Shortage of Hawaii Pro Bono Attorneys Hobbles Legal Aid To Asylum-Seekers

"Honestly, I have to say that some of these cases, we’re just taking them because no one else can. What we have started now is a new project to recruit volunteer lawyers who are not immigration attorneys and bring in additional legal help," he said.

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Ku’uwehi Hiraishi
Hawaii Public Radio
October 17, 2019

Tags: Asylum


A 2018 report by Syracuse University found 90 percent of asylum-seekers without a lawyer were denied in 2017.

But even with an attorney, there’s no guarantee that asylum will be granted. Of those immigrants with attorneys tracked in the same study, half were turned down.

Egan says many of the immigrants will be making their court appearances in the coming months. He hopes they’ll do so with lawyers by their sides.