Human Rights Internships and Jobs
The Human Rights Institute works with Georgetown Law's Office of Public Interest and Community Service (OPICS), Office of Career Services (OCS) and Office of Graduate Programs to help support students pursuing careers in human rights. All relevant job and internship postings are advertised on Symplicity and many are profiled on Hoya Headlines. The Institute also publicizes select opportunities here, such as Georgetown Law Fellowship opportunities. HRI also facilitates externships with a small number of human rights organizations in Washington.
Georgetown University Law Center Fellowships
2014 DETAINED IMMIGRANT LAW FELLOWSHIP (Los Angeles)
Open To Georgetown Law '14 GRADUATES
Fellowship description: The Detained Immigrant Law Fellowship, sponsored by Georgetown Law and Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, is a two-year, post-graduate position in Catholic Charities' Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project ("Esperanza"). Esperanza works primarily with people, both adults and children, in federal immigration custody awaiting their removal proceedings. The Fellow will teach immigration law to people in detention, provide direct representation in Immigration and State Court to both adults and children in detention, and help Esperanza place detainees' cases with pro bono attorneys. The Fellowship is based in Los Angeles, CA.
Information about Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project is available at www.esperanza-la.org.
Terms and salary: This two-year Fellowship will begin in September 2014 and continue through August 2016. The Fellow will be paid an entry-level Catholic Charities staff attorney salary, approximately $46,000 per year, and receive full benefits, including health care and vacation. The Fellow is also eligible for Georgetown's Loan Repayment Assistance Program.
Selection criteria: Candidates from the GULC JD class of '14 are eligible to apply. Candidates should be independent, capable of managing many simultaneous complex projects, and have a commitment to social justice, particularly immigrants' rights. Experience in immigration law is preferred; proficiency in Spanish is required. In addition, during the period of the Fellowship, the Fellow must supply his or her own car, and maintain a current driver's license, registration, and car insurance.
♦ Submit a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references.
♦ Please address what attracts you to the mission of the Fellowship.
♦ Email applications to Caitlin Sanderson: firstname.lastname@example.org Program Director, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc.
♦ Please 'cc' email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
♦ In the Subject line of the e-mail, please put "Catholic Charities LA Fellowship Application".
Applications will be accepted through November 14, 2013
Catholic Charities staff will evaluate applications and select candidates for interviews. Interviews will be conducted in late November and a final decision will be made shortly thereafter.
Please inquire in OPICS if you have additional questions about the Fellowship.
Human Rights Institute-Facilitated Externships
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is looking for legal externs for our DC office to assist us in providing pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children within the immigration system. The positions will be unpaid, but we are happy to assist you with externship credit, work study, or securing funding from external sources. For more information about KIND, please visit www.supportkind.org.
Interested applicants must be:
·Currently enrolled in a JD or LLM program
·Fluent (or nearly fluent) in Spanish
·Able to work at least 15 hours per week, and ideally 20 hours per week
·Interested in working with immigrants (preferably child immigrants)
·Able to use their own laptop during the internship
Legal externs will assist us in the following:
·Interviewing – conducting intake interviews and phone calls with clients and adult sponsors; doing follow-up as needed; and drafting case referral memos.
·Information-Gathering – contacting sponsors, social workers, government agencies, relatives or other agencies from the child's home country to prepare case files; performing legal and country conditions research.
·Research and Writing – performing legal and other research; drafting memos; assisting with motions, affidavits, briefs, and memoranda of law
·Interpreting –assisting at interviews with clients, as well as interpreting telephone calls and translating documents.
·Administrative Tasks – maintaining case management system, reporting on date and statistics, and other tasks as needed.
How to Apply
2)Application Form (see below)
Please submit all applications as soon as possible. KIND will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. Early applications preferred. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Christie Turner-Herbas at email@example.com.***
NOTE: THE CAIR COALITION WILL HOLD A TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS ON CAMPUS ON NOVEMBER 15 FROM 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM IN ROOM MCDONOUGH 110. PLEASE RSVP TO Jane.Hayashi@CAIRCoalition.org IF YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING.
Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition seeks spring semester interns. CAIR Coalition is the only non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area with a legal services program focused exclusively on assisting immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in local jails in Virginia and Maryland, and unaccompanied immigrant children being held in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in Virginia. Detained immigrants served by CAIR Coalition include: long term residents of the United States; asylum seekers, many of whom are survivors of torture; women who are pregnant or have just given birth; and individuals who are seriously physically or mentally ill. The children we serve include those fleeing drug and gang violence as well as those who have been the victims of domestic abuse in their home countries.
CAIR Coalition provides services to detained adult and youth immigrants including: group legal orientation and "know your rights" presentations; consultations with a CAIR Coalition staff member or trained volunteer to discuss the specifics of an individual's case; assistance in securing legal representation for deportation defense and/or applications for temporary or permanent status in the United States; and assistance with post-release planning needs such as housing and referral to social services.
THE ROLE OF INTERNS:
CAIR Coalition is seeking law student applicants to be part of our internship program during the Fall and Spring semesters to work under the direct supervision of staff attorneys and our Legal Director on a variety of issues such as:
Jail Visits and Follow up: Legal interns will accompany CAIR Coalition's legal staff on visits to adult and youth detention facilities throughout their internship and conduct individual intake with detained immigrants throughout Virginia and Maryland. Detained adult immigrants include asylum seekers, long term residents, and other individuals who have committed immigration violations. Detained youth include children fleeing gang violence, child abuse and trafficking, as well as many youths who have been in the U.S. since they were children. Legal interns will further assist with case follow up, including contacting family members, obtaining criminal and medical records, seeking and providing appropriate referrals, and conducting legal research to assist staff in determining eligibility for relief and possible pro bono placement.
