Legal Internship -Removal Unit

Dallas, Texas, United States | Children's Program | Part-time | COVID-19 remote

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Dallas Legal Internship - Removal Unit

RAICES – Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

Summer 2021 (Please state what semester you are applying for in your cover letter) This is a 10-week commitment; your start and end dates will be discussed with your interviewer and/or supervisor. 

Location:  Due to Covid19 this position is REMOTE

Schedule: Flexible, 10 - 30 hours a week

Concentration: Legal, Immigration, Children’s Rights

Apply for the RAICES Intern Scholarship below

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 with additional 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.

OVERVIEW:

RAICES Children’s Program serves unaccompanied immigrant children who are both detained and released from the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The Children’s Program seeks to find volunteers and interns to assist attorneys, legal assistants and social workers in providing both legal and social support services to unaccompanied children in the San Antonio area. The position involves contact with children of all ages, some of which have suffered extensive trauma or other forms of abuse, and who require support services in conjunction with legal representation. 

The Community Immigration Services Program at RAICES (RCIS), is the founding component of the organization. We are entrusted to serve the legal and educational needs of the immigrant communities we serve. Our program was founded in San Antonio to serve the needs of displaced individuals escaping the horrors of civil wars raging throughout Central American countries in the 1980s. Today, with offices serving the immigrant needs in San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding counties, we continue to be true to our founding principle. We assist individuals resettling in the United States as refugees, individuals seeking protection in the United States because of horrendous and life-threatening conditions in their home countries, victims of crime, individuals seeking family reunification, United States citizenship, children who came to the United States at a young age who need permission to work, among others. We continuously engage the community in providing resources and information to keep them up to date with ongoing changes and understand their legal rights, empowering them to protect themselves, their families, and community members. 

The purpose of RCIS is to provide accessible and timely legal services designed to fit the specific needs of communities, through direct consultation with attorneys at our office without previous appointment, through legal clinics specializing in different issues, or through information workshops. Through this practicum, you will support RAICES’ staff to serve a greater number of clients by assisting in various aspects of the legal process

 As the Legal Intern for the Children’s Program and RCIS you will be responsible for the following:

POTENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist attorneys and paralegals with completing intakes and follow up appointments with clients;
  • Draft legal documents;
  • Assist with translations;
  • Conduct legal research;
  • Assist in organizing files;
  • Conduct data processing, cleaning, and entry;
  • Other project-related tasks;
  • Complete intake surveys with clients; 
  • Speak with clients and assisting attorneys in interviews;
  • Draft declarations; 
  • Assist attorneys with paperwork; 
  • Assist with legal clinics;
  • Conduct data processing, cleaning, and entry;
  • Other project-related tasks and deliverables.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student or law student;

  • Spanish language fluency required (must be comfortable interviewing clients in Spanish);

  • Background working with diverse populations preferred;
  • Background working with children and trauma survivors preferred;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Interest in serving the community via immigration law and human rights;
  • Background in Political Science, International Studies, Public Policy, Pre-law, Humanities, Education, Spanish, etc. preferred;
  • Adaptable to a fast-paced environment;
  • Flexible schedule to be present at events outside of traditional work hours;
  • Able to handle sensitive and extremely confidential information professionally and empathetically;

Additional Comments: By interning with the Children’s Program you will gain in-depth knowledge of the process of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, and other forms of legal relief while being at the forefront of the fight for a fair immigration system and the ability to practice law in a way that contributes to society by advocating for social justice.

 

Intern Scholarship Application

Deadline: April 30, 2021

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) Intern Scholarship provides funding for individuals who are devoted to our mission of promoting justice. Our interns know RAICES is a place where passion meets action and they have a goal of using their voice to make an impact on a global level. In order to make this goal, a reality RAICES has created an intern scholarship. 

This scholarship is meant to provide some financial support while interns work in an educational and dynamic environment. We at RAICES understand the financial challenges that can occur while seeking out an internship and strive to support our Intern Familia as much as we can.  

This scholarship is a one-time awarded amount of $4,000; applicants applying for the competitive intern scholarship must be accepted into the program, commit, and be onboarded for a 10- consecutive week internship with RAICES for the summer 2021 semester. The intern is responsible for a maximum of 40 hours per week and applications will only be considered once the student has been accepted into the RAICES Internship Program. Payments are distributed in two payouts during the time of the internship. 

To be considered applicants must meet/submit the following criteria:

  • Applicants should have completed their first year of university/ law school (1L) by the start of their internship and must be a currently enrolled student;
  • Interns interested must submit the application and essay;
  • In order for RAICES to complete this transaction, the recipient MUST have the following: a Social Security Number or an EIN Number. Also, please keep in mind these funds may be subject to taxes and you will receive a 1099 through RAICES at the end of the year

RAICES essay prompts: Please select one of the following prompts and write a 1-2 page essay (double spaced).

  • Describe your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your desire to become an intern with RAICES and your future goals.
  • Why are you a good candidate to receive the RAICES Intern Scholarship?
  • Pick an experience from your own life and explain how it has influenced your development and has influenced you to apply for the RAICES Internship Program.

Intern Scholarship Application

First Name: 



Last Name:



Email:



School/University you currently attend:



Graduation year:



What is your current undergraduate major?



What is your focus in law school? (if applicable)



Are you receiving any outside funding for this internship and if so what amount?


Application checklist:

◻️ RAICES Internship Scholarship application;

◻️ Essay (1- 2 page) utilize RAICES essay prompts;

◻️ The essay prompt selected is clearly stated at the top of the essay;

◻️ Submit essay and application with completed internship application;

◻️ Agree to submit all items below 

During/upon completion of the internship, the intern must submit the following:

  • A written testimonial describing your experience at RAICES, which can be used on social media/RAICES Internship website page etc.
  • Provide bi-weekly updates via SLACK/Zoom to fellow interns on the progress of the internship
  • 4-6 images from the internship (if applicable) that can be used on social media/RAICES Internship website page
  • Submit all items to the Internship Manager

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.