Foley Hoag Partners with L4GG to Provide Pro Bono Services to Help Ukrainians Applying for U.S. Immigration Relief

May 10, 2022

Foley Hoag LLP has partnered with Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG), a coordinator of large scale pro bono programs and advocacy efforts, and a coalition of 130 law firms, to launch the TPS Pro Bono Project for Ukraine, which provides pro bono legal assistance to Ukrainian nationals in the U.S. to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Through the TPS Pro Bono Project, eligible Ukrainian nationals are offered free legal assistance from attorneys who help answer legal questions and assist in applying for TPS. TPS is a form of immigration relief offered to foreign nationals in the United States whose home countries are considered unsafe, which provides the right to live and work in the U.S.  for a temporary period. The Biden administration designated Ukraine for TPS in early March of 2022 and has declared that Ukrainian Nationals who entered the U.S. on or before April 11, 2022 are eligible to apply.

L4GG hopes to expand the TPS Pro Bono Project for Ukraine to provide legal assistance to nationalities of other countries designated for TPS, such as Afghans, Haitians, Venezuelans, Cameroonians and more.

L4GG is a community of 125,000 lawyers, law students, and activists fighting to ensure equal rights, equal opportunities and equal justice under the law by creating the social and economic conditions that lead to true equity.

After helping launch the clinic, Foley Hoag continues to provide ongoing support through pro bono assistance by many of its legal professionals. Firm pro bono participants include Ivanna Bihun, Maria Carnicella, James Gross, Daniel Lewallen, Tina Papagiannopoulos, Shailesh Sahay, Alexander Somodevilla and Vinay Thakur, as well as paralegal Lorena Senra.