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Legal Services Intern, Detention Project

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AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) New York, NY & Newark, NJ


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February 3, 2020
June 30, 2020
January 30, 2020
$15 per hour
Part time, 10-12 hours/week, Specific Term through May 2020

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems. 

The American Friends Service Committee’s Internship Program is designed to engage students with the world of public service and peace and social justice issues. As an intern you will work alongside AFSC staff helping to implement current programs and achieve AFSC’s mission. You will work within a framework of a work plan and learning objectives with the opportunity to participate in activities such as client engagement and in depth research. You may work directly with clients and perform in depth research. Upon completion of the internship, you will have the opportunity to reflect upon and evaluate your experience.

Summary of Principal Responsibilities:

Our Detention Team provides universal representation to clients detained at the Elizabeth Detention Center and Essex County Jail. Legal interns with the Detention Team will assist staff in bi-monthly legal screenings at the detention centers. The Intern will assist in research and case preparation for detained immigrants and will have the opportunity to observe and participate in immigration court proceedings at the Elizabeth Immigration Court.

 Essential Functions/Specific Responsibilities:

1.    Assist in or conduct legal screenings at the Elizabeth Detention Center and/or the Essex County Correctional Facility to determine eligibility for immigration benefits such as asylum, withholding of removal, protection under the Convention against Torture, cancellation of removal, VAWA, U Visa, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status or other immigration relief.

2.    Research legal issues and country conditions in support of the cases of detained immigrants.

3.    Draft briefs and legal memoranda.

4.    Gather documentation and assist with case preparation. 

5.    Translate documents or assist with interpretation, as necessary.

6. Participate in Detention Team and other AFSC meetings.

7. Meet regularly with a supervisor.

Qualifications:

  1. Current law school student.
  2. Personal experience with immigration systems a plus.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in multicultural contexts.
  4. Good oral and written communication skills. 
  5. Ability to communicate effectively and build mutually respectful relationships with co-workers, clients, and the public.
  6. Ability to work effectively and comfortably with Quaker principles.
  7. Self-motivated, detail oriented, well-organized, able to prioritize assignments and workload. 
  8. Driver’s license and access to a car preferred but not required.
  9. Fluency in a foreign language (Spanish preferred) in addition to English is a plus.


The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many…

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Benefits

Compensation: $15.00 per hour - Non-Exempt – There are no medical, dental, or life insurance benefits, short-term or long-term insurance benefits with this position. AFSC does participate in unemployment, worker’s compensation, and social security.

The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

The Northeast Regional Office of the AFSC is a unionized workplace. This position is not represented under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.

Compensation: $15.00 per hour - Non-Exempt – There are no medical, dental, or life insurance benefits, short-term or long-term insurance benefits with this position. AFSC does…

How to Apply

Please apply on our website: afsc.org/jobcenter. Please include resume, cover letter and references




Please apply on our website: afsc.org/jobcenter. Please include resume, cover letter and references




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Newark, NJ

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