Volunteering Opportunity: Legal Intern
SAFE PLACE INTERNATIONAL
Are you passionate about topics such as migration, refugees, and inclusion? Do you have experience or an interest in international law, international asylum systems, and client work? Have you got a great attention to detail? ORAM advocates for the protection of extremely vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression (SOGIE). This Legal Internship gives you the opportunity to assist with our legal program based in Athens, Greece, and work directly with LGBTIQ asylum seekers seeking protection in Greece, as well as to conduct legal research on topics such as human rights, migration, refugees, and much more.
Duties include, but may not be limited to, the following:
- Research Greek asylum system;
- Conducting one-on-one client interviews;
- Drafting legal documents to support asylum claims;
- Conducting additional legal research as required.
Desired Skills include, but may not be limited to, the following:
- A person who is interested in asylum and migration;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
- Strong grasp of Greek and EU asylum law a plus;
- Knowledge of French, Farsi, and/or Arabic a plus;
- Knowledge of issues facing LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugees;
- Ability to apply case facts to international refugee principles as applied by the UNHCR or by the relevant signatory state;
- Strong research skills;
- Empathy and professionalism;
- Ability to work with international partners;
- Ability to work remotely.
- Discipline, strong organizational skills, and attention to detail required.
HOURS: 20 hours/week, including weekly planning meeting with supervisor
About SAFE PLACE INTERNATIONAL
To Be Informed, Mill Valley, CA 94941, US
SafePlace International’s primary mission is to provide food, clothing, shelter, and emotional support in a context of safety and protection for doubly-marginalized communities, while creating a larger framework of inclusivity with clear pathways toward individual sustainability and self-actualization.
SPI was created in response to an unmet need. Countless refugees in Greece are left without safe shelter and basic services like food and guidance for their future. The most vulnerable groups of these refugees, the LGBTQI+ community and single, pregnant women are widely ignored and face added struggles and dangers. SPI’s mission is to provide food and shelter to double-marginalized communities while creating a larger framework of safety and sustainability for the people we serve. SPI envisions a world where every human being is celebrated for the unique gifts they bring. A world where sexual orientation, race, gender, class, religious orientation, physical or mental ability, and country of birth no longer separate us; a world where the recognition that the survival of our species and the planet is directly dependent on how we love and care for the most vulnerable among us.