Immigration Legal Intern/ Extern
New York City (United States of America)
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.
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.