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Volunteer Opportunities

Spring Break Border Project

For over 14 years, each Spring Break, law students, under the supervision of Clinic faculty, have traveled to Harlingen, Texas, near the US-Mexico border, to provide legal assistance to immigrants and refugees being held in detention by the Department of Homeland Security. Students participating in this service trip have the opportunity to visit detention facilities (including juvenile detention facilities), interview clients, assisted with factual and legal research, present cases in court and otherwise assisted the work of attorneys and paralegals at ProBAR, a not-for-profit organization dedicating to serving immigrants and refugees in detention. Applications for the trip are accepted in January.

Volunteer Interpreters and Translators

The Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic works with clients from around the world, many of whom are not fluent in English. The Clinic often has the need for assistance from volunteer interpreters and translators to help with a variety of projects: from translation of documents—such as birth certificates, death certificates, political party cards--to translation of more detailed statements, to providing ongoing interpretation for client meetings and case preparation. The time commitment varies. Fluency in legal terminology is not required. Accuracy, understanding of professional responsibility obligations and a signed statement from you that all information will be kept confidential are required.

For more information, please attend an informational session or contact Jenny Freundt at​​​