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Vacancy: Volunteer Legal Advocates - Asylum Access (Ecuador-Thailand-Tanzania)

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Asylum Access offices in Ecuador, Thailand and Tanzania are accepting 
applications for Volunteer Legal Advocates. I would very much appreciate 
it if you could help us distribute this information widely. This is an 
ideal position for a top-performing recent graduate. See below for more 
information.

Please send all replies to: [log in to unmask]

Best regards,

Michelle

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter
Overseas Operations Director
Asylum Access:
Making Refugee Rights a Reality in Africa, Asia, and Latin America
P.O. Box 14205
San Francisco, CA 94114 U.S.A.
(+1) 415.285.6002
www.asylumaccess.org
twitter: asylumaccess
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Vacancy: Volunteer Legal Advocate

(Positions based in Ecuador, Thailand, Tanzania)

Asylum Access, a US-based international refugee rights organization, is 
seeking experienced legal professionals to serve as Volunteer Legal 
Advocates (VLAs) in its offices in Quito, Dar es Salaam and Bangkok.

Asylum Access envisions a world where refugees are seen as people with 
rights, not just people with needs.  Asylum Access believes that by 
empowering refugees to assert their human rights, we can support the 
creation of effective, lasting solutions for refugees around the world. 
Asylum Access achieves this partly through the work of national and 
international volunteers that join the VLA program.

VLA’s have the opportunity to help make refugee rights a reality in 
Africa, Asia and Latin America. Our global VLA team is made of lawyers 
and highly-qualified law students who commit to spending at least 6 
months in Asylum Access offices abroad. They provide direct legal advice 
and representation to refugees seeking asylum or other legal status. 
VLAs receive intensive training in international refugee law, and 
practice before local offices of the United Nations High Commissioner 
for Refugees or local refugee status adjudicators. Volunteers may also 
have the opportunity to engage in policy advocacy at a national or 
international level.

The ideal applicant will be a legal professional with substantive 
knowledge of international human rights and refugee law, including 
client counseling and advocacy. The candidate should be able to build 
relationships and adapt legal strategies to fit new and/or challenging 
circumstances. Client service experience and past work with vulnerable 
populations is a plus.

Fluent professional English is essential. Professional-level Spanish is 
required for Asylum Access-Ecuador. For Asylum Access-Thailand, Thai, 
Tamil and Urdu are a plus. For Asylum Access-Tanzania, Swahili, French 
are a plus.

Please note that all Asylum Access VLA positions are unpaid; we are 
happy to work with successful applicants to arrange for funding or 
school credit where available. If selected, VLA’s are responsible for 
obtaining their visa and work permit, if applicable.

Interested applicants can view the full job description and application 
instructions:

Asylum Access Ecuador (Quito): http://tinyurl.com/4s85rlr

Asylum Access Thailand (Bangkok): http://tinyurl.com/486mu99

Asylum Access Tanzania (Dar Es Salaam): http://tinyurl.com/4addr4h

To learn more about the Asylum Access VLA program, visit our website: 
http://asylumaccess.org/AsylumAccess/get-involved/volunteer

Because of space limitations, VLA positions are awarded on a very 
competitive basis. Each year Asylum Access receives hundreds of 
applications coming from around the globe for a handful of VLA 
positions.  It is best, therefore, for applicants to submit polished, 
complete applications as early as possible.  We accept applications on a 
rolling basis. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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