Law students needed!
Las Americas is looking for law students who are bright, eager and dedicated to community service.
Our clerkships/internships emphasize hands-on learning. At Las Americas, you will learn about immigration law while making a direct impact in people’s lives.
As a clerk/intern, and under the supervision of an experienced immigration attorney, you will perform the following tasks: legal research, brief and memorandum writing, visiting and interviewing detainees, clients intake, filing of immigration forms (for U Visas, VAWA, asylum and more), assisting in trial preparation, translating (if applicable).
Clerkships/internships are available during the school year, as well as during the summer and other school breaks. Applicants should be prepared to cover their own travel and living expenses and to undergo a criminal background check. Law clerk positions are currently available for the summer of 2013, and we also need continued assistance throughout the year! Please fill out this VOLUNTEER-APPLICATION-FORM and send it, with your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What our former interns say about us:
“I will be graduating with a Certificate in refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies… I credit my time at Las Americas for getting me involved and interested in this area.” –Olivia Lynch, Las Americas intern, Summer 2009, Georgetown University Law, New York Bar candidate
“Interning at Las Americas was great because of the open, supportive environment; they’re really committed to helping you learn as much as possible.” –Ilana Silverstein, Community Organizing Intern, Summer 2009, Brandeis University
“I enjoyed working at Las Americas in that I was able to dive right into legal work. I’m glad I got a hand-on feel to my first legal experience.” — Sophia Alonso, Vermont University, Summer 2008
“As a summer law clerk for Las Americas, I learned all about immigration law and was able to practically use my passion for immigrants’ rights to advocate for those whose voices might not be heard without access to the legal services that this organization provides.” – Vanessa Smart, University of North Carolina, Summer 2009
Is Las Americas a good fit for you?
Las Americas is a 25-year-old non-profit on the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, dedicated to serving the legal needs of the most vulnerable among immigrants: Asylum seekers, battered women and abandoned children. Las Americas lawyers and staff are committed to providing high quality legal representation to those who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Las Americas believes that the American Dream should not be for sale but should be accessible to all deserving people, regardless of their countries of origin and their financial situation.
Since 1987, Las Americas, which is certified by the Board of Immigration Appeals, has provided representation to more than 9,000 low-income immigrants in El Paso. Las Americas’ clients are mostly, but not only, from Mexico. The El Paso port-of-entry sees the second highest number of people crossing into the United States by land, second only to San Diego. El Paso is also an important corridor for illegal crossings. Immigrants from all around the world often end up in El Paso through roundabout smuggling ways and Las Americas staff has helped clients from countries as far as Burma and Cameroon.
While El Paso is the second safest city of its size in the United States, violence has been raging across the river in Cd. Juarez, Mexico, for the past three years and Las Americas has seen an increase in Mexican citizens seeking refuge for themselves and their families in El Paso. This has meant that the demand for Las Americas services has grown and we need your help.
This year, as of November, Las Americas has assisted close to 1,000 immigrants and represented 115 unaccompanied children, 97 battered women and their dependents and about 30 asylum seekers. Please consider volunteering for Las Americas today!