HNBA Immigrant Legal Defense Task Force Is Now Accepting Donations!

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Immigrant Legal Defense Task Force is honored to announce an initial donation of $5,000 to the HNBA Immigrant Legal Defense Fund.  The (HNBA) Immigrant Legal Defense Fund provides grants for low-cost legal representation to assist in the defense of select immigration cases.  We expect a significant number of grant applications and encourage all HNBA members and supporters, as well as the general public, to consider donating to this important fund here.  Every single donation will make a difference! The HNBA is confident that by working together with our members, partners and friends, we can make a substantial difference in the lives of immigrants across the country.

Apply for a Grant

The HNBA Immigrant Legal Defense Fund has been established to help defray the costs of legal representation provided by attorneys. Grant applications must be submitted by the attorney providing “low bono” (low cost) legal services.

Case Types: Given the current priorities established by the Executive Office of Immigration Review, the following cases are eligible for grants:

1. Detained removal cases (detainee is not eligible for bond pursuant to INA § 236(c));
2. Unaccompanied children in custody of Office of Refugee Resettlement (family member has not been identified for sponsorship); and
3. Individuals granted a bond pursuant to Rodriguez v. Robbins, 804 F.3d 1060 (9th Cir. 2015).

Eligibility: The attorney’s hourly rate must not exceed $100 and the grant must be applied to the cost for representation in an immigration case.

Grant Amount: Up to $500. Depending on availability of funds, the grant amount may change.

To Participate & Apply: The attorney must complete a Grant Application here, upload a copy of the Retainer Agreement, and one of the following documents (depending on case type):

1. Immigration Judge Order indicating no bond pursuant to INA § 236(c) or I-286 indicating “detained in custody of Department of Homeland Security”;
2. Case Status Summary from Office of Refugee Resettlement – Only cases that are marked Code 4 are eligible for a grant.
3. Form I-830 that is notated “CR” in the top right hand corner where bond was granted pursuant to Rodriguez v. Robbins.