Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

American Gateways, Summer Internship, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 11347

Thu, March 31, 2016

Embracing the ideal that all people have a right to equal access to justice, American Gateways provides the legal and educational services immigrants need to navigate our immigration system, join our American family, and begin a new life free of torture and abuse. Our clients are victims of family violence, asylum seekers, and victims of human trafficking. Whether fleeing from civil war in their home county, an abusive spouse in the United States or the dehumanization of human trafficking — American Gateways is proud of our legacy of providing free or low cost direct legal representation to immigrants in Central Texas. Women, men, and families from over 75 different countries have been served by American Gateways. 

Founded in 1987 as the Political Asylum Project of Austin by attorneys and community leaders, today American Gateways is among the most effective and efficient non-profit providers of immigration legal services in the nation.  

We operate with two overarching goals: to guarantee access to immigration legal services to anyone in Central Texas who is too poor to afford private legal representation, and to shift public perception, and dispel myths and misconceptions about immigrants. 

Interns will provide support to attorneys and accredited representatives in a variety of immigration matters, including deferred action for childhood arrivals, U-Visas, and asylum. Interns will play a major supporting role in our pro bono program, assisting staff with client correspondence, researching country conditions, facilitating case placement, and interviewing prospective clients. Interns may also have the opportunity to observe a hearing at the Immigration Court in San Antonio and assist with pro se workshops at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas. 

Interns must have a demonstrated interest in human rights and/or international affairs. Spanish or French fluency preferred.

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    University of Texas at Austin
    FAC 18
    2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200
    Austin, Texas 78712-1508