The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of legal immigration programs. The network includes faith-based institutions, farmworker programs, domestic violence shelters, ethnic community-focused organizations, libraries and other entities that serve immigrants. Established in 1988 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, over the last 30 years CLINIC has grown exponentially and now supports approximately 341 affiliate organizations in 47 states and the District of Columbia. CLINIC and its network embrace the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger.
The Defending Vulnerable Populations (DVP) Program at CLINIC seeks two law student interns. Following the 2016 presidential election, CLINIC established the DVP Project (which is now a program) to help advocates meet the needs of the rapidly growing population of immigrants facing removal, breakup of families, loss of employment and other disruptive effects of anticipated government policy changes. The DVP Program has the following objectives:
- Increase the number of competent and zealous non-profit fully accredited representatives and attorneys available to represent immigrants in immigration court and on appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the U.S. Courts of Appeal;
- Increase representation for immigrants in ICE custody appealing to the BIA and the U.S. Courts of Appeal;
- Establish innovative remote legal representation and mentorship models to increase pro bono legal representation capacity;
- Establish strategic collaborations to respond to crises created by the Trump Administration;
- Seek transparency through Freedom of Information Act requests;
- Advocate on behalf of vulnerable populations through amicus briefing, reports, the press and other media;
- Serve as counsel or co-counsel on appeals to the BIA and the U.S. Courts of Appeal;
- Bring affirmative litigation before federal district courts; and
- Participate as an organizational plaintiff on impact litigation cases.
Under the supervision of DVP Program attorneys, the interns will work on different initiatives. One intern will support our work assisting formerly separated families. In addition to legal resource development and motions drafting, this intern will have the opportunity to directly assist the families and thus should be fluent or highly proficient in Spanish and/or a Guatemalan indigenous language. The other intern will assist the BIA Pro bono Project on appeals to the BIA and the U.S. Courts of Appeals as well as other litigation. Overall, the interns will cultivate a number of valuable skills, including legal research, analysis and writing, litigation preparation, and client interaction. The interns may work remotely from anywhere in the United States or from the CLINIC headquarters office in Silver Spring, Maryland. DVP Program attorneys are located throughout the United States in the following cities: Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Denver, New York City, Morgantown (WVA), Baltimore, Boston, and Silver Spring (MD).
If interested, please email a cover letter, résumé, a writing sample, and list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15, 2019 with the subject line “DVP Summer Internship.” Interns must have their own funding for the position or be receiving school credit. The DVP Program is happy to assist with any necessary paperwork for funding or credit.