Legal Internship -Removal Defense

San Antonio, Texas, United States | Removal Defense | Part-time | COVID-19 remote


RAICES – Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (removal defense)

Fall 2021 Internship, 10-week commitment, Your start and end dates will be discussed with your interviewer and/or supervisor. Interviews will be conducted via Google Hangouts

Location:  Due to Covid19 this position will be remote

Schedule: 15-30hrs per week

Concentration: Legal, adult detention

*Applications submitted without cover letters will not be considered.

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 these past four years, 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. 


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. This section of RCIS focuses its efforts in representing San Antonio residents facing deportation- both in detention and following release from detention. We utilize a "universal representation" model and accept cases without regard to perceived merit. We work in collaboration with the SAFE Network, a project of the Vera Institute of Justice. We represent clients in all forms of relief from removal including cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, asylum, and motions for termination. We also represent clients in bond hearings and in appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals. As the RCIS Removal Defense law clerk, you will be responsible for the following:


  • Meet with clients and family member to gather information and prepare declarations;
  • Conduct legal and country conditions research;
  • Draft declarations, motions, briefs, and applications for relief;
  • Gather criminal conviction records and other relevant documents;
  • Appear for clients in immigration court under attorney supervision (if time permits)


  •  Must be a currently enrolled 1st or 2nd-year law student;
  •  Spanish language required (must be comfortable conversing in Spanish);
  •  Attention to detail, punctuality and good teamwork;
  •  Interest in serving the community, law practice, and in human rights;
  •  Experience working with trauma survivors and/or writing declarations preferred;
  •  Immigration or Criminal Defense clinic and/or coursework preferred.

Additional Comments: By interning with the RAICES you will gain a 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.