Volunteer

Accompaniment Program

The Accompaniment Program is a method through which allied individuals, organizations, and congregations provide solidarity to individuals facing deportation or contact with immigration officials.

The accompaniment process supported by RAICES allows volunteers and community members to build mutual, long-term relationships to stop the deportation, serve as a witness in spaces of injustice, and collectively grow as community leaders in the fight for immigrant rights. Accompaniment volunteer opportunities can be found in Texas only.

Ways you can get involved:

  • Attending an ICE Check-in or Ankle monitor Check-in
  • Assisting in bond payment process
  • Court Accompaniment – Opportunity for you to witness court proceedings

Accompaniment volunteers should be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license or ID.

Sign up as a volunteer below; under “Accompaniment” click on the types of Accompaniment you are interested in assisting with.

Advocacy and Outreach

Change cannot happen with a few, change happens when we rally together! If you are a community member who wants to change the way immigrant families are treated in your local community consider joining our advocacy efforts.

Ways you can get involved:

  • Assist with Know Your Rights trainings;
  • Attend a Tuesdays @ RAICES event in San Antonio;
  • Host a community fundraiser or donation drive;
  • Inquire about our Learn & Lucha podcast activity;
  • And more.

Sign up as a volunteer below; under “Interests” click on “Advocacy & Outreach.”

Legal Clinics

Legal clinics are a direct way to support the immigrant community in Texas. Throughout our offices, we host a variety of legal clinics including DACA renewal clinics, Power of Attorney clinics, and Naturalization clinics.

Assistance at a legal clinic will range from welcoming families and signing them to doing initial intakes. Based on linguistic skills, tasks will vary. Legal Clinic volunteer opportunities can be found in Texas only.

Ways you can get involved:

  • Assist RAICES staff at a clinic;
  • Invite RAICES staff to host clinic in your community.

Legal clinic volunteers should be 18 or older.

Sign up as a volunteer below; under “Interests” click on “Legal Clinics.”

Post Release Support

Our post release work provides direct services to families recently released from detention, including assistance at the downtown San Antonio bus station to review travel documents and provide brief legal orientations.

If you are passionate about helping immigrant families and are willing to volunteer in South Texas then Post Release Support is right for you!

What kind of volunteer are we looking for?

  • Fluent Spanish speaker;
  • High level of patience and flexibility;
  • Detail oriented and willing to work in a fast paced environment;
  • Team-oriented but can function independently.

Post Release volunteers should be 18 or older.

Sign up as a volunteer below; under “Interests” click on “Post Release Support.”

Sanctuary

Are you a member of a faith-based community? Do you own a business and want to learn more about how to support your immigrant community? RAICES can work with you to inform your organization or group about how to provide sanctuary to your community.

Ways you can get involved:

  • Sanctuary presentations to inform your group of ways to support immigrant families
  • Immigration 101 to support your in developing knowledge about immigration issues
  • Know Your Rights presentations and Know Your Rights Train-the-Trainer presentations
  • Immigration Accompaniment

Sign up as a volunteer below; under “Interests” click on “Sanctuary.”

Translation

The RAICES Translation Team is a network of translators across the world that can offer our staff in-person and remote translation assistance. Each day, volunteers on the Translation Team provide document translations used for cases and in-person translations for our programs.

Ways you can get involved:

  • Translate documents for cases remotely;
  • Translate for our attorneys or programs in-person or remotely;
  • Assist in providing all RAICES documents in multiple languages.

Translation team volunteers should be 18 or older and be fluent in the language(s) the volunteer specifies.

Sign up as a volunteer below; under “Interests” click on “Translations.”

Karnes Pro Bono Project

If you are passionate in helping detained immigrants and are willing to volunteer in South Texas, then the Karnes Pro Bono Project (KPBP) is right for you! The RAICES KPBP provides free legal services to families detained at Karnes County Residential Center in hopes to have them released to seek asylum in the United States.

What kind of volunteer are we looking for?

  • Fluent Spanish speaker;
  • Legal, social work, or medical background;
  • High level of patience and flexibility;
  • Team-oriented but can function independently.

Please be advised that our biggest need for the Karnes Pro Bono Project is Spanish-speaking attorneys with an asylum law background.

Karnes Pro Bono volunteers should be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license or ID.

Sign up as a Karnes Pro Bono volunteer HERE.

Internships

We have internship opportunities for semester- and year-long placements at various RAICES locations. Undergraduate, graduate, and law students are welcome to apply.

Internship applications are posted three times a year before the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Interviews are granted on a rolling basis and all applicants are required to apply via our job listing page and upload a resume (including references) and cover letter in the online application. It should be noted that RAICES internship positions are currently unpaid.

To see which internships are currently available and to apply, please visit this page.
If you have any further questions, please email us at [email protected]

Student and Youth Involvement Opportunities

If you are a high school or college student, you are part of a student group or organization, or you are a teacher, there are ways to get students and individuals younger than 18 involved. Here at RAICES we believe that education is one of our strongest tools for creating change in the future and is one of the most powerful methods youth, students, and teachers can use to get involved.

Below are student and youth involvement opportunities:

  • Co-host an on-campus or community discussion about immigration topics;
  • Collaborate with RAICES on a fundraiser or donation drive for specific needs of the community we serve;
  • Coordinate student group volunteer trips to our San Antonio location to learn more about RAICES, the community we serve, and volunteer with some of our programs;
  • Other general group volunteer or involvement opportunities.

If your student group or organization is interested in getting involved, please fill out this online form. You will be contacted by the Youth Outreach and Internship Coordinator shortly after submission.

The Canopy Project

The Canopy Project will be a nationwide network of people and organizations who are committed to supporting asylum-seekers as they navigate the often complicated legal process.

Currently, RAICES is hard at work finalizing this program’s details and volunteers will soon be able to sign up. However, for now, you can learn more about The Canopy Project HERE.

Look forward for more information about this project and how to get involved this upcoming new year.