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Internship

Legal Fellow

🚀 Off-cycle Internship

Washington, DC +2

🤑 $60K - $63K

AI generated summary

  • You need a U.S. law degree, experience with asylum seekers, strong communication skills, familiarity with immigration law, ability to manage tasks under pressure, willingness to travel, and fluency in Spanish.
  • You will work at a Human Rights First office in NYC, DC, or LA, with potential travel to the border region. You will research, provide direct legal representation to asylum seekers, draft reports, advocate for systemic change, and support the refugee protection team.

Off-cycle Internship

LegalWashington, DC, Los Angeles, New York

Description

  • Human Rights First is primarily interested in projects that will support our efforts to advance due process and address systemic impediments to access to asylum and access to counsel and fair proceedings in the legal representation and treatment of asylum-seekers during border processes, asylum office interviews, and immigration court hearings, particularly given unlawful restrictions in place by the current asylum ban policy and practices limiting access to counsel in expedited removal. 

Requirements

  • A U.S. law degree (J.D.) by summer 2024;
  • Admission to a state bar or pending admission as of fall 2024;
  • Previous experience working with people seeking asylum and/or other immigrants, through law school clinics, judicial clerkships, or legal internships;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to translate highly-technical material for a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to communicate patiently, respectfully, and empathetically with individuals from a variety of backgrounds;
  • Familiarity with U.S. immigration law and policy;
  • Ability to take initiative, manage numerous tasks simultaneously, work under pressure and meet deadlines, and identify and analyze legal issues;
  • Willingness to travel, including to the U.S.-Mexico border region to conduct research on access to asylum and document the impact of U.S. asylum policies; and
  • Fluency in Spanish is required, and fluency in another language, such as an Indigenous language of the Americas, Haitian Creole, or French, is desirable.

Area of Responsibilities

Legal

Responsibilities

  • The fellow will work full-time at a Human Rights First office location in New York City, Washington, D.C. or Los Angeles, with preference for New York City. A willingness to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border region to support research, including through interviews with legal service providers and people seeking asylum in the United States is desired. The refugee protection team’s director and/or senior attorney will supervise and mentor the fellow. Any direct representation of asylum seekers provided by the fellow will be supervised by a senior attorney on the Refugee Representation team. Previous legal fellows with Human Rights First have had the opportunity to, among other things, represent clients in immigration court and before the Asylum Office; engage in representation and advocacy on behalf of detained asylum seekers; conduct research and advocacy on border policies impacting asylum seekers; research and draft reports and recommendations on improving the immigration courts; and draft press releases, policy recommendations, and reports to advocate for systemic change of the asylum system, many of which have been reported in media outlets such as The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Buzzfeed News.

Details

Work type

Full time

Work mode

office

Application deadline

Aug 13, 2024

Location

Washington, DC, Los Angeles, New York

Salary

60000 - 63000 USD