2022 Internships: Immigration Detention Accountability Project

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Spring/Summer 2022 Internships

The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) welcomes internship applications in support of our Immigration Detention Accountability Project (IDAP) for the Spring/Summer 2022 semesters. Law students interested in social change and in hands-on, client-centered learning at a legal nonprofit are encouraged to apply. Internships will range from one to three months and will be fully remotely due to the pandemic. We are accepting applications from law students from all years, consistent with timelines set by their institutions. CREEC is exploring pathways to provide funding for this internship. In the interim, we encourage students to seek school-based or external funding and would be happy to support them in this process. CREEC has been a proud host of law student externs for many years and is dedicated to offering strong mentorship as part of our internship program. We highly value the talents and contributions of law student externs and seek to be diverse and inclusive. 

About CREEC 

CREEC is a disability justice organization that fights for intersectional liberation through impact litigation, individual representation, outreach, and education. 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, sexuality, or gender identity.

About IDAP

We believe that immigration detention must be abolished. However, while detention is sanctioned by the courts and Congress, IDAP will work to ensure that people in ICE custody are held in constitutionally adequate conditions, receive constitutionally adequate care, and are not discriminated against on the basis of disability. We 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. 

What to Expect

Legal externs may have the opportunity to communicate directly with clients and their family members; develop legal and factual research; and support fast-moving and innovative systems-change litigation and individual representation through IDAP. It is important to note that individual case work is usually related to disability complaints rather than removal-defense. This may include helping individuals obtain care or accommodations in detention centers; asking for relief, including release, based on disability; or assisting immigration attorneys in making disability arguments.  

How to Apply 

Please email a resume and cover letter that explains your interest in an internship and any relevant experience to CREEC encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.