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Volunteer with Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition (CAIR)

The Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (CAIR Coalition) provides advocacy, education, representation and outreach to the immigrant community of the Washington metropolitan area.

CAIR Coalition is seeking law student pro bono volunteers for the following projects:

  1. Staff a Detention Hotline (Any language abilities are welcomed but not necessary): Volunteers will staff the Detention Hotline. Detainees wishing to contact the CAIR Coalition may call the detention hotline for free Monday-Friday from 9:00 am–5:00 pm. Volunteers will staff this hotline on a 2-hour slot basis. The volunteers will be in charge of answering phones and helping detainees connect with their attorney free of charge using our conference system, conduct phone intakes, or provide information about our upcoming jail visits, procedures, and follow up messages.
  2. Conduct Jail Visits: Volunteers, under the supervision of attorneys from CAIR Coalition in Washington, D.C., will visit the federal immigration detention facilities in Virginia (Hampton Roads, Farmville, Rappahannock) and meet with a few hundred immigrant detainees and assist with conducting Legal Orientation “Know Your Rights” Presentations and individual intakes. As volunteers of the program, students will be able to speak to individual detainees and assist the organization with conducting legal intakes. This one-day only volunteer opportunity provides students the opportunity to observe the conditions and understand the reality and limited options for incarcerated immigrants. The visits are not scheduled yet but will be communicated to volunteers after the volunteers have been trained.
  3. Perform Credible Fear Interviews (Any language abilities are welcomed but not necessary): Law student volunteers, trained by CAIR Coalition, will attend Credible Fear Interviews conducted by the Asylum Office at the USCIS Fairfax office near the Dunn Loring Metro Station. Credible fear interviews are conducted for recently arriving people detained in ICE custody who express fear of persecution or torture. Students will appear for the detainee as a volunteer representative during the interview process. Students will be required to observe and take notes as the Asylum Officer interviews the detainee. This volunteer opportunity usually lasts about half a day in the morning. The visits are not scheduled yet but will be communicated to volunteers after the volunteers have been trained.

How do I sign up? If you are interested in volunteering, please attend one of the following CAIR Coalition trainings at Georgetown Law:

  • Friday, January 17th from12-1pm in McDonough 437
  • Friday, February 7th from 12-1pm in McDonough 347

For additional information, please contact Jane Hayashi at: jane.hayashi@caircoalition.org.

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