GAIN’s mission is to provide free immigration legal services to victims of crime and persecution.
GAIN’s mission is safety, freedom and opportunity for all.
GAIN, formerly known as the Atlanta Bar Asylum Project, was formed in early 2005 as a loose affiliation among the leadership of the Atlanta Bar Association, Catholic Social Services, and a handful of associates from several Atlanta law firms. This affiliation recognized that:
- unrepresented aliens in the Atlanta area might benefit from pro bono representation;
- the introduction of pro bono attorneys into the U.S. Immigration Court system in Atlanta might assist the Court by helping to facilitate the reasonable and efficient adjudication of unrepresented aliens’ cases; and
- a formal organization capable of providing mentorship and guidance in the area of immigration law is necessary to ensure that lawyers who venture in the U.S. Immigration Court system are adequately prepared and able to provide a satisfactory level of representation.
Since 2005, the organization has transitioned from a loose affiliation into a formal pro bono opportunity referral organization
[under the umbrella of the Atlanta Bar Association], by placing asylum cases with volunteer attorneys and expanding its services to place cases involving immigrants who have been victimized upon their arrival in the United States.
GAIN provides legal representation in immigration matters to individuals seeking Asylum, VAWA, U-visa, or T-visa relief by placing pro bono cases with volunteer attorneys in the metro-Atlanta community.GAIN receives pro bono immigration referrals from: (1) the federal government, (2) non-profit organizations and community groups, and (3) other sources, includi…ng aliens and their family members and then works to place cases with members of the Atlanta Bar Association and the Atlanta Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA).GAIN alerts volunteer attorneys to new pro bono opportunities through its email list-serve. Upon an attorney’s acceptance of a pro bono opportunity, GAIN provides the volunteer with training materials, administrative support, and if appropriate, pairs the volunteer attorney with a volunteer mentor. GAIN opportunities are available for litigation and transactional attorneys as well as legal support staff and law students.