RAICES Litigation Intern (Remote)

Remote Part-time Allows remote

Internship Position: 

Litigation Intern 

Program: 

Legal Programs 

RAICES – Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services Semester based internships (with a possibility of extension) 

Location: 

Remote

Office Operation Hours: 

Office Operating Hours 

Spring 2020, Summer 2020 Internship, 10 week commitment (PLEASE SPECIFY SEMESTER ON COVER LETTER): Your start and end dates will be discussed with your interviewer and/or supervisor.

THIS IS AN UNPAID INTERNSHIP.

 

Concentration: 

Fields of Concentration: Legal, Outreach

Interviews will be in-person if you are a local applicant; interviews can be conducted via phone or Google Hangouts if you are not a local applicant. 

Founded in 1987, RAICES is the largest non-profit immigration organization in Texas with offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio and staff in Houston, Washington, D.C., and many other locations around Texas. Since 1986, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) has assisted vulnerable members of the immigrant community - including asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, immigrant detainees, and survivors of torture - to navigate the United States immigration court system by helping them to better understand their rights and responsibilities in that process. With the mission to promote justice by providing free and low cost immigration legal services to underserved children, families, and refugees in Central and South Texas, RAICES has grown from a San Antonio based organization to one that serves clients all over Texas. RAICES current, major ongoing activities include: the legal representation of unaccompanied children, families and adults seeking assistance with their immigration case; emergency shelter and referral services for such individuals who have been released from detention; and working with local communities to increase their capacity to be welcoming and to prepare for any executive actions or immigration reforms. 

During this past year, state and federal administrations have been implementing outrageous immigration policies that target different populations of immigrants. These executive actions and anti-immigrant legislations are typically misconstrued by media, often spreading fear and hopelessness, leaving people misinformed and often times, terrified. In this fast-paced, current political atmosphere of constant changes in immigration law, we believe it is crucial to prioritize that affected communities be empowered to fight back, organize and defend themselves while being well informed of the current political situation and their rights. 

OVERVIEW: 

The RAICES Litigation team pursues federal litigation to protect due process and achieve systemic change. We seek legal interns interested in litigation and immigrant rights work. We're looking for energetic and dependable interns who are committed to fighting for human rights in court.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Conduct legal research;
  • Prepare legal memorandums;
  • Intake prospective plaintiffs;
  • Draft pleadings, papers, filings, and client affidavits; and
  • Assist with review, preparation, and production of discovery.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

Spanish preferred, but not required; Current law student in accredited program; Strong writing skills and attention to detail; Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects; Willingness to explore untested and creative legal theories; and Ability to travel to Texas detention centers, preferred.

Additional Comments: By interning with the RAICES you will gain broad knowledge of the different components encompassing immigration law, be at the forefront of the fight for a fair immigration system and good governance, gain experience in management, operations, logistics and community organizing, have networking opportunities with other members of partner organizations, and develop leadership and personal development skills. 

RAICES is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.