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 fill gaps in legal representation for asylum-seeking families. ASAP is willing to work collaboratively with selected candidates to develop a final fellowship proposal.
Location: Remote workplace, location flexible.
The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) sees a future where the United States welcomes individuals who come to our borders fleeing violence. We work alongside asylum seekers to make this vision a reality. Our model has three components: online community support, emergency legal aid, and nationwide systemic reform. We represent individuals who have arrived at the Mexico-U.S. border to seek asylum, regardless of where they are currently located. For more information, visit our website at www.asylumadvocacy.org.
ASAP will help selected candidates develop a project to fit the requirements of specific fellowship programs and projects. Candidates could design projects in any of ASAP’s three departments:
- Community Resource Center: ASAP manages private online communities connecting over 4,000 asylum seekers in deportation proceedings, including asylum seekers currently affected by the border crisis. In the communities, asylum seekers ask questions of expert attorneys, receive updates about changes in immigration enforcement, and share stories and strategies. And as part of our support, ASAP offers remote pro se assistance on key filings such as applications for work authorization. ASAP also creates accessible pro se resources to share not only with community members but with asylum seekers more broadly.
- Legal Emergency Room: Through ASAP’s legal emergency room, asylum seekers are able to access legal aid without having to walk into an office. ASAP employs a unique model for lawyering in a crisis – providing short-term legal assistance to our members at a distance to address urgent needs. ASAP works to give asylum seekers access to justice, preparing emergency motions and other legal filings to prevent deportations.
- Systemic Reform: By engaging in mass-communication with thousands of asylum seekers, ASAP is uniquely positioned to uncover patterns of injustice. ASAP pushes for change through federal litigation, strategic communications, legislative and administrative advocacy. Currently, ASAP is focused on providing families who were separated at the border with a platform to hold the government accountable for abuses in detention and beyond. As part of this work, we have a docket of clients pursuing monetary damages cases and create templates and guides for other attorneys to take on damages cases as well.
- JD at the time of starting the fellowship. ASAP expects fellows to either be barred or awaiting bar results prior to the beginning of the fellowship.
- Spanish fluency is required
- 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
- At least one year of working with immigrant communities preferred
- Commitment to ASAP’s mission
How to Apply
Interested applicants should (1) answer a few short questions at the following link: https://forms.gle/UEXDPR1faUNJ1dYG9 and (2) send a cover letter, resume, two references, and a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line “Fellowship Sponsorship Application.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. If you have questions, please email email@example.com.
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.