The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks to sponsor law students and recent law school graduates for fellowships with Skadden and Equal Justice Works, as well as similar fellowship programs, for the 2019 – 2021 fellowship cycle.
Applicants do not need to submit a final project proposal with this application, but are encouraged to share project ideas and particular interests related to ASAP’s work. ASAP is particularly interested in candidates who are committed to ASAP’s efforts to develop accessible pro se resources and fill gaps in legal representation for asylum-seeking families. ASAP is willing to work collaboratively with selected candidates to develop a final fellowship proposal. ASAP is also flexible on location: fellows could work with ASAP staff in New York City, Chicago, or remotely.
ASAP works to prevent wrongful deportations by connecting asylum-seeking families to community support and emergency legal aid. We provide rapid representation at a distance, reaching families who could not otherwise access legal services in the United States. Since our founding in 2015, ASAP has prevented the imminent deportation of more than 400 asylum seekers in over 30 states, connected more than 2,700 formerly detained mothers through a supportive online community, and mobilized hundreds of volunteers. ASAP’s clients and founders have been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, TIME Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. For more information, visit our press page.
ASAP will help selected candidates adapt responsibilities to fit the requirements of specific fellowship programs and projects
- Provide direct representation to asylum-seeking families before the immigration court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal circuit courts
- Support ASAP’s litigation efforts by conducting legal and factual research for planned or ongoing litigation
- Provide pro se legal assistance to members of the online community and prepare accessible know-your-rights content
- Participate in ASAP’s ongoing litigation, including providing support for motions, discovery, and settlement discussions
- Draft applications, affidavits, correspondence, and other documents
- Prepare materials and forms for submission to immigration and federal courts and agencies
- Maintain careful and accurate records
- Track case outcomes and metrics
- JD at the time of starting the fellowship
- Prior experience working directly with clients preferred
- Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to think creatively, take initiative, and be flexible in the face of challenges
- Strong research, writing, and oral communication skills
- Spanish proficiency is a plus
- At least one year of working with immigrant communities preferred
- Commitment to ASAP’s mission of preventing deportations of asylum seekers across the United States
How to Apply
Interested applicants should send a detailed cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two references to: email@example.com. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and should be submitted no later than July 30, 2018.
ASAP is an equal opportunity employer. ASAP is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, women, and all qualified persons to apply.