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AILA Doc. No. 14100656 | Dated May 19, 2020
"There is simply no humane way to detain families. Asylum seeking families should be given due process, not expedited removal. And the end of the road must be the end of family detention entirely."
- Victor Nieblas Pradis, Former AILA President
In December 2014, the federal government opened the largest immigrant family detention center, the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) in Dilley, Texas, approximately 80 minutes southwest of San Antonio. The pro bono work at STFRC, formerly called the Dilley Pro Bono Project, is now called Proyecto Dilley. The project is a local partner in the AILA/Council Immigration Justice Campaign.
Currently, there are approximately 1,000 mothers and their children detained in Dilley. The detention center has the capacity to hold 2,400 women and children, and the population is constantly fluctuating. And, nearly all are seeking asylum. With virtually no one on the ground to provide assistance and representation to these families, the partners of Proyecto Dilley are leading the effort in Dilley. Proyecto Dilley operates a non-traditional pro bono model of legal services that directly represents the mothers and children detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center. We organize volunteer teams for each week. We ask volunteers to commit to a Sunday to Friday work schedule and to arrive Sunday evening for a mandatory on the ground orientation meeting. After an exhilarating and exhausting week, the team leaves the following Saturday, and a new team arrives to take over the caseload and carry the work forward.
The Proyecto Dilley volunteer application is currently closed.
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 14100656.