Want to help fight the Trump administration's anti-immigrant agenda while supporting immigrants' rights and helping to end ICE detention? Then you should apply to become a volunteer!
When people are released from immigrant detention, they often need support to adjust to life on the outside. Often, people are living in a new community, or they may need support to rebuild their life with their families. In order to smooth this transition and give people the best possible chance to live happy, healthy, and productive lives, we have a Community Accompaniment Team offering case management to all clients that we bond out of detention.
What Does the Community Accompaniment Volunteer Do?
Each person that we bond out of detention will be allocated a Community Accompaniment Coordinator (CA Coord) who will organize a package of support to meet the client's needs. We call this support package a “volunteer village” who come together to help clients to navigate systems in the US and settle into their new community. Some clients, particularly those applying for asylum, may be housed with in a host home while they wait for work authorization and develop a plan for independent living.
Community Accompaniment Volunteers (CA Vols) will be allocated to a specific client's volunteer village. They will participate in support sessions with the client to help identify their needs and then help them work towards their goals. Tasks will be varied but include things like teaching basic life-skills, for example how to use the bus, how to open a bank account, how to use email. Clients may also need help in finding resources to find legal representation, engage in community activities, enrolling in ESL and so on.
- Participation in monthly team meetings
- Monthly contact with the person who has been bonded from detention
- Case management tasks as identified by the client and coordinated with the volunteer village
- Case note recording
- Quarterly online training
- Log all volunteer hours
This role is perfect for someone who wants to do something proactive to help immigrants and refugees. We are looking for energetic people who are self-motivated, and excited to be a part of ending the immigrant detention system.
- Minimum commitment of 8 hours per month
- Intermediate computing skills: Database, Word, Excel, and others.
- Pass a federal background check and provide 3 references
- Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
- Fluency in a second language (or more...)
- Degree in Education, International Development, Social Sciences, Communications, ESL, or work experience in these fields.
- Previous experience of volunteering
- Previous experience supporting refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants
- Experience working with people who have experienced trauma
- Experience working with people held in places of confinement (jails, prisons, etc.)
- Friendliness & an ability to put people at ease
- Experience in remote working
This is a flexible activity that can be completed whenever you have enough free time.
This is a remote action that can be done anywhere as long as you have the necessary time, skills, instructions and resources.