You can help us defend and advance the rights of immigrants by becoming a volunteer. Here are some ways you can join our mission:
Take a Pro Bono Case
NWIRP directly represents many clients in legal proceedings, but the demand for services is greater than our staff can address. A client's chance of avoiding removal from the U.S. is highly dependent on whether or not he or she has legal representation. As a result, NWIRP places great emphasis on training others, in order to stretch its resources as far as they can go. One of NWIRP's great successes is our pro bono panel of attorneys, who are instrumental in sharing the workload of directly representing immigrants.
Over 300 attorneys participate in NWIRP's pro bono program. These attorneys make a profound difference in the lives of their clients and have found the pro bono experience to be deeply rewarding for them as well. Without the hard work of this dedicated group, scores of individuals would be lost in an overwhelming bureaucracy and subject to removal from the country, separation from their family, and often a life of poverty and fear.
If you or someone you know is in the legal profession and might be able to assist in taking a pro-bono case, please contact:
Jordan S. Wasserman
Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney
Juvenile Immigration Cases & Family Law Cases
We seek Spanish-speaking volunteer attorneys to help with children's immigration cases, prepare Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions and work on Juvenile State Court and Family Law cases. Apart from being an attorney, a willingness to learn is our number one requirement.
General Intake Volunteers
This opportunity is intended for college graduates with plans to attend law school, as well law students and law school graduates. NWIRP needs your help conducting initial in-person or phone interviews to potential clients on our waiting list for immigration legal services. We welcome speakers of all languages, although our most urgent need is for Spanish-speaking volunteers. For this unpaid volunteer opportunity, we seek people able to commit for a minimum of ten weeks, full time. If you are unable to commit for this period, we will be happy to hear about your availability. This volunteer opportunity requires computer literacy, typing proficiency and the ability to use an office telephone for long periods of time.
General Intake Coordinator/Legal Advocate
VAWA Seattle Volunteers
NWIRP seeks two part time bilingual (Spanish) volunteers to work in our Violence Against Women Act Unit (VAWA) in Seattle. In these unpaid positions, the volunteers will have the opportunity to work directly with clients, learn about the current immigration system, and put their language skills at use in a work setting. We provide training for all our volunteers, and constant support throughout their time with us.
One volunteer will focus on working with clients that just have gone through our intake process. This includes helping clients with filing FBI background checks, freedom of information act requests, or finding any other particular record that their case might require.
Another volunteer will focus on establishing contact with older clients, who clients are yet to go through our intake process, and need assistance in obtaining key records before their intake interview. These documents include police department reports, court documents, and protection orders. The volunteer would also refer clients to DV agencies, mental health services or other resources as needed.
Seattle & Tacoma Document Processing Volunteers
The volunteers will join the NWIRP team in a temporary capacity to assist in the reading, summarizing and scanning of old closed cases. At NWIRP we assist many community members to gain status through the immigration legal process. All clients have unique stories and as part of honoring their experiences NWIRP is scanning the physical case files closed in the last decade. We call on you to help with the heavy lifting of reading, summarizing, and scanning of these files.
Volunteer Translators / Interpreters
If you are multilingual and would like to volunteer to help NWIRP serve people who have immigrated to Washington from over 100 countries worldwide, we would love to hear from you! Please click here to send us your contact information, the details of the languages you speak/write and your availability, etc. We seek volunteers who can both interpret conversations with clients and translate written materials. Please note: Your name will be added to the list but you will not be contacted directly until NWIRP staff have a need for translation or interpretation in the language you offer. We prioritize volunteers who do not charge for their services.
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