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Upcoming Volunteer Trainings

On February 16 from 5 pm to 8 pm, the Advocates for Human Rights will present an Asylum Basics CLE at Lindquist and Vennumm LLP. Please RSVP here. The training will focus on how to help individuals seek asylum in light of the Executive Orders. 

How to Volunteer at the Airport

  1. Register as a volunteer through this link.

     

  2. Volunteer for a shift at MSP here. Please send questions about scheduling to Kara Lynum at kara@lynumlaw.com.

     

  3. Invitations to join our communications platform, Slack, will be sent to all registered volunteers by Melissa Staudinger. She will also send orientation and other onboarding materials. If you have questions about how to use Slack or volunteer operating procedures at MSP, please email Melissa at missy.staudinger01@gmail.com.

     

  4. A video recording of the training on how to help at the airport can be found here


Local and national immigrant advocacy organizations working in this area:

Advocates for Human Rights – The Advocates are looking for attorneys to represent asylum seekers whose cases have become more urgent in light of 2017 events.  Similarly, they have a need for pro bono assistance for current clients and former clients who have family members affected by President Trumps's Executive Order. If volunteer attorneys are interested in such work they can simply say so in the “Type of case you are interested in:” part of the volunteer registration form. (The Advocates provides training, support, and mentors for attorneys who have not yet taken on these cases previously.)

Immigration Law Center of MN (posting updates on Facebook)

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

Volunteer Lawyers Network

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services 

The Center for New Americans

AILA Minn/Dak (Regional chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association)  

National Immigration Law Center

ACLU of Minnesota

International Refugee Assistance Project


Other resources for attorneys rendering pro bono services in this area:

Fastcase has put out a list of immigration resources (including the executive order, recent court orders, and relevant case law and statutes) available here. (MSBA members have free access to Fastcase and the listed materials.)

Resources for the Executive Order on Immigration 

Lawyers Fighting Civil Rights and Immigration Issues