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Post-Graduate Fellowship (3rd Year Law Students)

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Post-Graduate Fellowship Sponsorship Opportunities
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is looking to sponsor one or more funded post-graduate legal fellows starting in the fall of 2018 (with applications due fall of 2017).
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State. We envision a New York state that is stronger because all people are welcome, treated fairly, and given the chance to pursue their dreams. Our mission is to unite immigrants, members & allies so all New Yorkers can thrive.  We represent the collective interests of New York’s diverse immigrant communities and organizations and devise solutions to advance them; advocate for laws, policies, and programs that lead to justice and opportunity for all immigrant groups; and build the power of immigrants and the organizations that serve them to ensure their sustainability, to improve people’s lives, and to strengthen our state.
Our organizational values: inclusive & representative; fair & just; accountable & trusted.
Our work includes the following:
The NYIC advocates for better laws and policies at the local, state, and national levels to improve the lives of immigrants and all New Yorkers, with a particular focus on the needs of low income immigrant communities.  Our policy priorities include fighting for just and humane immigration reform, increasing the availability of key integration services such as adult English classes and affordable legal services, and improving immigrants’ access to quality health care, education, safe and affordable housing, and other community resources. 
The NYIC develops a wide variety of educational materials such as brochures and fact sheets in as many as 12 languages on important issues such as new developments in immigration law, the citizenship process, school registration, health care access, and voting rights. We do hundreds of presentations in immigrant communities, and we work with ethnic and mainstream media to disseminate important information to immigrant families. 
Our Immigrant Concerns Training Institute offers hundreds of workshops and presentations each year on immigration law and other topics that affect immigrants.  We also field hundreds of technical assistance calls, providing guidance to community groups, advocates, and legal providers so they can better serve their constituents.   
The NYIC works to build immigrant communities’ political power through our New Citizen Voter Registration Project, voter education events, and extensive voter mobilization efforts for key elections. We also aim to cultivate a new generation of immigrant civic leaders and community organizers through fellowships and other leadership programs. 
We are seeking rising third-year law students as well as recent graduates working in judicial clerkships to partner with in developing proposals for Equal Justice Works, Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Ford Foundation, Kirland & Ellis Fellowship and other similar post-graduate fellowships.  Please note that this is not a job opportunity.  Once we have selected applicants, we will work with them to develop proposals to be submitted to the various fellowship organizations.  The position will be available only if the funding is secured.
If selected, the fellow would work within our policy department on issues affecting immigration legal policy.  Suggestions for topics the fellow could work on include, but are not limited to:
  • Right to counsel: Par of the NYIC’s Immigration Legal Policy program focuses on issues affecting immigrants’ access to justice and access to counsel both at the local level (e.g. advocating for public funding for immigration lawyers) and nationally.  A potential project to submit for a fellowship would involve working on measuring the impact of counsel on immigrants’ civil and legal rights, and furthering pro-universal access to counsel policy and advocacy initiatives.

  • Citizenship: Interest in applying for citizenship and fully integrating into the United States rose sharply in 2016, and has continued to grow in the wake of that year’s election.  There is also renewed interest in devising new and innovative campaigns and systems to encourage citizenship-eligible residents to come forward and apply, and to help new citizens fully avail themselves of the benefits citizenship confers.
  • Immigration enforcement issues: In this time of heightened immigration enforcement, it is crucial that we equip our communities to fight back, particularly in areas where immigraiton lawyers are scarce and rights are routinely violated.  Such a project could involve, but would not be limited to, working on toolkits and other materials to help localities implement policies to limit cooperation between local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, working on Know Your Rights presentations and materials for communities, and preparing communities to protect themselves.
To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and a brief statement of interest to HR@NYIC.org no later than August 15, 2017. Please put “post-graduate fellowship opportunity” in the subject line.  Familiarity with the requirements of the different fellowships is required.


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