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 below. If you have additional questions, please contact RMIAN’s Detention Pro Bono Counsel, Sarah Plastino, at SPlastino@rmian.org, or RMIAN’s Children’s Program Pro Bono Coordinator, Vanessa Saldivar, at VSaldivar@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.
Mental Health & Medical Professionals
RMIAN has occasional need for volunteer health professionals in the following areas: providing pro bono forensic psychological or physical evaluations of adult and child clients; reviewing medical records of adult clients’ health treatment while in immigration detention (to help attorneys advocate for release based on health needs); and offering free or low-cost health services to non-detained RMIAN adult and child clients and their families (this opportunity is not directly facilitated by RMIAN, but we are always looking for good referral sources for our clients). If interested, please fill out this form and send it to Megan Hope, MSW, Social Service Project Director: firstname.lastname@example.org to request a brief interest form to complete.
RMIAN accepts legal interns every semester (fall, spring, and summer). At this time, RMIAN cannot support student interns who are not currently JD or MSW students. Intern duties include:
assisting with legal orientation presentations at the immigration detention center
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. Other relevant backgrounds include criminal defense, human rights, racial justice, and prisoner rights. Individuals of color and/or from directly-impacted immigrant communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Internships are unpaid, although applicants are encouraged to apply for outside funding through grants and fellowships.
The apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Natalie Petrucci at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.
RMIAN often seeks volunteer interpreters to help interpret conversations and legal intakes with clients and to translate written materials for RMIAN’s clients. If you Spanish or another language and are interested in volunteering, please email Detention Program Coordinator Mayra Prieto at firstname.lastname@example.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.