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Volunteers Needed: Community Defense Project

03 Jan 2018 9:34 PM | Priscila Barron Sanchez (Administrator)

Volunteer Opportunity

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota: Community Defense Project

The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota is seeking the assistance of 6-8 volunteer attorneys to participate in a pilot pro bono project we are launching in 2018; The Community Defense Project. Community Defense Project volunteers will travel with ILCM staff attorneys to local detention facilities to provide legal screenings and pro se assistance to detained immigrants.

These services are desperately needed. The number of immigrants being apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has skyrocketed over the past year; with hundreds of individuals being detained and facing deportation in facilities throughout the state. Cut off from family and resources, these individuals face an uphill battle in accessing services and defending themselves against removal. The Community Defense Project will mobilize volunteers to help detainees overcome these barriers. Volunteers, with the assistance of supervising attorneys, will provide detainees with much needed legal advice, pro se assistance, and assist organizations like ILCM identify cases for potential full representation.

Volunteer Opportunity Overview:

Volunteers will participate in a short training in February 2018. Following the training, volunteers will participate in 1-2 detention facility visits per month from February-April 2018. The dates of detention facility visits will be scheduled by ILCM staff (dates TBA). Visits will be during the work week, and will generally last from 7:00 AM-5:30 PM (volunteers must be able to commit to the full shift). Volunteers will be required to travel 1-2 hours for detention facility visits. The services provided by Community Defense volunteer will be brief service, so there will be no responsibilities outside of the visits themselves.

Volunteer Requirements:

No immigration experience is needed to participate in this project. Volunteers will be provided training and intensive on-sight mentorship throughout the project. There is also no second-language requirement for this project. Preference will be given to Spanish-speaking volunteers, but all volunteers are welcome and are encouraged to participate. All volunteers must have an active attorney license, and be able to commit to at least one full-day volunteer shift per month from February 2018-April 2018.

How to Get Involved:

If you are interested in volunteering with the Community Defense Project please fill out ILCM’s attached Interested Volunteer Form and email it to probono@ilcm.org by January 10th 2018. In the email Subject Line, please list “Community Defense Project.” A representative from ILCM will follow-up with all interested volunteers following the January 10th deadline.


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