Catholic Charities of Miami is continuing their tradition of hosting BC Law pro bono spring break volunteers during this semester’s spring break from March 7-11, 2022 to assist with their immigration and refugee relief work. Catholic Charities can host up to two (2) BC Law pro bono volunteers who plan to be in Miami during spring break in the event this opportunity can be held fully in-person or offer some in-person components. We seek one (1) remaining volunteer for this opportunity. This is a great way to gain legal experience while serving the community and logging pro bono hours towards the BC Law Pro Bono Program’s voluntary 50 hour pro bono pledge.
Please review the Catholic Charities of Miami website to learn more about their important work with immigrant and refugee populations. Interested students can apply by emailing to BC Law’s Public Interest and Pro Bono Program Director, Michelle Grossfield:
- confirmation of your plans to be in Miami during spring break;
- a brief statement of interest and relevant experience; and
- a pdf version resume, noting an language skills.
Volunteers will be selected based on interest, relevant experience and timeliness of application until all volunteer opportunities are filled.
BC Law Pro Bono Spring Break Opportunity
Pro bono volunteers should be available Monday through Friday during spring break week and will likely have access to the office space in Miami and be invited to any staff meetings that occur during the week. Opportunities include helping with orientation sessions and intakes at an immigration court help desk, observing court proceedings at the Miami Immigration Court, and working with clients and attorneys by helping prepare pro se asylum applications for unaccompanied minors and family groups.
Ideally, volunteers should have some additional language skills, preferably Spanish or Haitian Creole. This allows for more and better client contact. There may also be opportunities to help with country conditions research, possibly briefing an appeal.