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The Advocates mobilizes volunteers to address some of the most pressing issues of our time because we believe that everyone has the power to advance human rights. Volunteers engage in hands-on human rights work, helping The Advocates accomplish critical research and advocacy and transforming themselves into advocates for human rights.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities by clicking the links below.

Sign up to attend an upcoming virtual information session, held the third Wednesday in March, June, September, and December. Email to register.

Pro Bono Representation

Represent asylum seekers and survivors of human rights abuses.

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Immigration Court Monitoring

Bring a public eye to immigration court proceedings.

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WATCH Court Monitoring

Monitor court proceedings related to violence against women and girls.

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Interpreting & Translating

Translate documents and help with in-person meetings and interviews.

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Administrative & Event Support

Help in our downtown Minneapolis office and at events.

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Artist Mentor

Help our LGBTQ+ clients develop their creative practice and cultivate a “chosen family.”

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Volunteer Profiles

Read about the critical work of our volunteers.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021


Remembering Volunteer Pat Mattos

Thursday, July 15, 2021


Supporting Asylum Seekers Holistically

Thursday, June 17, 2021


Scott Smith: 2021 Volunteer Award Recipient

Already a volunteer?

Visit the Volunteer Resources Portal for links to resources for current volunteers.

Volunteer Information Q&A Sessions

Join us by Zoom on the third Wednesday of March, June, September, and December to learn more about how you can volunteer. Email to register.

Upcoming sessions:

December 15, 2021 at 5 PM CT

March 16, 2022 at 12 PM CT

June 15, 2022 at 5 PM CT

September 21, 2022 at 12 PM CT