Pro se Assistance: Legal interns will assist CAIR Coalition's legal staff to provide pro se assistance to individuals whose cases CAIR is unable to place with a pro bono attorney. Pro se assistance means CAIR Coalition is not the attorney of record and rather is providing instruction and information on guidelines, court procedure, and case law to assist a detainee represent himself/herself in immigration court.
Representation of Detained Immigrants: Depending on the availability of cases and scheduling, legal interns may be assigned to work with CAIR Coalition's legal team to provide both direct representation to detainees and/or assistance to pro bono attorneys who agree to represent detainees. During our jail visits, we encounter individuals in need of representation in their immigration cases. CAIR Coalition assists adult detainees in removal proceedings to apply for protection-based relief (asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture), Cancellation of Removal for Lawful and for non-Lawful Permanent Residents, U and T visas, Adjustment of Status, Refugee Waivers and claims to United States citizenship. CAIR Coalition assists youth detainees with preparing applications for humanitarian based protection such as asylum, U/T visas, or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Legal interns may also be asked to attend Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Interviews with individuals seeking preliminary adjudications of an expressed fear of return.
·Applicants must have a strong academic background and commitment to public interest law.
·Spanish fluency strongly preferred (required for work with the children's program).
·Experience working in the area of immigration law and/or immigrants' rights is a plus.
·Ability to relate to and work with low-income clients with histories of trauma and/or previous interactions with the criminal justice system is a plus.
·Ability to commit at least two full days to CAIR Coalition. Days that include jail visits are usually 10-12 hour days, leaving early in the morning from the CAIR Coalition office and returning the evening of the same day.
Please submit the following to Heidi Altman, CAIR Coalition Legal Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org:
·A cover letter describing your interest in an internship with CAIR Coalition (please state if you possess a particular interest in the adult or children's program);
·A resume; and
·A writing sample.
Application materials may only be sent by email.
Applications for spring internships must be submitted by November 6, 2013.
Below is a list of non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations that are active in the human rights field. Though this list is necessarily incomplete, it is provided as a resource for those thinking about summer or post-graduate employment in this area. A list of job search sites is also included at the bottom of the page.
Human Rights Institutes and Non-Governmental Organizations
Organizations with a United States base (many also have offices abroad):
- American Bar Association
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Amnesty International USA
- Carter Center
- Center for Constitutional Rights
- Center for Economic and Social Rights
- Center for Justice and Accountability
- CEJIL (Center for Justice and International Law)
- Center for Victims of Torture
- Coalition for the International Criminal Court
- Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
- Committee to Protect Journalists
- Disability Rights International
- Doctors Without Borders
- EarthRights International
- François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights
- Freedom House
- Global Fund for Women
- Global Lawyers and Physicians
- Global Rights
- Human Rights First
- Human Rights Watch
- Indian Law Resource Center
- International Center for Transitional Justice
- International Crisis Group
- International Labor Rights Fund
- Jesuit Refugee Service
- Open Society Institute
- Physicians for Human Rights
- Refugees International
- Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
- Save the Children
- The Advocates for Human Rights
- United Nations Foundation
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Organizations based outside the United States:
- Section 27 (AIDS Law Project) (South Africa)
- Al Haq (West Bank)
- Amnesty International: International Secretariat (UK)
- Anti-Slavery International (UK)
- Article 19 (UK)
- Centre for Equal Rights in Accommodation (Canada)
- Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (South Africa)
- Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (Switzerland)
- Danish Institute for Human Rights (Denmark)
- Equitas (Canada)
- Global March Against Child Labour (India)
- International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (France)
- International Commission of Jurists (Switzerland)
- International Committee of the Red Cross (Switzerland)
- International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (Austria)
- International Service for Human Rights (Switzerland)
- Interights (UK)
- Minority Rights Group International (UK)
- Redress (UK)
- World Organisation Against Torture (Switzerland)
International Human Rights Bodies
Courts and Tribunals
- International Criminal Court
- International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
- International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
- Special Court for Sierra Leone
- International Court of Justice
Other International Bodies
- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
- United Nations Development Program
- United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- United Nations Development Fund for Women
- United Nations Children's Fund
- International Organization for Migration
Regional Human Rights Bodies
- Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
- Inter-American Court of Human Rights
- Organization of American States
Job Search Sites
- Public Service Law Network: public interest job listings (login required)
- Idealist: non-profit job listings, many of which are non-legal
- Foreign Policy Association: legal, development, humanitarian, and policy job listings
- American Society of International Law: extensive list of organizations that provide international law internships, fellowships, and jobs
- Relief Web: humanitarian jobs, many of which are non-legal
- Association for Women's Rights in Development: women's rights and development jobs, many of which are non-legal
- Human Rights Jobs: email email@example.com for password
- Human Rights Tools: see also the links on the right and left sides of the screen
- Lawyers Without Borders: click on "jobs" for legal job listings
- Pine Tree Legal Assistance: legal aid jobs worldwide
- Human Rights Internet: human rights jobs
- One World: public interest jobs, many of which are non-legal
- Human Rights Resource Center: human rights jobs
- United Nations: UN jobs; click on "human rights" or "legal affairs"
- United Nations System of Organizations: job listings with UN agencies
- United Nations Development Program: UNDP jobs
- Eldis: development jobs, many of which are non-legal
- National Immigration Project: immigration jobs, listed by the National Lawyers Guild
- Intjobs.org: job vacancies at international organizations
- Non-profit career network: non-profit jobs, many of which are non-legal