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Somali Interpretation Volunteers Needed- Advocate for Immigrants and Refugees

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University of Minnesota Law School's Center for New Americans

  • 16 people are interested

Do you want to use your language skills to break down communication barriers, and advocate for immigrants?

Become a Translation and Interpretation Project volunteer at the Binger Center for New Americans!

The Binger Center for New Americans is a clinic in immigration law at the University of Minnesota Law School that provides legal services to noncitizens, advocates for changes in immigration laws, and supports noncitizens in the region through education and community outreach.

Clear communication between clients and legal representatives is key to ensuring the best relief options- from being released from detention on bond, to understanding one’s rights. As a TIPS volunteer, you will work directly with clients and legal representatives to provide critical information about immigration, housing, taxes, and more.

Be an active volunteer within the community, while connecting with other volunteers and learning about the legal advocacy space.

No background in interpretation/translation or immigration law is required, just a willingness to learn! We are getting an increase in Somali interpretation requests and are actively recruiting volunteers.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, volunteer opportunities are currently remote.

Interested? Fill out the form below and reach out to Marcail Distante, Mdistant@umn.edu with any questions.


Learn more about the Binger Center here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGq7F1Kn2SM

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About University of Minnesota Law School's Center for New Americans


190 Walter F. Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to expand urgently needed legal services for noncitizens, pursue litigation that will improve our nation's immigration laws, and educate noncitizens about their rights.


The University of Minnesota Law School's Center for New Americans, the only program of its kind in the U.S., was designed in partnership with leading area law firms and non-profit immigration legal services.

Founded in 2013 with generous support from the Robina Foundation, the Center is home to three dynamic clinics and an integrated education and outreach program that offer students unparalleled, hands-on educational experiences.

Partners of the Center for New Americans include the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, The Advocates for Human Rights, and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and the law firms of Faegre Baker Daniels; Robins Kaplan; and Dorsey & Whitney.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


229 19th Ave SouthMinneapolis, MN 55455


  • Advocacy
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Interpreter
  • Translation
  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Flexible shifts and time commitments depending on your interest and availability.

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