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12.21.2010

aaldef spring 2011 internships

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the first organization on the East Coast to protect and promote the legal rights of Asian Americans through litigation, legal advocacy, and community education, is looking for undergraduate, graduate and law students to fill interships for spring 2011. Internships are available for the following program areas:
Anti-Trafficking Initiative, legal research and writing related to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as well as outreach, community education, and advocacy on the rights of women and youth trafficking survivors. **Law students ONLY**

Economic Justice for Workers, litigation on behalf of garment, restaurant, and other low wage workers.

New Jersey Asian American Legal Project, community outreach, education, and legal services to Asian Americans in New Jersey, as well as community organizing and litigation on employment-related claims for Asian immigrant workers in New Jersey. Must have Gujarati or Korean language ability.

Educational Equity and Youth Rights, legal services, policy work, community education, research and litigation concerning educational equity, juvenile justice, language access, and anti-Asian harassment.

Housing & Environmental Justice Project, responsibilities include coordinating multi-city land use survey, community outreach, and general support for community planning and anti-displacement projects.

Immigrant Access to Justice, litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach with communities impacted by 9-11, including special interest detainees, special registration, voluntary interviews by the government, the 9-11 absconder initiative, and local and state enforcement of immigration laws. **Law students ONLY**

Voting Rights, legal research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, and the redrawing of local, state and federal district lines; produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings.
Interns are supervised by attorneys and/or AALDEF staff in specific program areas, and work anywhere between 8 to 25 hours per week. Internships are unpaid, but academic credit can be arranged.

Any bilingual ability should be stated in the resume. Bilingual ability is helpful but not required. Applications should also state the number of hours the intern is able to work per week and which program area(s) you are interested in. Email applications are accepted. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter (law students should include a writing sample) to:

AALDEF Spring Intern Search
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor, New York, New York 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303 or Email: info@aaldef.org

For more information, contact Jennifer Weng at 212-966-5932, ext. 212 or jweng@aaldef.org. And to learn more about the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, go to the AALDEF website here.