Domestic Bilingual Placements
The following are immigration-related placements that you can take either as a volunteer or for credit, as indicated. Most of the placements work on immigration matters, although some includes other issues that affect immigrants, including family law, housing and labor and employment matters.
Some of the placements may require or prefer that you are bilingual in English and Spanish. Others require that you have taken Immigration Law and/or the Immigration Clinic.
To enroll in a bilingual placement, you must be proficient in Spanish. You are required to meet with Professor Raquel Aldana for a language assessment prior to applying to one of these placements.
To enroll in a placement for credit, you must also register with the Field Placement office.
General Consulate of Guatemala, Los Angeles, California
Available as a volunteer opportunity or for credit. Requires Spanish proficiency and that you have taken or co-enroll in Immigration Law.
The General Consulate of Guatemala is the Guatemalan government agency charged with servicing the needs of Guatemalan nationals residing in the United States. Their services include providing Guatemalan nationals with Guatemalan identity, including a Consular card and a Guatemalan passport. The Consulate also assists Guatemalans in the United States with obtaining civil registry documents from Guatemala, including birth, marriage, and birth certificates, and with authenticating foreign legal documents (e.g., from the United States) for use in legal or formal proceedings in Guatemala. In addition, the Consulate works with U.S. immigration attorneys to provide immigration legal services to indigent Guatemalans, including visiting Guatemalan nationals who are being held in detention. As well, the Consulate provides consular representation to Guatemalan nationals jailed or accused of crimes in the United States.
Students working in the office would conduct in-take of a large number of Guatemalan nationals who visit the consulate daily and would work with attorneys to resolve a variety of legal matters pertaining to immigration, crime, family law, housing, and/or consumer rights.
Global Workers Justice Alliance
Available for credit. Spanish proficiency preferred.
The mission of the Global Workers Justice Alliance is to combat worker exploitation by promoting portable justice for transnational migrants through a cross-border network of worker advocates and resources. Global Workers coined the term portable justice to describe the right and ability of transnational migrant workers to access justice in the countries of employment even after they have departed for their home countries.
Global Workers offers summer and in-semester internships, for law students. From our New York City office, interns will research issues related to portable justice for transnational migrants and assist in developing and managing a transnational advocate alliance.
Marysville & Stockton
Available for credit. Spanish proficiency preferred.
CRLA, a not-for-profit agency, dedicated to the promotion of economic justice and human rights for the rural poor, has offices throughout California. The Stockton office serves the greater San Joaquin Valley, including Sacramento. The office has two principal programs, one that represents agricultural workers and one that provides legal services to indigent non-agricultural workers in rural communities. The work of the offices includes wage and hour, employment cases, housing, civil rights, and some limited immigration work (subject to LSC restrictions). In addition to direct legal representation, the office runs a monthly employment clinic and engages in broader advocacy and policy matters.
Centro Legal de la Raza
Available for credit. Requires Spanish Proficiency and that you have taken or co-enroll in Immigration Law.
Centro Legal de la Raza is a comprehensive legal services agency protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant, low-income and Latino communities through bilingual legal representation, education, community organizing and advocacy. Centro Legal combines legal services with know-your-rights education to increase access to justice for thousands of individuals and families each year throughout the East Bay region of Northern California.
Services are provided through regular clinics and with the support of four staff attorneys, more than 25 pro bono attorneys and numerous volunteer law students and college students. Centro Legal is also involved in important impact litigation and policy work that will benefit the communities that Centro Legal serves.
Asian Resources Inc.
Available only as a volunteer opportunity. Requires that you have taken or co-enroll in Immigration Law.
Established in 1980, Asian Resources Inc. (ARI), is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to empowering disenfranchised communities by assisting them in becoming proactive citizens and achieving self-sufficiency. ARI is committed to providing a wide spectrum to social services to the low-income and limited English speaking youth, immigrant and refugee communities in Sacramento, as well as re-entry clients.
General Consulate of Mexico
Available only for credit in the Fall 2012. Requires Spanish proficiency and that you have taken or co-enroll in Immigration Law.
