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Immigration Legal Intern/ Extern

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Migration
  • Closing Date:

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SCOPE OF INTERN WORK: With oversight from the Immigration Director, the Immigration Legal Extern will be part of RAI’s Immigration Legal Services HQ unit, which provides guidance and oversight to IRC’s immigration  legal  work  across  the  US  and  supports  programs  serving  asylum  seekers  and  migrants  in Europe as well. The intern/extern will conduct research on international legal norms that protect the rights of asylum seekers, provide analysis of new immigration policies to IRC’s network, assist in developing legal training materials, and perform research to address individual legal assistance requests from IRC’s U.S. field offices, including removal defense cases. 

 

COMMITMENT: Fall semester 2021; part-time work hours TBD 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES: Legal extern projects are based on program needs during the time of the externship.
Past projects include:
•Research and prepare legal memos and materials for dissemination throughout the network on immigration law, policy and practice that impact IRC immigration clients.
Past intern assignments have included:
-Adjustment of Status for clients with Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
-Overcoming terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds
-Outlining the path of a marijuana criminal conviction under new state law trends
-Legal research on relief under the Cuban Adjustment Act
•Research international legal norms and practices in countries where IRC operates in response to policy shifts, changes in practices, or reported rights violations, or to develop program tools or training materials. 
•Perform in-depth legal research on specific immigration law questions as they relate to IRC clients’ needs, including, for example, whether certain state or federal criminal convictions have immigration consequences under theBoard of Immigration Appeals (BIA) case law.
•Assist in development of IRC’s training materials on immigration and/or refugee law issues for program development and standardization across the US network.
•Other duties as assigned.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
1.The  legal  extern  will  gain  professional  experience  providing  technical  legal  assistance  and programmatic support to a network of immigration legal programs in the US, orthe extern will gain an understanding of international human rights norms and how these are applied in practice in a humanitarian setting.
2.The  legal  extern  will  deepen  their  understanding  of  immigration  law  and  policy,  particularly  as  it pertains to refugees, asylees, and non-citizens.
3.The  legal  extern  will  gain  practical  experience working  in  a  fast-paced  environment  for  a  global NGO in a challenging policy environment for refugees and immigrants.
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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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