This page contains resources aimed at helping non-profit organizations become more efficient in their management and increase the capacity of legal services provision.

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Malpractice Insurance   || Department of Justice (DOJ) Recognition and Accreditation ||  Important Listservs to Join   ||  Advocacy Software for Nonprofit Immigration Service Providers and Advocates   ||  USCIS and BIA updates ||  Immigration Legal Sources Organizations that Provide Practice Materials


Malpractice Insurance[sta_anchor id=”malpractice”]

The Collaborative recommends all legal services providers, both those with attorneys and DOJ accredited representatives, obtain malpractice insurance.

HILSC’s Malpractice Insurance Guide offers information on why insurance is important and how to get it. The Guide includes summaries of the policies offered by the following insurers used by HILSC partners:

  • National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) runs a malpractice insurance for nonprofits. You must be a member of NLADA to qualify.
  • CIMA World offers malpractice insurance for legal services organizations. Their minimum premium is $500 per year for organizations that are NOT in the State Bar program. Their policy covers an organization’s pro bono volunteers. Read their full policy and apply for malpractice insurance. The State Bar offers CIMA World insurance at a discounted rate through the Texas Access to Justice Foundation. Organizations must be a part of the State Bar’s Access to Justice.

Department of Justice (DOJ) Recognition and Accreditation[sta_anchor id=”board”]

An organization can receive “recognition” from the Department of Justice, which gives the non-profit permission to practice immigration law through accredited representatives before either the Department of Homeland Security (i.e. USCIS) only or both DHS and the immigration courts (partial and full recognition, respectively). The DOJ issued a new rule on accreditation and recognition, which took effect in January 2017. Note: currently recognized organizations will need to re-apply every 1 to 3 years, depending on the organization’s circumstances. Learn more:

Important Listservs to Join[sta_anchor id=”important”]

It is important to join listservs to stay up-to-date about national immigration policies and trends. Some of the below listservs are interactive and allow for discussion, while others are non-interactive and post updates.

  • The Collaborative’s listserv is a space for discussion, legal and advocacy updates, events, volunteer opportunities, and more. It is available to approved stakeholder organizations and their staff/volunteers. Sign up here
  • Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) case alerts: get updates on precedent decisions
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services updates: get updates on USCIS events, changes procedures and forms, and more
  • Detention Watch Network listserv: a listserv where information about detention, removals, and general immigration updates are shared. This listserv allows participants to post
  • Immigration Advocates Network maintains a list of several listservs from a variety of non-profit immigration organizations
  • The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild maintains several listservs, including lists discussing casework, the intersection of immigration and criminal law; updates on VAWA; and mental competency issues. Some lists require NLG membership
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center hosts a variety of listservs on topics such as: DREAMers, family-based immigration, asylum, and immigration activism
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association maintains several lists, including Texas-wide updates, Houston list, and a new attorneys list where members can ask more experienced practitioners questions. Membership to AILA is required and it is recommended that attorneys at HILSC organizations join for benefits such as webinars and networking. Learn how to join
  • CLINIC maintains a weekly listserv with updates about webinars and news
  • State-wide listserv run by the ABA’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Unaccompanied Alien Children Asylum listserv: contact ABA-CILA to join

Advocacy[sta_anchor id=”advocacy”]

CLINIC’s Program Management Resources

The Collaborative has used CLINIC for its expertise in helping organizations run high-quality programs, they are a source of good information. Below are a few examples of the resources they provide:

Technology for Immigration Service Providers and Advocates[sta_anchor id=”software”]