can if you want to. New to Immigration Law or don’t speak Spanish?  CLICK HERE to view training materials, expectations for volunteers, and other necessary forms. If you don’t speak Spanish, an interpreter will be provided or you can bring one with you. Please indicate this when you sign up.
  • RAICES is seeing volunteer attorneys for the Karnes Detention Center. Attorney volunteers will prep detainees for their Credible Fear Interviews (CFI) and draft declarations for those that have received a negative from their CFI. RAICES can accommodate up to 3 non-Spanish speaking volunteers on Fridays and Saturdays, through the use of their telephonic translator line. The biggest need is for Spanish-speaking attorneys with an asylum background. They would like to have between 4-8 bilingual attorneys each week. In addition, there will likely be a carpool caravan leaving Austin around 8 a.m. Contact Kathryn Delgado for more information or to volunteer. In your email, please let her know what date you want to volunteer and your contact information, whether or not you speak Spanish, and if you are member of the Austin Bar Association.
  • AMERICAN GATEWAYS SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH CASE MANAGEMENT Volunteers are need for about 20 hours/week of work at the American Gateways office in Austin. Different people, or groups from firms, could volunteer from week to week.
    Tasks include:

    • Setting up pro bono cases: notifying attorneys of their clients, assigning mentors, and supplying them with information needed to get started
    • Imputing information into master tracking system and database

    Contact Rebecca Lightsey to volunteer or to learn more.


These organizations on on the front lines working with families at the border. Contact them to learn more about how to become a volunteer or to make a donation.

Central Texas Office of Refugees offers these under-served populations hotline postcard flyers  in English and Spanish.

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