Volunteer

RMIAN’s continued success relies on the commitment and generosity of its dedicated volunteers. RMIAN welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds and interests, including pro bono attorneys, interns, interpreters, researchers, medical professionals, expert witnesses, and others.

RMIAN’s primary volunteer needs consist of:

Pro Bono Attorneys

RMIAN is always in need of volunteer attorneys to represent adults in immigration detention and immigrant children. RMIAN’s referrals include cases of U.S. citizens erroneously detained by immigration authorities; survivors of domestic violence who are eligible for special visas; refugees and asylum-seekers fleeing persecution; unaccompanied, abused, and abandoned non-citizen children; and long-time lawful permanent residents seeking waivers of their deportation. Your pro bono work helps reunite families, protect vulnerable children, and ensure due process.

RMIAN will provide volunteer attorneys with the following:

  • a preliminary case screening to find meritorious cases
  • a referral memorandum outlining the relevant law and facts of the case
  • mentoring through RMIAN’s Pro Bono Mentoring Panel or staff attorneys
  • professional liability insurance
  • never-ending appreciation for your work!

If you are interested in accepting a case, please fill out RMIAN’s case referral questionnaire and email it to RMIAN’s Pro Bono Coordinator, Alex Gavern, at agavern@rmian.org. As a volunteer attorney, you will have access to RMIAN’s resources on immigration law through the volunteer attorney portal. Click here to hear testimonies from past volunteer attorneys.

RMIAN has regular training programs on immigration law for volunteer attorneys. Sign up for RMIAN’s mailing list for information on upcoming trainings and events.

Student Interns

RMIAN accepts legal interns every semester (fall, spring, and summer). Intern duties include:

  • assisting with legal orientation presentations at the immigration detention center
  • completing intakes
  • evaluating cases for potential relief
  • conducting legal research
  • helping with case preparation
  • writing referral memos

Preference will be given to candidates with Spanish-language ability, strong research and writing skills, and those who have immigration law coursework and/or have immigration law experience. Internships are unpaid, although applicants are encouraged to apply for outside funding through grants and fellowships.

The apply, please send cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample to Elizabeth Zambrana, RMIAN’s Emerson Fellow, at ezambrana@rmian.org

Volunteer Interpreters/Translators

RMIAN seeks volunteer interpreters to help interpret conversations and legal intakes with clients and to translate written materials for RMIAN’s clients. If you are interested in volunteering as an interpreter or translator, please contact Mayra Prieto, Detention Program Paralegal, at mprieto@rmian.org.

Case Referral Questionnaire

Thank you for your interest in accepting a pro bono case from RMIAN in the coming year! Please take a moment to complete this questionnaire and we will do our best to refer you a case that suits your availability and preferences.

Name *
Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
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I am a *
Have you ever been suspended or subject to disciplinary action by any court, bar association, agency or other authority? *
Prior immigration law experience *
Language Skills
Availability *
Case Preference *