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Summer 2020 Legal Intern Direct Representation

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Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project


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Published 28 days ago

May 26, 2020
July 31, 2020
March 31, 2020
$5,000
Full Time

Detention in Arizona is growing, family separation continues, and recent changes to case law and policies have made bond and asylum incredibly challenging. The Florence Project is on the frontlines of immigration, fighting back against constant attacks on immigrants’ rights. We are looking for a talented and creative people to join our growing team to provide top notch mentorship, program development, and legal representation. Come join our team and be part of the change, fighting for immigrants’ rights in these challenging times.

THE ORGANIZATION

The Florence Project was founded in 1989 to respond to a representation crisis for indigent non-citizens detained at a rural Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Florence, Arizona. Through our programs today, we provide services to approximately 7,500 men, women, and children detained in Eloy, Florence, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona on any given day. 

The Florence Project is nationally known for its legal and social services that ensure that detained people are empowered and have access to justice. The Florence Project provides high quality legal services and supports initiatives for national changes in immigration law and policy. 

LEGAL INTERNSHIP

The Florence Project is seeking law students to intern for our Phoenix or Tucson offices to work with detained adult men and women in Florence and Eloy Arizona providing direct representation before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Court) and the Board of Immigration Appeals. This internship is intended for non-credit seeking students. The interns will receive a $5,000 stipend to be paid in biweekly installments. 

Interns will work directly with detained adults who are eligible for relief from deportation and/or bond. The Florence Project handles a variety of cases including cutting edge asylum claims and a wide variety of forms of relief from deportation, including relief long-time lawful permanent residents and undocumented immigrants who have been living in the U.S. for 10 years, and bond hearings. Depending on the intern’s interests and background, they can also have the opportunity to work with individuals with serious mental health conditions who have been found incompetent to represent themselves by an Immigration Judge. 

Interns have the opportunity to assist in all aspects of litigation, including direct client work, preparing applications, drafting client declarations, researching novel issues, legal writing, appellate advocacy, program development, advocating for clients’ release from detention, and appellate research and writing. Depending on the intern’s experience, the intern may also have the opportunity to represent individuals in hearings before an Immigration Judge under the supervision of a Florence Project attorney. We encourage applicants to review our programs and visit our website at www.firrp.org.

REQUIREMENTS

We are seeking law students who have a demonstrated commitment to immigration issues and public interest law and who enjoy working in a challenging and fast-paced area of the law.

  • The position requires an ability and/or commitment to work with people who have suffered trauma; some training will be provided by our Integrated Social Services program.
  • Fluency or advanced proficiency in Spanish is required.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and be able to take on significant responsibility.
  • Prior advocacy or academic experience in immigration law, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and experience working with people from different cultures are strongly valued.
  • Must have reliable transportation to get to detention facilities and courts.

 First year students are welcome to apply!

Detention in Arizona is growing, family separation continues, and recent changes to case law and policies have made bond and asylum incredibly challenging. The Florence Project is on the frontlines of immigration, fighting back against…

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Location

Tucson, AZ

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