Humanitarian Parole Project Intern

San Antonio, Texas | Legal | Part-time | COVID-19 remote

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RAICES – Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

Summer 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: Legal, Immigration

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. As one of the front-line organizations working in immigration, RAICES serves unaccompanied minors, detained families, survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence, refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants from all countries. In addition to employing over 50 attorneys, RAICES advocates at the state and national level for policy change is an ORR Resettlement Agency and provides social support to immigrant communities through direct services including shelter and linking families with a network of advocates around the country. RAICES is strategically located in communities close to detention centers and immigration courts to provide crucial representation and advocacy through relationships with our surrounding communities.

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: 

The Family Detention Services team offers legal services to families detained at the Karnes family immigration prison in Texas. The Humanitarian Parole project will provide an opportunity to seek lawful entrance to the U.S. for formerly detained clients.  Humanitarian Parole is a process that allows individuals outside the U.S. to apply to USCIS for temporary entrance, typically for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit and only under exceptional circumstances, and where someone has no viable alternatives for entry. The project is focused on seeking parole for formerly detained clients who experienced particularly egregious circumstances during their detention and/or removal or expulsion from the United States, typically under expedited removal, Title 42, or MPP proceedings. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct phone intake with clients and sponsors and collect documents;
  • Draft parole applications, including USCIS paperwork;
  • Draft supporting briefs;
  • Conduct legal research and country conditions research;
  • Attending meetings as scheduled;
  • Be responsive to communications with supervisors.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be a currently enrolled Undergrad or Law student;
  • Experience working with marginalized populations;
  • Immigration experience preferred;
  • Interest in immigration and humanitarian law ;
  • Bilingual in English and either Spanish or Haitian Creole strongly preferred;
  • Attention to detail. Strong communication skills. Ability to work independently;
  • Trauma-informed approach to client communication;
  • Alignment with RAICES mission and values.

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. 

Intern Scholarship Application

Deadline: April 30th, 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

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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.