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Human Rights Research and Trafficking Policy Legal Internship

Please note that internship applications must be submitted through the form on our website.




This internship is designed for *law students* who are interested in research, analysis, writing, policy drafting, and project administration as well as those with an interest in direct legal services for trafficking victims. This internship focuses primarily on domestic human rights issues in the U.S. Interns will gain practical skills working on a variety of human rights topics, focusing on policy advocacy at the state and federal level. In the past, our interns have worked on projects relating to trafficking, immigration-related advocacy, racial justice and human rights training and education. Interns will also help with human trafficking legal services, such as conducting intake, helping prepare T visa filings and court filings, and client outreach.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Compile and analyze qualitative and quantitative data
  • Research and draft summaries on human rights issues using legal and other materials
  • Assist with writing reports related to local and international human rights issues
  • Assist with monitoring and drafting communications such as newsletters, blog posts, and social media posts on policy issues
  • Assist with legislative advocacy through attending coalition meetings, research and analysis of relevant policy proposals, setting-up and attending meetings with local and federal leaders, and more.
  • Assist with client intake for trafficking victims
  • Work with clients to prepare T visa applications, court filings and other forms as needed
  • Assist staff and volunteer attorneys with coordination between client, social workers, law enforcement personnel and AHR
  • Assist with all aspects of work at a small non-profit, including administrative tasks, data management, etc.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and organizational skills
  • Proven analytical skills
  • Interest in human rights issues
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with the U.S. immigration system and policies is a plus
  • Knowledge of human trafficking law and policy is a plus
  • Proven legal research experience
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Self-starter
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Sensitivity to diverse cultures
  • Student at or graduate of a law school in the United States
  • Prior course work, work experience or clinical experience in immigration, criminal and/or human rights law is a plus.

Required Skills:

  • This internship is limited to law students or paralegals
  • Preference given to those with Spanish language fluency
  • Basic Microsoft Office Suite


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