POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: LEGAL INTERNSHIP (San Francisco)
Our vision is to live in a world where people have the right to move and resettle across borders with dignity and respect. We work towards this vision through our mission: defending immigrants against deportation, promoting community education and empowerment, and engaging in policy advocacy. We also work towards this vision internally by building a horizontal, consensus-based organization.
Our work: We operate on three levels: direct legal representation, policy advocacy, and community empowerment and education. Attorneys at Pangea participate in traditional lawyering – zealously representing immigrants in their removal proceedings and appeals. Attorneys also act as movement lawyers – working with clients, their families, grassroots organizers, legislators, and media to create systemic change. Our goal for representation is not only to achieve positive legal outcomes for each client, but also to provide our clients with opportunities for politicization and social transformation, thus advancing the larger movement for immigrant rights. Here is a snapshot of some of our work in 2018:
Liberated 17 clients from immigration detention, reuniting them with their families (out of 19 cases completed)
Represented 456 immigrants, 84% of whom were in deportation proceedings
Won 30 asylum cases (out of 30 litigated)
6 Pangea staff traveled to Mexico (Puebla and Mexico City) and the U.S.-Mexico border (Tijuana and Nogales) to provide Know-Your-Rights presentations and legal support to thousands of Central American caravan/exodus members who persist in asserting their right to safe and dignified lives
Conducted 10+ large-scale public campaigns for clients, and lifted up dozens more stories
Helped train 20+ promotoras on how to provide community-led deportation defense to their families and communities in San Mateo County
Our offices: We have two offices. Pangea’s main office is located in downtown San Francisco, near key immigration offices, including the detained and non-detained immigration courts, ICE, USCIS, and the asylum office. Pangea’s Santa Clara County office is located in the San José Unified School District office, giving us access to parents, teachers, and students.
Assist in representing immigrants in detained and non-detained removal proceedings
Engage in policy advocacy initiatives and legal education trainings
Create opportunities for clients to share their stories, participate in community empowerment activities, and join the larger movement for immigrant rights
Required Skills and Experience
Spanish language proficiency
Demonstrated commitment to immigration issues
Excellent written communication skills
Bonus Skills and Experience
Spanish language fluency, proficiency in other languages
Experience working in asylum law
Experience in movement-building / community organizing
Experience working with survivors of trauma
Excellent verbal communication skills
Ability to wear multiple hats and juggle various responsibilities/roles
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, copy of your transcript, and three references to email@example.com. Please indicate “Summer 2020 Legal Intern Application” in the subject line of your email.
We encourage immigrants and those directly impacted by Pangea’s work to apply.