Bus Station Outreach Internship

San Antonio, Texas, United States Part-time

RAICES – Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

Spring Semester internship (with a possibility of extension): January-May; your start and end dates will be discussed with your interviewer and/or supervisor.

Location: RAICES Kentucky House; 802 Kentucky Ave., San Antonio, TX 78201

Schedule: Flexible, office opens 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday; opportunities for out-of-office hours and weekends available

Concentration: Legal, Immigration, Organizing, Management, Communications

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. 

THIS IS AN UNPAID INTERNSHIP.

 

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 administration 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 Bus Station Outreach Program serves immigrants who have just been released from detention at the Greyhound Bus Station in downtown San Antonio. The San Antonio bus station is the point of departure for these individuals and families as they continue their journeys into the United States. The Bus Station Outreach intern will assist Post-Release staff, attorneys, and advocates in providing legal, logistical, and social support services to asylum seeking and other families as they navigate their way through their cases and the country. The position involves extensive contact with women and children, many of whom have suffered extensive trauma. Spanish language fluency is required.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide post-release legal orientation for families at the bus station;
  • Teach a Know Your Rights session during scheduled shifts;
  • Assist with advocacy projects as needed;
  • Assist with logistical questions about multi-day bus travel;
  • Assist with translations as needed;
  • Conduct legal research as assigned;
  • Stay informed and current on SB 4 tactics and responses;
  • Other project related tasks as assigned by Post-Release staff;
  • Maintain positive and professional relationships with other bus station volunteers and staff.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Spanish language required (must be comfortable conversing in Spanish);
  • Must have own way of transportation;
  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality;
  • Ability to work with adults and children from diverse economic, linguistic, gender, cultural and social backgrounds;
  • Background working with trauma survivors preferred;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with staff, community partners, advocates and volunteers;
  • Sensitivity and knowledge of the issues regarding domestic violence and sexual assault and issues related to human trafficking;
  • Interest in serving the community, law practice, and in human rights;
  • Studies on or related to Political Science, International Studies, Public Policy, Pre-law, Humanities, Education, Spanish, etc.

 

Additional Comments:

By interning with the RAICES Post Release team 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.

Apply for this opening at http://RAICES.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0j6no?apply=true