Volunteer Opportunities

RMIAN’s continued success relies on the commitment and generosity of our dedicated volunteers. We welcome volunteers of all backgrounds and interests, including pro bono attorneys, interns, interpreters, researchers, medical professionals, expert witnesses, or those able to offer administrative assistance.

Pro Bono Attorneys
Volunteer Interpreters

Take a pro bono case
RMIAN is always in need of volunteer attorneys to represent men and women in immigration detention and immigrant children. RMIAN will provide volunteer attorneys with the following

  • a preliminary case screening to find meritorious cases
  • a referral memorandum outlining the relevant law and facts of the case
  • mentoring through RMIAN’s Pro Bono Mentoring Panel or staff attorneys
  • professional liability insurance provided through Metro Volunteer Lawyers
  • never-ending appreciation for your work!

RMIAN’s referrals includes cases of U.S. citizens erroneously detained by immigration authorities; survivors of domestic violence who are eligible for special visas; refugees and asylum-seekers fleeing persecution; unaccompanied, abused, and abandoned non-citizen children; and long-time lawful permanent residents seeking waivers of their deportation.

If you are interested in accepting a case, please fill out this case referral questionnaire and email it to RMIAN's Pro Bono Coordinator, Alex Gavern, at agavern@rmian.org. As a volunteer attorney, you will have exclusive access to RMIAN’s resources on immigration law through the volunteer attorney portal.

RMIAN has regular training programs on immigration law for volunteer attorneys. Sign up for RMIAN’s mailing list for information on upcoming trainings and events.

Intern with RMIAN

RMIAN accepts law student interns every semester (fall, spring, and summer). The intern duties include:

  • assisting with legal orientation presentations at the immigration detention center
  • responding to hotline calls
  • completing intakes
  • evaluating cases for potential relief
  • conducting legal research
  • helping with case preparation
  • writing referral memos

Preference will be given to candidates with Spanish-language ability, strong research and writing skills, and those who have immigration law coursework and/or have immigration law experience. Internships are unpaid, although applicants are encouraged to apply for outside funding through grants and fellowships.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample (legal brief or memorandum) to Elizabeth Zambrana, RMIAN's Emerson Fellow, at ezambrana@rmian.org.

Be a Volunteer Interpreter
RMIAN seeks volunteer interpreters to help interpret conversations and legal intakes with clients and to translate written materials for RMIAN’s offices use and for RMIAN’s clients’ cases. Please fill out the attached volunteer application if you are interested in helping us and send it to Kenny Hood, Program Coordinator, at khood@rmian.org. 

Thank you for your support!