Fellowship Opportunities at CREEC

We begin accepting fellowship applications in the spring of the year prior to when a fellowship will start, e.g., applications are accepted in the spring of 2020 for a fellowship that would start in the fall of 2021. Starting in the 2021 cycle, CREEC would prefer to accept applications by June 1, and will require all applications by July 1.

The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) invites second or third-year law students or judicial clerks to join CREEC in applying for fellowships such as EJW, Skadden, and Justice Catalyst fellowships. CREEC was established in 2013 to continue impact litigation and conduct more extensive outreach, education, and proactive investigation, building on decades of plaintiff-side civil rights work. Through large-scale class action anti-discrimination lawsuits and individual cases, as well as education efforts, CREEC works to ensure that everyone can fully and independently participate in our nation’s civic life without discrimination based on race, gender, disability, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. CREEC’s education and enforcement work and nearly all our current cases fall under the Immigration Detention Accountability Project (IDAP) or under the Accessibility Project.

 

IDAP

We believe that immigration detention – in which people alleged to have violated civil statutes are confined in prison-like settings – is inherently constitutionally suspect and should be abolished. However, while detention is sanctioned by the courts and Congress, CREEC’s Immigration Detention Accountability Project will fight to ensure that people held in ICE custody are held in constitutionally adequate conditions, receive constitutionally adequate care, and are not discriminated against on the basis of disability. We will undertake this work at the individual, facility-specific, and system-wide level, in the form of direct representation, class action litigation, and serving as resources and educators for the disability rights and immigration communities

CREEC is a national leader at the intersection of immigration and disability. We provide important support to detained people and their advocates and community through individual advocacy and legal representation, technical assistance, and systemic change litigation targeting ICE’s treatment of people in its detention system. We are regularly invited to speak at national conferences, law schools, and to stakeholders.

CREEC currently seeks fellowship applicants to work with IDAP on a project benefiting immigrants held in ICE prisons that falls under one of our following priority areas:

  • Movement-based legal support for detained people and community organizers working with them;
  • Individual medical and disability advocacy; and
  • Development of class-based litigation on behalf of immigrants with disabilities and medical vulnerabilities.

Preferred additional qualifications:

  • Background in immigration or disability work,
  • experience working with migrants, asylum seekers or immigrant communities,
  • experience working with people with disabilities, trauma survivors, and people from a diversity of backgrounds, and/or
  • speaks Spanish or another language

Application deadline for a 2021 Fellowship is August 31, 2020.

Please contact CREEC’s Director of the Immigration Accountability Detention Project, Elizabeth Jordan, prior to sending your application materials to discuss your proposal.