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's Adult Team serves adults in immigration detention at the Port Isabel Detention Center and El Valle Detention Facility. ProBAR's services for adults include a combination of legal education, pro se assistance, and legal representation. The adults ProBAR serves are originally from many regions of the world. Common case types include asylum and cancellation of removal, as well as other forms of immigration relief.
ProBAR Children's Team serves detained, unaccompanied children in South Texas by providing them with child-friendly "Know Your Rights" presentations and in-depth legal screenings, as well as legal referrals, pro se assistance and legal representation, where appropriate. The children ProBAR serves primarily come from Central America. Many are eligible for protection under U.S. law, including Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, the U and T visas, and asylum.