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ProBAR Celebrates Anniversary;
Honors Pro Bono Champions

November 20, 2014
William C. Hubbard

Reprinted with permission from Valley Morning Star

The commitment, dedication and compassion of ProBAR attorneys, assistants, and volunteers were celebrated Monday as the humanitarian initiative marked its 25th anniversary of assisting immigrants and refugees in the United States to navigate the asylum process.

Founded in 1989, ProBAR, formally known as The South Texas Asylum Representation Project, is a joint effort of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, which promotes due process for immigrants and refugees.

ProBAR, based in Harlingen, provides free legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas by the federal government. It recruits, trains and coordinates the activities of volunteer attorneys, law students and legal assistants. It started in 1989 in response to a humanitarian crisis similar to the one today, ABA President William C. Hubbard said, referring to the arrival of tens of thousands of adults, families and children who have entered the United States seeking safety, protection, family reunification and economic opportunity.

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