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. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • 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

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, copy of your transcript, and three references to  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.



Pangea Legal Services (Pangea) is a growing non-profit organization based in San Francisco, California.  We serve the immigrant community, particularly in the area of deportation defense.  In addition to direct services, we advocate on behalf of immigrants through policy advocacy, education, and legal empowerment efforts.  Our vision is to live in a world where the fundamental right to move is respected by all. 

Pangea is currently looking for volunteer Spanish to English translators.  This is a remote position, perfect for busy students and working professionals looking to make an impact.  Translations can be done at home during flexible hours.


•          Translate legal documents, personal letters, and news reports from written Spanish into written English


•           Proficiency in written Spanish and English

•           Attention to detail in writing

•           Ability to work independently

•           Passion for refugee, immigrant, and human rights


If you believe you might be a good fit, please submit a resume and 1-paragraph description of your Spanish and English language abilities to  Please indicate “Translator Application” in the subject line of your email.