Policy Intern

Remote | Advocacy | Part-time | COVID-19 remote

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RAICES – Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

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 phone or Google Hangouts. 

 Location:  Due to Covid19 this position will be remote

Schedule: 15-30hrs per week

Concentration: Policy

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 oftentimes, 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: 

RAICES' Policy team works to develop and execute impactful and comprehensive government relations and strategy at the federal and state levels. The Policy team seeks to raise client and constituent stories and experiences to lawmakers to influence legislative, executive, and administration actions and seek systemic change for impacted populations.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct research to support potential legislation at the state and federal levels;
  • Collect and analyze data;
  • Assist with drafting reports and submissions;
  • Monitor and analyze proposed legislation to determine its impact;
  • Contribute to strategy intended to raise client stories and seek support from elected officials;
  • Draft FOIA requests and other requests for information;
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be a currently enrolled college student;
  • Demonstrated interest in immigrant rights and in working with non-profit organizations a plus;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Experience with managing data and statistics a plus.

Additional Comments:

By interning with RAICES' Advocacy Department 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.