Jobs, Internships, and Volunteer Opportunities


IDP is Hiring a New Executive Director

IDP is a vibrant and growing social justice organization whose mission is to promote fundamental fairness for immigrants who have had contact with the criminal legal system. We fight to end mass criminalization, detention, and deportation through a multipronged strategy including advocacy, litigation, legal advice and training, community defense, grassroots alliances, and strategic communications. In order to advance this work, we are seeking a new Executive Director to set the vision, direction, strategy, and governance structures for the organization, and to advance our mission through effective fundraising, organizational development strategies, and by cultivating a strong, resonant external presence. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A full job description is available here.

IDP is Hiring a Paralegal

IDP is hiring a paralegal to play a key role in supporting our national hotline, through which attorneys provide legal advice to immigrants and their families and attorneys about contacts with the criminal legal system. The paralegal will work closely with the IDP attorneys and volunteers who staff the hotline and under the supervision of a Senior Staff attorney. Responsibilities include monitoring and returning messages from our national hotline, conducting intake interviews by phone, collecting documentation by email and fax, directing calls to attorneys, and maintaining and managing our hotline database. The paralegal will also play a critical role as part of IDP’s ICE raids team by gathering and managing information on ICE community and home raids. This position offers an exciting opportunity for an individual to work with immigrants and their families who are seeking legal advice, and we welcome the chance to create opportunities for creative growth and professional development in this role.

A full job description is available here.

IDP is Hiring a Senior Litigation Attorney

IDP is hiring a Senior Litigation Attorney to work in collaboration with the litigation team on strategic and impact litigation matters affecting the rights of immigrants affected by the criminal legal system. The Senior Litigation Attorney will also support IDP’s other programs, including our advocacy and legal resources teams, through legal analysis and thought partnership. Responsibilities include amicus briefing, technical assistance, and litigation support for cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, Circuit Courts of Appeals, BIA, and Immigration Courts regarding the immigration consequences of prior convictions and criminal system contact; producing practice advisories and sample pleadings; and fielding inquiries for IDP’s hotline.

A full job description is available here.


IDP is no longer accepting applications for Summer 2021 legal interns.

IDP is looking for a research intern intern this fall to assist Manny Vargas, Senior Counsel with resource updates to aid removal defense practitioners.  The position requires approximately 10 hours a week and will be done remotely. The work will involve legal research and analysis and requires some background in immigration law. Please see full description and instructions to apply here.

2021 Remote Term-Time Hotline Internship
IDP is looking for a term-time intern this coming winter/spring to assist us remotely with our hotline (approximately 10 hours a week). The work will involve conducting phone screenings and intake interviews, so there is a strong preference for Spanish fluency. Please see the full description and instructions to apply here.

Volunteer and Pro Bono Opportunities

IDP regularly works with volunteers in the following areas:

  • hotline intake and advisals
  • graphic design
  • film, webinar, and podcast production
  • web design
  • legal representation, including deportation defense, petitions for review in federal courts, habeas corpus litigation in federal courts, state post-conviction relief
  • legal research

If you are interested in volunteering with IDP or serving as pro bono counsel, please contact us at [email protected]