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
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Overseas Operations Director
Making Refugee Rights a Reality in Africa, Asia, and Latin America
P.O. Box 14205
San Francisco, CA 94114 U.S.A.
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
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
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:
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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