Our volunteer network is made up of hundreds of highly-skilled attorneys, doctors, counselors, and other professionals who donate their time and expertise to help us further our mission. This talented group of professional volunteers at American Gateways significantly amplifies the impact of your donation.
American Gateways’ panel of more than 300 volunteer attorneys brings the region’s best legal minds to bear in support of our clients. All pro bono attorneys with American Gateways will have access to one-on-one mentorship, regular trainings, office support, and the latest legal resources. To learn more, sign up below or contact Edna Yang. ATTORNEY VOLUNTEER FORM
Beyond legal casework, American Gateways has a number of volunteer opportunities, ranging from translation and interpretation services, to administrative work, to psychological counseling and forensic medical exams. To learn more, sign up below or contact Sarahi Calderon.
We offer internships to undergraduate, graduate, and law students in the fall, spring, and summer terms. All internship opportunities are currently offered remotely, with potential opportunities for in-person activities pending COVID-19 developments. Please see the internship schedule and use the QR code below to apply.
Thank you for your interest in supporting immigrants and asylum seekers living in or detained in Central Texas!
- Fall Term:
- Apply by September 30
- Spring Term:
- Apply by February 29
- Law students wanting to volunteer during Spring Break should apply as a group as early as possible. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
- Summer Term:
- Apply by May 31
Bilingual Legal Caseworker (Waco Office)
The Legal Caseworker will be responsible for supporting the legal team, screening potential clients, and general office management duties. The ideal candidate for this position has a strong work ethic, works well on their own and in a team, has exceptional problem-solving skills, and is comfortable working in a fast-paced and dynamic workplace. This position is located in Waco, Texas.
Staff Attorney (Austin office)
The staff attorney will provide high quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants throughout Central Texas. Responsibilities include representing immigrants who qualify for VAWA, U visas, T visas, representation, and consultations for potential asylum seekers, family-based clients, those detained by ICE, and other immigrants who may qualify for immigration relief. Staff attorneys are also required to maintain program statistics, client databases and files, and provide reports as required. Education and outreach to the immigrant community on various legal issues may also be required of the staff attorney.
“I have witnessed firsthand the tremendous positive impact that American Gateways has on the immigrant community in Austin. Working on a number of asylum matters under the guidance of the American Gateways staff has been some of the most meaningful work of my professional career.”
Legal Director, Litigation, Dell, Inc.
“American Gateways is at the forefront of protecting vulnerable immigrants in Central Texas. It is a pleasure to work on pro bono cases for them and to feel supported by their expertise.”
Staff Attorney at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (TRLA)
“I was born in Durango, Mexico and moved to Texas when I was 5 years old with my mother and brother. I grew up in Eagle Pass, TX on the Texas/Mexico border with the most beautiful extended family.
There were difficult family circumstances that forced my mother to leave everything behind and raise my brother and I in the US. My mother knew very little English and had zero knowledge about the legal systems in the US. We were fortunate to have a large and loving family in Texas who helped us financially, emotionally and spiritually
We were also very fortunate to have a legal path to citizenship through my maternal grandmother. Regardless, it was a very long and expensive process. I arrived in the US at age 5 and was granted citizenship my junior year of high school at age 17.
My mother and I are no different from the women and children served by American Gateways. When I think of the sacrifice they make to leave all they know behind and come to the US I think of COURAGE. They are here to make something more for themselves and their families. They want to rewrite their stories.
There is no way my mom and I would have made it through without the support and compassion of others and I want to pay it forward. American Gateways is providing me that opportunity. Every document I translate is someone’s past being translated for their new future.”
American Gateways Volunteer