Human Rights First in California is inviting applications from eligible candidates for the position of legal intern in Refugee Representation in remote mode.

About Human Rights First

Human Rights First exists to actualize free and equal societies, leading actions that hold oppressors accountable and free people from injustice. It is the only human rights NGO equipping and activating the skilled to abolish oppression.

About the Opportunity

The Los Angeles Office of Human Rights First seeks motivated legal interns for the Fall 2023 semester to assist in providing pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers in non-detained and detained settings before the Los Angeles Asylum Office and Immigration Courts.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Interns will have the opportunity to engage in client interviewing, conduct intake interviews with potential clients, and draft case summaries.
  • Interns will work with Human Rights First staff on asylum cases, providing support with draft declarations, briefs, legal memorandum, and other legal advocacy efforts.
  • Interns will assist with preparing and filing forms for affirmative immigration relief with Human Rights First clients, including asylum applications, family reunification petitions, employment authorization applications, temporary protected status, and applications for permanent residency.
  • Interns will conduct legal research in developing areas of immigration law and country conditions for analysis and reporting.
  • Interns will have opportunities to attend legal training, advocacy groups, and discussion panels in the greater Los Angeles area and virtually.

Required Qualifications

  • Enrollment in an accredited JD or LLM program.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and creative problem-solving skills with the ability to manage multiple deadlines at once.
  • Legal research and writing skills, particularly in immigration law, administrative law, federal law, and federal regulations.
  • Dedicated interest and passion for immigration advocacy, direct client representation, and protecting the rights of migrants.
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations and survivors of trauma.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff, clients, and community organizations.
  • Motivated to work independently to manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Fluency in a second language, particularly Spanish, French, or Russian, is a plus.

How to Apply?

Interested candidates can apply through the link provided at the end of this post. Cover Letter, Resume, & Writing Sample (no more than 5 pages) should be sent along with the application.

Application Deadline

4th August 2023.


Work From Home.

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