Detention Center Trip
This winter break, the University of Oregon chapter of the National
Lawyers Guild is organizing a group of 11 bilingual law students to
travel to Karnes, Texas to volunteer with the Karnes Pro Bono Project at
a Family Detention Center.
The Karnes Pro Bono Project was launched in 2014 by a group of attorneys
committed to serving the legal needs of women and children in family
detention. The project has since come under the direction of RAICES,
providing free legal services to detainees in the Karnes Detention
Center. The detained women and children are forced to pass a credible or
reasonable fear interview before they can be released to pursue asylum.
The failure to meet requirements for asylum can lead to deportation,
which can mean a return to danger and even death.
Students will spend a full week volunteering on the ground at the
detention center, and will help with the following work:
- Client intake and preparation
- Researching and drafting motions and declarations
- Bond proceedings
- Credible fear interviews
- Providing protection and advocacy to the women and children against
the harsh conditions of the facility
Because each student traveling to Texas will be self-financing airfare,
room and board, ground transportation to and from the facility, and
other incidentals, we are trying to raise enough money to reimburse as
much of those expenditures as we possibly can. All donated funds will be
disbursed directly to students who have already booked their own travel.
Thank you so very much for your contribution. If you cannot not contribute financially we would greatly
appreciate if you could spread this link around to your families and communities.
National Lawyers Guild
University of Oregon Chapter.