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Immigration Court Monitoring

The Immigration Court Observation Project helps bring transparency and accountability to the immigration system. Court observers attend hearings at the Fort Snelling Immigration Court and document issues relating to due process and fair trials. No prior experience or legal training is required to volunteer.

The Immigration Court Observation Project is a collaboration among The Advocates for Human Rights, the James H. Binger Center for New Americans at the University of Minnesota Law School, and Robins Kaplan LLP in Minnesota.


  • Able to attend hearings in person at the Fort Snelling Immigration Court
  • Watch introduction video
  • Attend required training prior to signing up for court shifts
  • Complete the Volunteer Agreement, which contains the code of conduct and principles of non-interference
  • Attend registered shifts and submit documentation promptly

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After completing this form, you will receive an email with next steps for the Immigration Court Observation Project.