The Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP) operates a non-traditional pro bono model of legal services that directly represents immigrant mothers and children detained at the 2,400-bed South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. The vast majority of families detained here are fleeing extreme violence in Central America and elsewhere and are seeking asylum in the United States.
DPBP organizes volunteer teams for each week. DPBP asks volunteers to commit to a Sunday-to-Friday work schedule and to arrive Sunday evening for a mandatory on-the-ground orientation meeting. After an exhilarating week, the team leaves the following Saturday, and a new team arrives to take over the caseload and carry the work forward.
DPBP is only able to uphold its promise to provide legal counsel with the help of volunteers who are flexible, willing to step outside their comfort zone, and dedicated to working long and difficult hours (12-15-hour days, full of physically and emotionally exhausting work). During the course of the week, volunteers will report to On-the-Ground staff, taking on a variety of tasks ranging from data entry and scanning to preparing clients for Credible and Reasonable Fear Interviews. Prospective volunteers should note that things On-the-Ground can change rapidly and there may be a need to be flexible and take on different types of works. The Dilley volunteer experience is life changing and you will be working as an integral part of the On-the-Ground team.