The Advocates for Human Rights is a non-governmental, non-profit human rights agency located in Minneapolis working locally, nationally, and internationally to protect and promote human rights. The Refugee & Immigrant Program of The Advocates for Human Rights provides free legal services to survivors of human rights abuses by providing assistance with immigration applications for asylum and other forms of protective relief. With the help of interns and volunteers, The Advocates assists over 1,000 callers and represents more than 500 clients each year.
Possible Intern Projects or Tasks/Duties:
Duties will include:
participate in intake interviews, deliberation and follow up;
conduct legal and human rights research to prepare cases to transmit to volunteer attorneys;
work with clients to prepare asylum applications and affidavits;
assist staff and volunteer attorneys with supplemental research to support pending asylum claims, including brief writing;
assist staff and volunteers with representation of clients at administrative immigration hearings, including observing and potentially participating in court proceedings;
support staff with other related immigration applications, document translation as applicable, research, CLE material preparation and other duties as needed.
Duration of Internship:
Internships require a semester-long commitment with the option to renew for additional semesters as interest and capacity permit.
Approximate Hours Per Week:
Preference for interns who can offer a minimum of 12-hour commitment per week.
2L law or 3L student with an interest and commitment to do high quality legal work for low-income immigrant clients in a fast-paced office setting. Prior course work, work experience or clinical experience in immigration and/or human rights law is a plus. Excellent research, oral and written communication skills, organized, and detail-oriented. Fluency in a second language is a plus but not required.