Coalition for Immigrant Freedom seeks law students committed to immigrant rights to join our Legal Department for the 2020 Summer Internship Program.
Coalition for Immigrant Freedom (also known as Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights) is a non-profit social justice organization that defends and protects the rights of immigrants through free direct services, education programs, community organizing, and engaging in local, city, and state-wide immigrant rights advocacy.
Reflective of northern Manhattan’s demographics, most of Coalition for Immigrant Freedom’s clients are low-income immigrants primarily from Latin America and the Carribean and increasingly from all over the world. Some have lived in the U.S. for decades, while others have just arrived. As a trusted resource for over 40 years in the immigrant community of northern Manhattan, Coalition for Immigrant Freedom is often immigrants’ first point of access to legal and social services.
Coalition for Immigrant Freedom’s Legal Department provides a wide range of free immigration related legal services that include: consultations, naturalization petitions, family-based petitions, residency petitions, visas for victims of crimes (U-Visas), visas for victims of trafficking (T-Visas), Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), VAWA, deportation defense, and DACA renewals.
- Coalition for Immigrant Freedom’s Legal Internship Summer Program provides a unique opportunity for law school students to gain professional legal experience in a diverse learning environment by providing direct services in various areas of immigration law and play an integral role in holistic immigrant rights advocacy.
- Interns will have the opportunity to prepare cases before the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS), petitions before the Asylum Office, and deportation defense in Immigration Court.
- Gain experience in intersectional legal analysis by assisting with immigration cases that involve aspects of family law, criminal law, and workers’ rights.
- Opportunities to participate in legal advocacy efforts surrounding immigration policy changes, immigration enforcement, and community outreach.
Internship and COVID-19:
Although Coalition for Immigrant Freedom’s physical offices are closed in accordance with safety precautions due to the COVID-19 epidemic and quarantine, Coalition for Immigrant Freedom is continuing to function on a remote-basis and the legal internship will be conducted remotely until Coalition for Immigrant Freedom is able to open our offices again.
Legal interns will assist attorneys in all aspects of client representation. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Screening clients for eligibility of legal services and assisting with the intake process;
- Assisting attorneys with drafting supporting documentation, letters, motions, and legal briefs;
- Preparing evidence and filings for immigration court hearings;
- Interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting their declarations, and preparing them for hearings;
- Conducting legal research related to various aspects of immigration law, including the intersection with other areas of the law such as family and criminal law;
- Opportunities to participate in community engagement programs to connect immigrants to legal services and “Know-Your-Rights” information.
- Legal interns must have their own funding secured for the duration of the internship, academic credit can be arranged;
- Must be a rising 2L or 3L in law school;
- Spanish language proficiency is preferred;
- Must have access to the internet for remote work;
- Demonstrated dedication to immigrant rights and public interest law;
- Strong research and written communication skills;
- Commitment to work 35 hours a week for 10 weeks during the summer;
- Summer internships will begin on Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, July 30, 2021. Adjustment of dates can be discussed.