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Summer 2020 Children’s Program Legal Intern

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Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project


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Published 25 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 with our Children’s Program in our offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. You can select your location preference at the end of this posting. The interns will receive a $5,000 stipend to be paid in biweekly installments.

The Florence Project is known for its delivery of unique legal services. Interns will work directly with detained unaccompanied children in deportation (removal) proceedings assisting in providing direct representation before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (immigration court), the Board of Immigration Appeals, local juvenile court, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This internship is intended for non-credit seeking students.

Interns will work directly with released and detained unaccompanied children who are eligible for relief from deportation. The Florence Project handles a variety of cases including asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Classification, and T visa for victims of human trafficking, among others. The position requires extensive contact with many types of people including tender-aged children, teenagers, young adults, indigenous youth, and youth who have suffered abuse, abandonment, neglect, and other emotional and physical trauma. Crisis and trauma training will be provided by the Integrated Social Services program. The position requires significant time in state court and in immigration court.

Interns have the opportunity to assist in all aspects of legal advocacy including “Know Your Rights” presentations at shelters, individual intakes, pre-court counseling sessions, direct client work, preparing applications, drafting client declarations, researching novel issues, legal writing, program development, and appellate research and writing. Depending on court timing, law student interns may also could represent individuals in hearings before an Immigration Judge under the supervision of an 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.

  • We value previous experience working with children, especially with children who have suffered trauma.
  • 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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Benefits

This is an immediate opening for several Summer 2020 legal interns for our Children’s Program in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The internship will start on May 26, 2020 and end on July 31, 2020. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early. To apply click here or go to: https://firrp.org/getinvolved/jobs/, and upload a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, writing sample, and resume with three professional references. Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted for a phone or in person interview. The Florence Project values diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented communities.

This is an immediate opening for several Summer 2020 legal interns for our Children’s Program in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The internship will start on May 26, 2020 and end on July…

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