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ASIAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND
2013 SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.
LEGAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Internships for the summer of 2013 are available in the following program areas:
Anti-Trafficking Initiative - legal research and writing on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as outreach, community education, and advocacy on the rights of exploited and abused workers.
Community Health Care Initiative - legal research, community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access.
Economic Justice for Workers - legal research, advocacy and direct representation on behalf of Asian immigrant workers experiencing wage-and-hour, retaliation, and workplace safety violations in the restaurant, nail salon, domestic worker, and other low-wage industries.
Educational Equity - legal services, policy work, community education, research and litigation concerning educational equity, juvenile justice, affirmative action, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment.
Housing Justice Project - community outreach/education, community planning, research, and litigation on housing and land use issues affecting low-income Asian immigrant communities.
Immigrant Access to Justice: litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach with communities impacted by9-11, including special interest detainees, special registration, voluntary interviews by the government, the 9-11 absconder initiative, and local and state enforcement of immigration laws.
Voting Rights - legal research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, and the redrawing of local, state and federal district lines; produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings.
Description of Summer Internship Program: The summer program is ten weeks, from approximately June 3 through August 9. Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas. Depending on the program area, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis. Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups. The position is unpaid. However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding. Academic credit can be arranged.
· Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to be received by AALDEF on or beforeMonday, January 7, 2013 at the address below. Please indicate in your cover letter the top three preferred program areas. Only law students qualify for AALDEF’s legal internships. Applications may be faxed or emailed.
· Any bilingual ability should be stated in the application. Bilingual ability is helpful but not required. Gujarati, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Indonesian and Urdu-speaking applicants are especially urged to apply.
· Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the January 7, 2013 deadline. Interviewing will take place on a rolling basis. Only applicants who have been granted interviews will be notified of their advancement in the application process.
For more information, contact:
Shirley Lin at 212-966-5932 x220 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Mariadason at 212-966-5932 x223 or email@example.com
* * *Please do NOT email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com * * *
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UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups. The summer program is ten (10) weeks, beginning approximately June 3rd through August 9th. The position is unpaid. However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding and work-study funds may also be available. Academic credit can be arranged.
Community Health Care Initiative: community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access.
Educational Equity Intern: Responsibilities include community outreach and presentations with Asian American youth groups, public education policy research, assistance with client intakes and general support for projects on educational equity, juvenile justice, affirmative action, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment.
Housing & Environmental Justice Project: Responsibilities include community outreach and research on land use, community planning, and anti-displacement issues.
Office Assistant: Responsibilities include data entry, organizing press clippings, answering phones, doing mailings, assisting with fundraising and other events, and performing general clerical duties. Other responsibilities include providing support for community education and outreach projects and acting as an interpreter/translator. Computer experience with databases, graphics and web programs is helpful.
Voting Rights Intern: research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, and the redrawing of local, state and federal district lines; produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings; help prepare for election monitoring of the 2013 Mayoral Elections; conduct voter registration drives.
Requirements: Candidates must be detail-oriented and possess strong writing skills. Spoken and written knowledge of Korean, Bangla, Chinese, or another Asian language is a plus. Qualified applicants should indicate which internship they are applying for and send a resume and cover letter by Monday, February 11, 2013 to:
I will be taking a slight step back the next two weeks because I’ll be incredibly busy with New York Students Rising’s event on March 5.
New York Students Rising (NYSR) is a state-wide network of undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and allies supporting the higher education campaign. One of ECAASU’s Campus Ambassadors, Juliet Shen, is one of the organizers involved in both NYSR and Save Our SUNY. Education is a right that should be accessible to all people, not just those who can afford to pay for it. NYSR works with New York legislators to advocate and lobby for students’ rights and fair education. There is currently an act in New York called NYSUNY 2020, which will raise tuition in public universities (SUNY, CUNY, and community colleges) 30% over the span of five years. For out of state students, this means a 10% increase in tuition each year. Meanwhile, programs in the Humanities department are getting cut and others are getting downsized and remain in danger of being cut. Last year SUNY Albany lost Theater, French, Italian, Russian, and Classics. As state funding continues to dwindle, the time to act is now.
NYSR will be having a big event on March 5 at the Capitol Building in Albany, New York. We will be meeting with Senators, Assemblymen, and Governor Cuomo’s aides in an attempt to redirect the state’s focus to higher education and the students that suffer because of the state’s financial decisions. If you are able to come, please contact Juliet Shen at (480) 388-9883 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to come, please show support and tell your friends in New York who might be able to attend. Depending on the location, transportation could be provided.
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