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
Consider Joining our Board of Directors
We seek candidates for our Board of Directors who are passionately committed to NWIRP's mission. We are especially interested in people with skills in public relations, community organizing, fundraising, event production, advocacy, and outreach. Members of the ethnic communities NWIRP serves and individuals who will add to the ethnic and geographic diversity of the Board are encouraged to apply.
To find out more about how to apply, including a list of board member responsibilities and where to send completed applications, please review this flier.
Juvenile Immigration Cases & Family Law Cases
We seek Spanish-speaking volunteers to help with children's immigration cases, prepare Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions and work on Juvenile State Court & Family Law cases. Law students or attorneys preferred, but above all 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
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, then we would love to hear from you! We seek volunteers who can both interpret conversations with clients and translate written materials. To put your gifts to use at NWIRP, send an email to our Administrative Director. 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.
Document Processing Volunteer
All clients have unique stories and as part of honoring their experiences NWIRP is digitizing the physical case files closed in the last two decades. We call on you to help with the heavy lifting of reading, summarizing, and scanning of these files.
For more information, please click here.