justice AmeriCorps Massachusetts
Justice AmeriCorps Massachusetts, a project of MIRA, is part of a nationwide public service initiative to provide much-needed legal representation to unaccompanied children under 16 as they navigate complex immigration court proceedings. These children, who have crossed the U.S. border without a parent or guardian, are as young as 5 and have fled extreme violence and poverty in their home countries. They are not guaranteed any representation in court, and without legal assistance, the likelihood that they will be sent back to these horrific conditions is high.
Working in partnership with legal services agencies across the state, justice AmeriCorps Massachusetts has placed five AmeriCorps attorneys at legal service organizations in Massachusetts to provide legal assistance to unaccompanied children. Justice AmeriCorps members not only provide a crucial service; they also gain valuable legal experience working with clients and legal services agencies and representing clients in immigration court.
Eligibility requirements for justice AmeriCorps:
- U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident
- Must hold a J.D. degree and have passed a state bar exam (Massachusetts preferred)
- Applicants must consent in writing to undergo a National Service Criminal History Check
- Spanish language knowledge preferred
A justice AmeriCorps Massachusetts member commits to a full-time, 12-month service position (1,700 hours) while receiving a living stipend of $25,060, health benefits, legal training, deferral of educational loans, and an education award upon completion of service.