VIDA staff and volunteer attorneys will provide a variety of services to suit the needs of the communities they serve, including removal defense and appeals, affirmative applications with USCIS, and humanitarian relief, including T and U visas, TPS, asylum, SIJS, and VAWA. Attorneys who accept pro bono cases on behalf of VIDA will be responsible for those cases. VIDA will not represent eligible individuals who are referred to volunteer attorneys for pro bono representation.
VIDA's first project is focused on Eastern Tennessee. We opened an office in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 1, 2016 and are a host site for an Equal Justice Works justice AmeriCorps Fellow. To learn more about our Knoxville office please click here.
VIDA is an Illinois Nonprofit Corporation whose mission is to expand access to quality pro bono immigration-related legal services in underserved areas of the United States. VIDA was founded in January 2016 and is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This site is under construction. Please visit us again soon to learn more about VIDA.
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“We educated, privileged lawyers have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all, both legal and economic justice.” - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (November 2002)
Immigration Lawyers Helping
Immigrants in Underserved Areas
VIDA is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, but operates in areas of the United States where there are large
immigrant communities with limited access to pro bono attorneys and immigration service providers.
Currently, VIDA is only representing individuals in East Tennessee.
If you are looking for information about representation in East Tennessee, please click here.