Empowering undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals
2016-2017 Legal Services Team
LEGAL ADVOCATE FELLOWSHIP
Since 2009, E4FC’s Legal Services program has helped thousands of undocumented young people across the United States understand their potential immigration remedies, benefits, and rights through our innovative online legal intake, authoritative educational materials, and intensive training of immigrants in immigration law.
E4FC’s Legal Advocate Fellows are essential to our program’s mission. Legal Advocates provide direct support to undocumented young people nationwide through our DREAMer Intake Service (intake.e4fc.org), a free online immigration screening tool. To date, we have served more than 2,500 undocumented young people through this valuable service.
Our program provides Legal Advocate Fellows with comprehensive immigration law training, leadership and professional development, and community building. With E4FC’s support, past Legal Advocate Fellows have obtained employment with immigration attorneys and non-profit agencies, gained valuable networking connections, and been admitted to law schools across the country.
In the 2017-2018 program year, E4FC will bring on 3-4 new Legal Advocate Fellows and provide them with a monthly $800-$1,000 grant to support their participation in our Bay Area-based program.
LEGAL ADVOCATE FELLOW RESPONSIBILITIES
(1) DREAMer Intake Service: With the support of our immigration law experts, Legal Advocates Fellows will provide individualized screening to users of E4FC’s DREAMer Intake Service, an online screening tool that helps undocumented young people get informed about their potential immigration remedies, benefits, and rights, and how to avoid immigration scams.
(2) Follow-up Support: Under the supervision from our immigration law experts, Legal Advocate Fellows will provide 1-on-1 follow-up phone calls to ensure that users of our DREAMer Intake Service understand the results of their intake and are prepared to take necessary steps to obtain potential immigration benefits, if any are available.
(3) Trainings and Events: All Legal Advocates are expected to participate in bi-weekly trainings located at our San Francisco office. These trainings focus on immigration law as well as professional development, leadership development, and community building. Legal Advocates must also attend our opening two-day overnight retreat (Saturday, June 17 - Sunday, June 18, 2017) and ongoing community-building events organized by E4FC.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND TIME COMMITMENTS
Legal Advocate Fellows must:
Commit to 10-15 hours/week from June 2017 through May 2018
Attend all days of the mandatory opening overnight weekend retreat from June 17-18, 2017
Attend bi-weekly trainings on Fridays (10-12 hours/month)
Conduct weekly reviews of 2-3 online intakes from our Dreamer Intake Service
Provide 1-on-1 follow-up phone support to DREAMer Intake users to ensure they understand the necessary steps to obtain their immigration benefit (calls begin in January)
Participate in monthly check-ins with Legal Services staff
Help in the disbursement of and publicity of E4FC publications, guides, or programs (as needed)
Serve as an informal resource to other young immigrants
Participate in E4FC community-building events (3-5 events/year, locations vary)
Support immigration screening clinics hosted by key partner organizations to assist applicants with eligibility assessment and/or application processing (as needed)
Be willing to share personal story - to one’s own comfort level - for advocacy purposes through social media, media interviews, legislative hearings/visits, conference presentations, direct actions, etc. (as needed)
The Legal Advocate Fellows will be thoroughly committed to E4FC’s mission and vision. Legal Advocate Fellows should:
Have direct knowledge of or personal connection to the undocumented experience. This position is open to people of all of immigration statuses
Recent college graduates or at least two years of college
Be interested in a career in law/ government, immigrants’ rights, and/or how U.S. laws impact undocumented immigrants
Have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
Live in the San Francisco Bay Area for the duration of the program (June 2017 to May 2018)
Have strong critical thinking skills and be detail oriented.
Be able to work independently and remotely online with a strong commitment to meeting weekly deadlines
Be able to cooperate and work effectively in a team
Be willing to learn new skills and try new experiences
Be kind and empathetic
Computer skills: Microsoft Office and Google Apps. Experience with Salesforce a plus
Have reliable access to a computer and internet from home
Each Legal Advocate Fellow who fulfills all program requirements will receive a monthly $800-$1,000 grant (taxable as income) to support his/her participation in the program. The grant will be disbursed in monthly installments upon successful completion of program requirements and responsibilities, as evaluated by Legal Services program staff.