Make a difference for vulnerable immigrants: Volunteer!

The Julie C. Ferguson Pro Bono Program

Julie C. Ferguson was a Miami-based immigration attorney who spent her career fighting for opportunities for immigrants, doing pro bono work, and contributing to various humanitarian causes.
Devoted to helping immigrants, Julie spent the first part of her career doing pro bono work and taking on challenging asylum cases. She spoke five languages — English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian, and authored the handbook, AILA’s Focus on Waivers Under the Immigration and Nationality Act in 2008, a resource for immigration law practitioners.

Julie graduated from DePauw University and The University of Geneva, Switzerland in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Economics. She went on to obtain her law degree from American University, Washington College of Law, as well as a Masters in International Affairs.

In addition to AI Justice, Julie was involved with Flying High for Haiti, which supports a community school on the island of Île-à-Vache. She also volunteered in Cuba with the Alternatives to Violence Project, an organization that works in prisons around the world teaching inmates peaceful conflict resolution.

Most recently, Julie worked as an EB-5 attorney dedicated to assisting developers and regional centers finance job-creating capital development projects, as well as investors obtain green cards through the immigrant investor visa program.

A well-known figure in the immigration-law community of Miami, Julie was highly respected and her passing is lamented by colleagues and loved ones alike.

Volunteers are integral in ensuring AI Justice's high quality services are delivered to everyone who needs them. 

Volunteers can assist AI Justice with the vulnerable populations we serve including unaccompanied minors, detained asylum seekers, and survivors of domestic violence.  

Ongoing volunteer opportunities include providing support in our office, participating in screening clinics, and representing clients on a pro bono basis through our Julie C. Ferguson Pro Bono Program. The support of pro bono attorneys allows us to increase representation to those who need it most. Pro bono attorneys are provided with significant support including trainings, templates, and individualized mentorship. To assist with the numerous cases of individuals needing pro bono representation, please apply here.


Learn more about specific case opportunities with AI Justice and other organizations throughout Florida by visiting The Florida Bar Foundation Florida Pro Bono Matters website.  

You don't have to be an attorney to help!

General office support is a critical component in helping us to meet the needs of the community. General assistance can include filing and organizing, and depending on language fluency, translations and interpretations. To volunteer to provide general assistance, please apply here.


Sign up to volunteer for an upcoming Community Immigration Legal Screening Clinic.

Did you know that as many as 16% of the undocumented community is eligible for immigration relief under existing laws and policies? Given the fear in the community, Americans for Immigrant Justice , Catholic Legal Services, CASA, and Justice for Our Neighbors are providing free legal screenings to the community. We need volunteer attorneys, interpreters, and general assistance. For questions, please email To learn more about what to expect at a legal screening clinic, watch this training video and review this sample screening form.


** Please note, events will be removed as volunteer needs are met. Updates about the events will be emailed to those who signed up. Please ensure you enter the contact information that is best to reach you.**

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We will be in touch shortly after you submit your application.

Read about some of our Pro Bono Heroes here.

Please email with any questions.

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About Us:

AI Justice is an award-winning non-profit law and advocacy firm that protects and promotes the basic human rights of immigrants. In Florida and on a national level, we champion the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children; advocate for survivors of trafficking and domestic violence; serve as a watchdog on immigration detention practices and policies; and speak for immigrant groups who have particular and compelling claims to justice.