The Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project Selects Foley Hoag as 2011 Pro Bono Detention Award Recipient

April 26, 2011

Foley Hoag announced today it is the recipient of The Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project’s (PAIR) 2011 Pro Bono Detention Award in recognition of outstanding pro bono representation of indigent immigrants in detention. The award will be presented to Foley Hoag at the 2011 Gala Dinner & Auction on June 8, 2011 at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston.

PAIR is the leading provider of pro bono immigration legal services to asylum-seekers and immigrants unjustly detained in Massachusetts. PAIR’s Detention Program, launched in 1990, is the only immigration legal services program with negotiated access to all three major ICE detention centers in Massachusetts. Foley Hoag has been working with PAIR since 1991 and has assisted detained immigrants in a variety of legal venues.

“Many of the victories these immigrants have experienced would not have been possible without the dedication, generosity, hard work and exceptional legal talents of the attorneys at Foley Hoag,” said Sarah Ignatius, executive director at PAIR. “The PAIR Board of Directors and staff thank and honor all of the attorneys at Foley Hoag who have demonstrated outstanding service and exceptional work on behalf of our clients.”

Foley Hoag’s pro bono program has been a hallmark of the firm since its representation of the plaintiffs in the 1970’s lawsuit that brought desegregation to the Boston public schools. The firm is consistently top-ranked in The American Lawyer’s Pro Bono Report, appearing in the top quartile this year.

“Our work with PAIR is so gratifying because we are helping immigrants in desperate need of assistance navigate the complex world of immigration and constitutional law to achieve positive outcomes for themselves and their families,” said Michael P. Boudett, partner and PAIR coordinator at the firm.

Claire Laporte, Foley Hoag partner and pro bono coordinator added, “Many of our associates have devoted countless hours to helping PAIR’s clients emerge victorious from very troubling circumstances. We are very honored to work with PAIR'S clients and the dedicated staff at PAIR.”

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