Mabel Center for Immigrant Justice

The Mabel Center for Immigrant Justice provides free legal representation and advice to families seeking asylum that have been separated at the border, detained in family detention centers and/ or returned to Mexico upon seeking asylum at the southern border. Our staff of two attorneys, a paralegal and legal assistant represent around 100 asylum-seekers at various stages of the legal process obtaining asylum. We meet several times with clients to earn their trust and learn what persecution they have suffered in order to prepare asylum applications, work permit applications, and clients for their asylum hearings in Immigration Court.

Mabel Center fights for women and children who have escaped unimaginable violent persecution Our ultimate impact is achieved through helping clients fight for justice and safety. Mabel Center advocacy gives women, many who have been dehumanized, a renewed faith in justice, a sense that their lives matter, and the ability to work and live without fear of being separated from their families or returned to the danger they fled.

Given the increasing challenges of preparing a successful asylum claim, Mabel Center would benefit from a Princeton student’s assistance in preparing asylum claims for court. Additionally, when we have had student interns in the past, we have significantly increased the numbers of clients for whom we can prepare and submit asylum and work permit applications.

City/State

Arlington, MA

Internship Description

Mabel Center can offer a Princeton student the opportunity to work closely with our team, giving them exposure and experience in the practice of immigration law, the policy issues affecting immigration law, and the complexities of working with undocumented clients. Types of assignments will vary depending on the most pressing needs of our clients, but will include some or all of the following:

  • Research & writing
  • Interviewing clients by phone in Spanish
  • Preparing work permit applications
  • Preparing court filings
  • Observing Immigration Court hearings
  • Assisting with social media posts regarding immigration policy
  • Trial preparation
  • Students will be trained to use our case management system.
# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10

Flexible

 9:30am 5:30pm Yes No In person

Housing Information

We are right next to Cambridge, where there are generally numerous options for short term rentals while college students leave for the summer.

Internship Qualifications

  • Spanish fluency required
  • Excellent communication, writing and research skills
  • Proficiency in online research 
  • Cultural competency in working with immigrants and disadvantaged populations

Additional Qualifications

  • Passion for working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Interest and or experience serving low-income persons, immigrants and/or other under-served, under-represented populations
  • Spanish language strongly preferred
  • Word, Excel, Outlook, Westlaw and PowerPoint skills preferred
  • Interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with the public preferred

Writing Sample Required?

2-5 page paper of intern's choosing

Special Requirements

  • Vaccinations

Additional Information

In rare cases, impending asylum trials may require limited commitments outside of regular work hours.