New Sanctuary Coalition runs a weekly remote clinic staffed by non-attorney volunteers and supervised by experienced immigrants rights organizers and immigration lawyers. The clinic helps people identify ways to get relief from deportation and detention; access other immigration-related benefits; understand their rights so they can fight their own case; apply for asylum; prepare for court appearances or interviews; and much more. Our main clinic takes place on Wednesday evenings 6:00pm-9:30pm. A smaller daytime clinic runs on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 12:00pm-4:00pm.
We're seeing tremendous growth in the number of immigrants — the people we call “Friends,” not clients — seeking help and we're looking for new volunteers (while we especially need fluent Spanish speakers, all are welcome). This training will provide an introduction to New Sanctuary, an overview of pro se clinic policies and procedures, and specific information on volunteer roles.
A few important guidelines:
- All clinic volunteers must be trained before they participate in clinic.
- Remote clinic is held over Zoom (interpreters also use WhatsApp) so you must be willing and able to use these platforms.
Please note that we can only onboard 18-20 new volunteers each week across the daytime and evening clinics, in order to ensure that Friends have enough experienced volunteers on their teams. With 150+ people expected to register for this training, we ask that you understand it may be several weeks before you are able to join a clinic team.
New York, NY
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