Jobs at AALDEF


We are seeking law students to work at AALDEF in summer 2017.Attorneys work in the following program areas:

-Anti-Trafficking Initiative: Provide direct legal representation to victims and survivors of human trafficking by drafting petitions for immigration relief, conduct legal research and writing, engage in outreach, community education, and advocacy on the rights of exploited and abused workers.  

-Community Health Care Initiative: legal research, community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access;

-Economic Justice for Workers: legal research, advocacy and direct representation on behalf of Asian immigrant workers experiencing wage-and-hour, retaliation, and workplace safety violations in the restaurant, nail salon, domestic worker, and other low-wage industries.   

-Educational Equity: community education, policy work, research, and litigation concerning educational equity in higher education.

-Housing & Environmental Justice: research and policy work on gentrification and other land use issues affecting low-income and Asian immigrant communities.

-Immigrant Access to Justice: litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach with communities affected by post 9/11 immigration and law enforcement policies. An additional emphasis on Asian communities' access to representation and education about immigration policies and practices that may impact them, including deferred action policies and administrative relief for undocumented youth and other immigrants, unconstitutional DHS stops, and collaboration between state/local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement. **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, produce reports and organize public forums, assist in organizing election protection volunteers, legal trainings and follow up for the 2016 and 2017 elections.

Description of Summer Internship Program:
The summer program is ten weeks, from June 5 through August 11, 2017.  Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas.  Depending on what work needs to be done in each of the program areas, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis.  Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding.  Academic credit can be arranged.

To Apply:
-Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to be received by AALDEF on or before Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the address below.  Please indicate in your cover letter the top three preferred program areas.  Only law students qualify for AALDEF's legal internships.  Applications may be faxed or emailed

-Any bilingual ability should be stated in the application.  Bilingual ability is helpful but not required.  Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Gujarati, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Indonesian and Urdu-speaking applicants are especially urged to apply. 

-Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the January 18, 2017 deadline. Interviewing will take place on a rolling basis.  Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis. Only applicants who have been given interviews will be notified of their advancement in the application process.

Summer Internship Search (Legal)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, New York 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303  Email:

For more information, contact: Annie J. Wang at 212-966-5932 x213 or 
*Please do NOT email applications to Annie J. Wang.

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-Write media releases, print and online newsletters, emails to media professionals, letters to the editor, op-eds, and other documents as needed. 

-Write fact sheets, backgrounders, and position papers on AALDEF campaigns.

-Work closely with the executive director and attorneys in crafting messages for press spokespeople. Recommend and develop new story angles and pitches for the media.

-Manage AALDEF's website and online communications, including social media posts, action alerts, and other vehicles to engage constituencies and key audiences.

-Develop and update media lists; monitor media coverage of AALDEF and Asian American issues.

-2+ years of print/online journalism or communications experience in a nonprofit organization.

-Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills, with attention to details and a commitment to quality control.

-Demonstrated ability to operate in high-pressure situations with quick turnaround for written products.

-Strong understanding of civil rights issues and the Asian American community.

-Experience in managing websites. Knowledge of Movable Type, WordPress, and Photoshop preferred.

-Ability to translate legal concepts into accessible language for press materials. 

-Ability to develop story angles in a creative manner, seize media opportunities, identify media trends, and successfully pitch and place stories. 

-Self-starter, with ability to manage multiple tasks to meet deadlines.

Commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits package, including health and dental benefits and TransitCheks for public transportation.

About the organization:
AALDEF does precedent-setting litigation, advocacy, and community education in the areas of economic justice for workers, immigrants' rights, anti-trafficking, educational equity, voting rights, and post-9/11 civil liberties issues.  Website: Facebook: Twitter: @aaldef. 

To Apply:
Candidates should submit a letter of interest (including a desired salary range, if any), resume, three unedited writing samples, and three references. The position will be filled as soon as possible. No phone calls. Please send to:

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12F
New York, NY 10013-2815
Attn: J. Weng (please put "Communications job" in the subject line)


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