Summer Intern: Brazilian Immigrant Center

Posted on 23. Mar, 2012 by in Jobs/Fellowships/Internships

Founded in 1995 by Brazilian Immigrants, the Brazilian Immigrant Center is a worker’s center and community nonprofit dedicated to advancing social justice through organizing, education, and legal representation. Over 16 years, BIC has established itself as the most trusted organization serving greater Boston’s large Brazilian community.

The Brazilian Immigrant Center is currently interviewing applicants for summer internship positions. Applicants will be considered for the three following BIC programs:

1) BIC’s Worker’s Rights Project

The workers rights project is BICs longest running program. The center conducts walk-in intake regarding wage and hour claims, negotiates with employers, and works with state and federal agencies to recover stolen wages. In addition to recovering wages, BIC conducts know-your-rights workshops and workplace safety trainings. The workers rights intern would be involved at all stages of the process, conduct intake, communicate with government agencies and negotiate with employers. Interns may also have the opportunity to appear on behalf of workers in small claims court with 3:03 certification and judicial approval.

2) BIC’s Immigration Justice Project

BICs Immigration Justice Project represents indigent immigrants in deportation proceedings, develops Portuguese language know-your-rights materials, hosts immigration law workshops, and assists low-income immigrants with routine immigration procedures. In particular, the project is focused on representing detained immigrants, immigrants with criminal records and others that face substantial obstacles to representation. Interns will have the opportunity to meet with clients, attend immigration court hearings, research immigration issues and generate know-your-rights materials. There may also be opportunities to help with other BIC projects. With permission of the Immigration Judge, 2Ls and 3Ls may be able to receive 3:03 certification and appear in Immigration Court.

3) BIC’s Domestic Worker Law and Policy Clinic

BICs Domestic Law and Policy Clinic is the only clinic of its kind in the country, combining organizing and direct services and focused exclusively on the rights of domestic workers. Currently, the clinic is involved in precedent-setting litigation, is developing a manual on Massachusetts domestic worker law and is training domestic workers and employers to mediate workplace disputes. An intern in this department would assist the clinics director in all aspects of the clinics work including, legal research, worker organizing, litigation and mediation training.

Applicants:
- Foreign language fluency strongly preferred (especially Portuguese and Spanish.)
- 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls will be considered.
- Please note that BIC is not able to provide compensation to summer interns. Applicants are encouraged to contact Equal Justice America, Equal Justice Works, or law school administrators regarding funding.

Contact: 
- Worker’s Rights Project: Lydia Edwards Lydia@braziliancenter.org 
- Immigration Justice Project: Schuyler Pisha: Schuyler@braziliancenter.org 
- Domestic Worker Law and Policy Clinic: Lydia Edwards Lydia@braziliancenter.org

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