Job Description

Legal Intern/Volunteer

About Us

The Afghanistan & Central Asian Association (ACAA) is an award-winning charity founded by Dr Nooralhaq Nasimi, who arrived as a refugee in the back of a refrigerated container with his young family in 1999. The charity has steadily grown since its’ inception in 2000 and has a solid reputation for high quality, culturally sensitive services based on utilising the lived experience of its’ Director, Trustees, staff and volunteers. We support and promote social and economic integration of an increasing number of Afghan and other refugees. The approach taken by our founding Director, Dr Nasimi, and ACAA has always focused on the importance of lived experience and to this day, we remain a user-led refugee charity with refugees at the centre of our work as trustees, staff, volunteers and advisors, bringing a wealth of experience of the challenges of migration but also the integration solutions which have worked for them.

ACAA’s work has been recognised with a range of prestigious awards including Queens Award for Voluntary Service, Refugee Support Service of the Year 2019, Community Award 2019; whilst Dr. Nasimi received a British Citizen Award 2020 and MBE (January 2023).

Key Duties

We are looking for volunteers to join our legal advice team who offer advice and guidance to refugees. You will work with the Legal Advice Worker to manage the legal clinic. This role would particularly suit a law student or graduate with an interest in family, housing and immigration matters. You will work with pro-bono solicitors/lawyers to refer clients.

  • To act as a point of contact for law firms providing pro bono services to the ACAA’s beneficiaries.
  • To follow up with solicitors about legal support provided to clients between every legal advice session.
  • Carry out administration work.
  • To promote and advertise the ACAA’s legal services.
  • To write and proofread external communications from the ACAA.
  • To write and proof read blog posts and articles for the ACAA.
  • To assist individuals who ask the charity for legal assistance by providing basic information.
  • To work with other volunteers to secure funding for ACAA legal services.

Skills:

  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Working knowledge of basic legal principles
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Interest in international affairs and the ‘refugee crisis’

Desirable Criteria

Skills:

  • A second language, preferably Farsi, Dari or Pashto
  • Legal and media networking abilities

Experience:

  • Previous record of working for the charity sector
  • Previous record of working with migrants
  • Previous work with a legal advice service or clinic.

Job Types: Volunteer, Internship

Salary: £0.10 per year

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: In person


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