ABA President-Elect Robinson to Tour ProBAR Sites in South Texas

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 15, 2010— To celebrate 20 years of the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, _ President-elect Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III will meet with ProBAR staff and clients in South Texas on Nov. 22. ProBAR — a joint project of the ABA, the State Bar of Texas and the American Immigration Lawyers Association — is a national effort to provide pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas by the U.S. government. ProBAR offers legal assistance to those facing language barriers, limited finances and little understanding of U.S. law and court procedures.

In conjunction with meeting with ProBAR staff and clients, Robinson will visit the IES Los Fresnos children’s detention facility, Baptist Child Family Services, Harlingen Immigration Court and La Posada Providencia Refugee Shelter. He will see first hand the success ProBAR has had and evaluate what improvements need to be made with respect to immigration issues.

While in Harlingen, Robinson will be available to meet with media to discuss these issues. Reporters will need specific clearance to accompany Robinson on the detention facility tours.

ABA President-elect Bill Robinson

Touring South Texas immigration facilities
Meeting ProBAR clients and staff

Nov. 22
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


  • 9 – 10:30 a.m. IES Los Fresnos Children’s Detention Facility, Los Fresnos
  • 11:15 – Noon Baptist Child Family Services, Harlingen
  • 12:15 p.m. Harlingen Immigration Court , Harlingen
  • 3 p.m. La Posada Providencia Refugee Center, San Benito

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