Asylum Access

Asylum Access is an innovative, US-based international nonprofit dedicated to making refugee rights a reality in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Be Part of the Solution: Volunteer with Asylum Access!

Asylum Access depends on volunteer staff who work in our US office, on the ground overseas, or virtually. They are our greatest resource!


Volunteer in the US

US-based volunteers can help Asylum Access with on-line research, communications, community outreach, event planning, donor relationships, graphic design, one-time volunteer opportunities and much more.

Asylum Access is currently recruiting US-based volunteers for the following specific positions:

  • Development Manager
  • Chatline Coordinator


Intern with Asylum Access in San Francisco

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (ideally an analytical or opinion piece) to Volunteer Coordinator Julissa Llosa. Please be sure to specify in your cover letter what skills you possess that would be helpful to Asylum Access, your reasons for wanting to volunteer with us, and the dates that you expect to be available.


Volunteer Abroad

Asylum Access is looking for volunteer lawyers and highly-qualified law students who can commit to spending 6 months or more in Africa, Asia or Latin America, providing legal counsel and representation to refugees seeking asylum or other legal status.

Volunteer legal advocates receive an intensive training in international refugee law, and practice before local offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or local refugee status adjudicators. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to engage in policy advocacy at a national or international level. All volunteers are responsible for their own travel and living expenses.

Asylum Access is currently recruiting volunteer legal advocates for its refugee legal aid projects in Ecuador, Thailand and Tanzania. We accept applications and offer acceptances on a rolling basis.


Program Highlights

  • Development Training – Throughout your work with us, Asylum Access will support you with a series of tools to maximize your programmatic work and your understanding of refugee law and practice. Initially, you’ll receive thorough training in international and domestic refugee law. Regular training and debriefing sessions will offer you the chance to enhance and process your experience and share insight about cross-cultural issues.
  • Casework – Once you join our team, you will be responsible for your own casework, which you will see through preparation, submission and results. This will give you an invaluable experience and lasting ties with your clients.
  • Joining our network – After working with us, you will be connected with an ever-growing network of refugee legal advocates around the world, which circulates job openings, research opportunities, refugee news, and more.


How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for more than one office, please submit separate applications. Further, please be sure to include the dates which you are or expect to be available in your cover letter. (Email inquiries only, no phone calls please).

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