Internship – World Org. for Human Rights

December 11, 2009

Refugee and Detention Project, World Organization for Human Rights, is seeking summer interns.  The Refugee & Detention project uses impact litigation to establish broader protection for women fleeing gender based persecution, protect the rights of detained immigrants, and firmly establish civil accountability for human traffickers.   They have been working to establish recognition of the principle that survivors of human trafficking qualify for asylum under U.S. law, and are beginning a project focused on securing civil damages for survivors of trafficking.  The Refugee project has also begun representing individuals in immigration custody in post-order petitions for habeas corpus.   Interns on the Refugee project will work closely with attorneys on one or more of these cases.  This work will include legal research and writing, filing complaints, briefs, and other court documents, speaking with clients and assisting in other aspects of the project.

Qualifications: Applicants should have completed first year at accredited law school, have a demonstrated interest in human rights, strong legal research and writing skills, and the ability to juggle multiple tasks in a fast paced working environment.  Knowledge of human trafficking issues a plus.  While not required, relevant coursework would also be a plus, including Immigration Law/Refugee Law, International Law/International Human Rights Law, Administrative Law, Evidence, or Trial Advocacy.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, 5-7 page legal writing sample, and transcript to: Lynsay Gott at lgott@humanrightsusa.org ; 2029 P Street NW, Ste. 202 Washington , DC 20036; Fax: 202-296-5704.

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