In early 2017, Jones Day created the Laredo Project, a full-time presence providing legal information and representation to women refugees detained on the border. The Laredo Project now includes a full-time trial site operation in Laredo, Texas; hundreds of trial teams working remotely across the country; and a team of talented appellate lawyers.
Each week, they bring in a volunteer team of six to eight lawyers and two translators on the ground in Laredo, supported by a full-time staff of four paralegals and two lawyers. These teams conduct “Know Your Rights” presentations and provide information about the asylum process to women refugees fleeing gender persecution, gang violence, or political persecution in Latin America. In addition, they prepare detainees for their “credible fear” interviews with asylum officers and represent refugees with colorable claims for protection under U.S. asylum laws. This continued presence requires an ongoing commitment from Jones Day lawyers, and we are delighted that retired partners and Firm staff have joined the effort as well. Jones Day has educated thousands of detained women about the asylum process and their legal rights and has helped more than 300 clients as part of the Laredo Project.
The Laredo Project has shifted its work to focus on providing legal representation for those in MPP since 2019. Email Laura K. Tuell directly if you are a pro bono attorney with a law firm who wishes to volunteer with the Laredo Project.