Fellowship Program: Tahirih has successfully sponsored applicants for competitive post graduate public service fellowships, including Equal Justice Works and Skadden Foundation, and law-school sponsored fellowship programs. Each year we seek applicants with a demonstrated commitment to providing high quality, client-centered legal services to immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence.
Position Summary: Tahirih seeks to host in our Houston office a recent law school graduate or judicial law clerk who is interested in applying for the Equal Justice Works, Skadden Fellowship Program, or other law school sponsored fellowship program, to begin in the Fall of 2017. The fellow will work in our Houston office assisting vulnerable undocumented women in need of representation in humanitarian immigration matters.
The Fellow will advance legal protections for immigrant women and girls who are fleeing gender-based harms such as domestic violence, other forms of physical and sexual violence, honor based violence and/or forced marriage, and human trafficking. The Fellow will provide legal representation to immigrant women and girls in need of protection through the use of various available forms of relief for victims of gender-based violence including self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the U visa for victims of crime, the T visa for victims of human trafficking, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status applications for unaccompanied minor victims and asylum protection for victims of gender-based persecution.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
- Familiarity with immigration law, including experience representing immigrant women in asylum, VAWA, SIJS, T visa, and/or U visa cases
- Experience working with survivors of trauma who are from diverse cultural backgrounds
- Excellent legal analysis, written and oral communication skills
- Spanish language skills highly desired
- Detail oriented, with meticulous organizational habits
- Highly responsible, self-motivated, and focused
- Ability to manage large amounts of information, multitask, establish priorities and meet deadlines
Please prepare a detailed cover letter clearly articulating your qualifications and interest in working for Tahirih Justice Center. Email your cover letter, resume, transcript, a list of three references, and an unedited writing sample (no longer than 8 pages) to email@example.com with “Fellowship Application – Houston” in the subject line.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and will be accepted through September 30, 2016.
Tahirih Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer which does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability or veteran’s status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations. Tahirih’s policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. Men are particularly encouraged to apply.
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