The General Consulate of Mexico is the Mexican government agency charged with servicing the needs of Mexican nationals residing in the United States. Their services include providing Mexican nationals with Mexican identity, including a Consular card and a Mexican passport. The Consulate also assists Mexicans in the United States with obtaining civil registry documents from Mexico, including birth, marriage, and birth certificates, and with authenticating foreign legal documents (e.g., from the United States) for use in legal or formal proceedings in Mexico. In addition, the Consulate works with U.S. immigration attorneys to provide immigration legal services to indigent Mexicans, including visiting Mexican nationals who are being held in detention. As well, the Consulate provides consular representation to Mexican nationals jailed or accused of crimes in the United States.
Students working in the office would conduct in-take of a large number of Mexican nationals who visit the consulate daily and would work with attorneys to resolve a variety of legal matters pertaining to immigration, crime, family law, housing, and/or
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
Available for credit. Requires Spanish proficiency.
CRLAF is a nonprofit legal services and advocacy organization founded in 1981 to improve rights and opportunities for California's immigrants, their families and communities. For more than 27 years, CRLAF has worked with California's rural poor, especially farm workers, migrant workers and community organizations to protect workers' rights and health, improve children's access to quality schooling and higher education, raise the voices of disenfranchised Californians in low-income and marginalized communities, and provide essential legal services. CRLAF helps secure a just and equitable regulatory environment in education, worker safety, and housing; conduct community outreach and education; and train and mobilize with community advocates. As laws change, CRLAF monitors the impact of these changes on farm workers, immigrants, and other rural poor populations and either develops projects or directs additional resources to meeting the new or increased needs of immigrant communities. Because of CRLAF's expertise on immigrants' rights, it serves as a statewide support and technical assistance center.
International Rescue Committee
Available for credit.
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
My Sister's House
Available in the Fall-Spring 2013-2014 for a full academic year; Details to be worked out.
My Sister's House is the first and only non-profit organization to specifically identify and address the unique needs of women and children impacted by domestic violence in the Central Valley's highly diverse Asian and Pacific Islander community. They offer a shelter, culturally and linguistically appropriate intervention services, including legal services, community outreach on human trafficking, and a 24-hour multilingual crisis line.
Opening Doors, Inc.
Available for credit. Spanish proficiency required and that you have taken or are co-enrolled in Immigration Law
Opening Doors, Inc. is dedicated to work with refugees, immigrants and underserved people to develop their social and economic skills, wellness, and personal and financial assets to successfully assimilate into society while respecting their cultural identity and individual goals. Students working with Opening doors would assist in cases involving victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other crimes, including with immigration filings and proceedings.
Legal Services of Northern California
Students must have taken or be co-enrolled in Immigration Law.
LSNC has a multi-dimensional service delivery system which employs the efficiencies of telephone hotlines, self-help advocacy through counseling, clinics, pro se materials, and community legal education, in addition to direct representation both in court and at administrative hearings.
Students work under attorney supervision with low-income individuals in the areas of employment law, welfare benefits, landlord/tenant and land use law. Depending on the area they choose, students interview clients, do relevant legal research, counsel clients, prepare pleadings and court documents, and represent clients in administrative hearings.
Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
SHCC promotes businesses owned by Latino businessmen and businesses that want to do business with the Latino community. This is a volunteer placement for students interested in gaining valuable contacts in both business and state and local government. Because the Chamber works primarily in English, proficiency in Spanish is not required in order to participate in this externship.
Areas in which students will gain experience include outreach to public officials, analysis of proposed legislation, legislative lobbying, regional advocacy, and research on current issues. Interested students may contact Mr. Steve Gandola, SHCC President, directly.
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach Organization
Available for credit.
Asian Pacific Islander Leal Outreach is a community-based, social justice organization founded in 1975 to serve the Asian and Pacific Islander communities of the Greater Bay area. With a staff of 20 in offices in San Francisco and Oakland, API provides legal, social and educational services in more than a dozen languages and dialects including Cantonese, Chiu-Chow, Hindi, Ilocono, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Urdu, and Vietnamese. API's mission is promote culturally and linguistically appropriate services for the most marginalized segments of the API community. The API works in the areas of domestic violence, violence against women, immigration, public benefits, and social justice issues.
General Consulate of Guatemala
Available as a volunteer opportunity only. Requires Spanish Proficiency.
The General Consulate of Guatemala services Guatemalan nationals residing in the United States. Their services include providing Guatemalan nationals with a Guatemalan passport and assists Guatemalans in the United States with obtaining civil registry documents from Guatemala. In addition, the Consulate works with U.S. immigration attorneys to provide immigration legal services to indigent Guatemalans. As well, the Consulate provides consular representation to Guatemalan nationals jailed or accused of crimes in the United States.
