Free Migration Project is looking for a summer law student intern to help us challenge the immigration system on the personal and systemic levels, working in collaboration with lawyers, immigrant organizers, and grassroots groups. The intern will assist with current client deportation defense cases, including legal research and writing, client interviews, and possible attendance in court; provide campaign support, including engaging with community organizers and elected officials; and assist with public education and outreach to promote open migration policies.

In summer 2020, our summer legal intern’s work included:

  • researching and drafting legal memorandums for cancellation of removal, asylum, and other removal defense cases,
  • researching legal issues relating to the Shut Down Berks and National Sanctuary Collective campaigns, and
  • helping design and populate a free immigration legal information web resource.

Free Migration Project is a nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that represents immigrant clients, advocates for fair and open immigration laws, provides legal support and training to organizers and attorneys, and engages in impact litigation. Free Migration Project promotes migration as a basic human right. Free Migration Project’s work over the past year includes supporting the Shut Down Berks campaign to end detention of immigrant families in Pennsylvania, fighting egregious civil fines levied by ICE against immigrant rights leaders living in Sanctuary churches, co-organizing the third annual Open Borders Conference, and representing families in Sanctuary in Philadelphia.

The position is unpaid and anticipated to last 10-12 weeks, from early June to mid-August (with some flexibility around dates). Some background in immigration law or advocacy is preferred, as is Spanish fluency. The position may be partially or fully remote depending on safety considerations during the pandemic.

Please email the following items to david.bennion at no later than February 19, 2021:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample