New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)

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Location: New York

Former Intern(s): Yessica Martinez, Princeton '15

Organization Description

Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides high-quality, free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers who cannot afford attorneys.  NYLAG's comprehensive range of services includes direct representation, case consultation, advocacy, community education, training, financial counseling, and impact litigation.

NYLAG's Immigrant Protection Unit (IPU) provides New York’s low-income immigrant communities with comprehensive legal services through consultation and direct representation in immigration proceedings. 

The Guggenheim intern will work closely with IPU's Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and U-Visa project, which helps survivors of domestic violence obtain lawful status, and IPU's Removal Defense Project, which provides legal representation to individuals facing deportation.

Guggenheim Internship Description

The Guggenheim intern will attend interviews with clients in IPU's VAWA/U-Visa and Removal Defense Projects and assist in the drafting of affidavits based on the interviews; provide translation services; assist clients in the completion of immigration applications; and shadow attorneys in immigration proceedings where appropriate.

Intern Qualifications

Many of IPU's clients are the survivors of violence and must speak about their traumatic experiences in detail in order to gain immigration status.  Accordingly, the intern must be sensitive to working with survivors of violence and prepared to attend interviews that may deal with delicate issues.  In addition, the intern must be fluent in Spanish.

Expected start time: 9:00 am

Expected end time: 5:00 pm

Required Dates:  This internship must end by 08/09/2013

Internship Length: 8-10 weeks

New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) Internship Application