Report: Having a Lawyer Makes a Big Difference in Immigration Appeals

"The following evaluation seeks to measure the impact of the Project more than a decade after its inception. Specifically, the evaluation assesses the Project’s success in matching unrepresented respondents with pro bono counsel and whether the involvement of such attorneys and other representatives resulted in positive outcomes for those represented. ... Most significantly, an analysis of the appeals before the Board between 2002 and 2011 showed that pro se litigants who are represented through the Project were more likely to obtain a favorable outcome in their cases than those who do not receive representation. This was particularly the case for individuals who are detained." - A TEN-YEAR REVIEW OF THE BIA PRO BONO PROJECT: 2002-2011; EOIR, Feb. 20, 2014.