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Volunteers are the driving force of our work.

Graph depicting volunteer engagement. 1,395 volunteer engaged in 2022, including 936 legal professionals, 273 court observers, 103 interns, 49 interpreters/translators, and 34 community engagement volunteers.

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. If you have additional questions, email

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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Volunteer Profiles

Read about the critical work of our volunteers.