Students working in the office will conduct in-take of Guatemalan nationals who visit the consulate and will work to resolve legal matters pertaining to immigration and crime.
Center for Justice and Accountability
The CJA is an international human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world, including in Latin America, and advancing the rights of survivors to seek truth, justice, and redress. CJA uses litigation, usually under universal jurisdiction principles in the US or in other countries, including Spain, to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law, and advance the rule of law in countries transitioning from periods of abuse. Applications to the CJA must be made early: in December for the Summer, in May for the Fall and in October for the Spring.
Exploring opportunities for credit. Volunteer legal interns opportunities available during the Fall and Spring. Summer opportunities must be done through DOJ's Summer Law Intern Program.
The San Francisco Immigration Court hires volunteer legal interns each academic semester. All law students who are United States citizens are eligible to apply. Prior knowledge of immigration law is preferred; however, strong research and writing skills are required. Typical assignments includes drafting decisions on applications for asylum, researching and writing memoranda on whether a particular criminal offense renders a person subject to removal, and drafting decisions on motions to reopen in which a final order has been issued. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 14 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks over one academic semester. For Fall, the court reviews applications in mid-march of the preceding semester; for spring internships, applications are reviewed in mid-October. Students must typically submit a resume, transcript (official or unofficial), a writing sample (7-10 pages) and three references, with a cover letter indicating your interest.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Exploring opportunities for credit. Legal Internship opportunities available by applying online. Bilingualism in any language and knowledge of immigration law preferred.
Founded in 1979 as a national center for education and advocacy, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) seeks to improve immigration law and policy and make affordable legal services available to all immigrants. The ILRC educates and assists attorneys, paralegals, and other community-based advocates who counsel immigrants of all backgrounds in every region of the country; informs the media, elected officials, and the public about immigration issues in order to make policy and law more effective and just; and works directly with grassroots immigrant leaders and organizations to promote civic engagement as another means of creating social change. The ILC does not provide direct legal services to immigrants. A 10-week commitment is preferable and fluency is other languages is a plus. Law students are accepted for the spring and fall semesters and the summer. Summer applications are considered from January through march. Applications for other times are considered on an ongoing basis. Students must commit to a minimum of 12 hours a week for the entire semester. Students must submit a cover letter, resume and preferably a writing sample.
California Rural Legal Assistance Inc.
CRLA, a not-for-profit agency, dedicated to the promotion of economic justice and human rights for the rural poor, has offices throughout California. The Stockton office serves the greater San Joaquin Valley, including Sacramento.
The office has two principal programs, one that represents agricultural workers and one that provides legal services to indigent non-agricultural workers in rural communities. In addition to direct legal representation, the office runs a monthly employment clinic and engages in broader advocacy and policy matters.
Washington, D.C., and other field offices — Baltimore, Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark and New York
Kids in Need of Defense
Available for credit. Spanish proficiency preferred; requires that you have taken or are co-enrolled in Immigration.
KIND was founded by the Microsoft Corporation and actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie to create a pro bono movement of law firms, corporate law departments, NGOs and volunteers committed to providing fair, competent and compassionate legal counsel to unaccompanied immigrant children in the U.S. We're calling this new coalition KIND -- but it's about more than compassion, it's about protecting the rights of children. KIND has an ambitious but achievable agenda. By 2010, KIND intends to provide legal representation for 100% of unaccompanied children in the areas of the country where the need is greatest. KIND has also trained hundreds of lawyers to help prepare them to take unaccompanied children's cases. These volunteer lawyers are part of the network KIND is creating to ensure that all unaccompanied children have free representation in immigration proceedings. KIND has field offices in Baltimore, Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New York City, and Washington, DC. KIND also advocates for changes in policies to better protect the rights of unaccompanied children.
KIND is looking for committed law students with knowledge and experience in immigration law, particularly on matters affecting children. Students must have taken or be co-enrolled in Immigration Law.
Note: Applications for summer internships should be submitted no later than January of the year for which the internship is sought, while applications for fall internships should be submitted no later than the previous July. KIND participates in the Public Interest Career Day held every February at UC Hastings College of Law.
Contact Pauline Rodriguez, Summer Abroad Programs, Graduate & International Programs
McGeorge School of Law
3200 Fifth Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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