RAICES San Antonio Bond Program Internship

San Antonio, Texas, United States Part-time

RAICES – Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

Spring 2020, Summer 2020 Internship, 10 week commitment (PLEASE SPECIFY SEMESTER ON APPLICATION)

Location: RAICES Kentucky House; 802 Kentucky Ave., San Antonio, TX 78201 with travel to nearby detention centers, ICE offices, and other close by locations.

Schedule: 15-30hrs per week; Flexible, office opens 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday; opportunities for out-of-office hours and weekends available.

Concentration: Legal, Outreach, Advocacy, Case Management, Immigration Detention, Post Release

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 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:

As an anti-detention bond fund, the RAICES Bond Program seeks to build power and knowledge within the people the Fund is freeing from immigrant detention. By building closer connections with participants in the program (bondees), the Program gives people a wider array of resources with which to find success in the immigration courts and US society, more broadly. The Bond Program intern will work with Bond Program staff to support RAICES bondees pre- and post-release.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Pre-release intake and Know-Your-Rights with RAICES bondees in local detention centers (mainly South Texas Detention Complex in Pearsall, TX);
  • Post-release case support, in-person and telephonic;
  • Thorough notetaking and documentation of case patterns;
  • Participate in weekly meetings with Bond Program staff;
  • Limited data entry and analysis.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual Spanish/English required;
  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality;
  • Must be able to meet deadlines;
  • May require driving no more than 90 minutes to detention centers in south Texas;
  • May require paying bonds at the San Antonio bond office;
  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or law program;

 

Additional Comments:

By interning with the RAICES Bond Program 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.