Detained immigrants seeking asylum at border get help from Baltimore attorneys, law students

Domzal and a fellow attorney at Ballard Spahr, Michelle McGeogh, are among hundreds of lawyers across the country who have taken time away from their paid work to travel to remote detention centers and represent undocumented immigrants.

Feature (Maryland)

Jean Marbella
Baltimore Sun
December 28, 2018

Tags: Deportation, Detention Centers, Pro Bono

Organizations mentioned/involved: Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)


With the Trump administration clamping down on immigration on multiple fronts — separating children from parents on the border and resettling far fewer refugees than in the past — the number of detainees is soaring. In fiscal 2018, according to a recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement report, 396,448 people were booked into detention facilities, a more than 22 percent increase over the previous year.

Many in the legal profession have been motivated to take on the cause of those seeking entry to the U.S., with some of the country’s most prominent law firms filing suits to challenge Trump’s policies. Lawyers are donating their time, which might otherwise cost paying clients hundreds of dollars an hour, to represent immigrants.