Pro Bono Opportunity – African Services Committee

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Who We Are

African Services Committee (ASC) is the oldest non-profit serving the African immigrant community in New York City. Established in 1981 by Ethiopian refugees, ASC was initially set up to provide comprehensive resettlement assistance to African refugees and asylum seekers. Today, ASC provides health, housing, legal, educational and self-sufficiency services to African and Caribbean immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers affected by war, poverty, global health disparities, political oppression, and social persecution based on sexual orientation or HIV status. Our programs are designed to meet the basic needs of newcomers, using health as a gateway to immigrant integration and supporting community members to live healthy and productive lives.


What We Do

African Services Committee provides free civil legal services and immigration representation to people living with HIV. African Services Committee also offers low fee immigration services for immigrants regardless of HIV status.


Our legal team is staffed by multilingual attorneys, paralegals and law interns and provides representation in the following areas:


Civil Legal Services

  • Immigration (Asylum, Naturalization, Marriage Petitions, Adjustment of Status, SIJS, UVisa, TVisa, Work Authorization, I-730 Petitions, Consular Processing)
  • Landlord/ tenant problems including threat of eviction, housing discrimination and bad housing conditions
  • Family law problems including custody, visitation, domestic violence and child support
  • Public assistance including HASA, SLF, food stamps, welfare, shelter allowances, Medicaid, and SSI
  • Future planning such as health care proxies, living wills, guardianships, and powers of attorney.


Specific Responsibilities may include:

  • Conducting legal screenings and intakes for immigrants
  • Researching legal issues and drafting legal documents
  • Assisting people with their applications for immigration benefits
  • Assisting with program management and reporting
  • Office and administrative work


Desired Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Attributes:

  • Open to individuals looking for an opportunity to fulfill a pressing legal need while getting a first-rate, hands-on learning experience
  • Ability to work and communicate with a variety of different multi-ethnic populations 
  • Strong organizational skills and work ethic
  • Strong language skills preferred (written, speaking, and reading)
    • French
    • Spanish
    • Haitian Creole
    • Portuguese
    • Any languages or dialects spoken in African countries
  • Knowledge or experience in any of the following areas:
    • Immigration Law or Procedure
    • Criminal Law or Procedure
    • Family Law or Procedure
    • Office work


Openings:

  • Volunteer for specific events or limited hours
  • Volunteering during the Winter or Spring break periods
  • Fall or Spring Semester Internships(12-15 hours per week)
  • Summer Internships – (10-12 weeks – 35-40 hours per week)


Financial Information:

  • These opportunities are unpaid
  • The African Services Committee is willing to support interns or volunteers in their efforts to secure funding for their work with our organization


Closing Date: All applications will be considered until all positions are filled


**Please note that due to the pandemic these opportunities will be offered remotely until further notice**


Application Submission:

Please send a resume to Sarah Corsico at sarahcorsico@africanservices.org and Franco Torres at francot@africanservices.org. Please indicate what semester(s) you want to intern or volunteer, and that you would be doing it for pro bono hours.


Note: This is posted as an opportunity to perform volunteer legal work. Whether the work qualifies toward the New York State Bar 50-hour pro bono requirement is a determination made on a case-by-case basis by the Character and Fitness Committee that processes bar admission applications. For more information about the 50-hour pro bono requirement, links to the rule and FAQ document, and who to contact if you have any questions, visit the Public Interest Law Center website here: http://www.law.nyu.edu/publicinterestlawcenter/forstudents/nys-bar-pro-bono-requirement.

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