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Refugee Representation Legal Internship â€“ Summer 2018 Duties: Conduct screenings and intake interviews with potential asylum clients; Write and edit detailed factual and legal reports with extensive country conditions documentation and legal analysis; Conduct issue-spotting to evaluate whether each individual meets the legal definition of a refugee (training is provided for those with no experience on asylum or refugee issues); Travel to area immigration detention centers to assist with intake interviews of potential asylum clients, as needed; Assist Human Rights First attorneys in drafting affidavits, briefs, and other legal documents for asylum seekers; Complete immigration forms for Human Rights Firstâ€™s direct representation clients, including family reunification petitions and green card applications when needed; Assist staff with legal research, preparation for trainings, meetings, and special projects, particularly those of interest to the intern; Participate in various NGO and government liaison meetings with the Department of Homeland Security; Help with the process of identifying, analyzing, and responding to legal or procedural changes that affect asylum seekers, including statutory changes, proposed regulations, and decisions from federal courts or the Board of Immigration Appeals; Assist staff with written and oral correspondence with existing clients, potential clients, interpreters, and others involved in the process of case screening, acceptance, and placement with law firms; Provide interpretation services if fully fluent in a relevant second language on an occasional basis.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Law students who are currently enrolled in U.S.-based institutions and will be attending classes in the semester of or following their internship. DESIRED: Demonstrated interest in human rights, asylum, and immigration issues (experience in asylum and immigration issues preferred); Excellent writing and editing skills; Excellent communication skills; Excellent research abilities; Fluency in a second language, preferably Arabic, Spanish, French, Mandarin, Haitian Creole, or Russian, preferred; Ability to handle several tasks at once while working independently or as a member of a team.
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