The Abuse Documentation Working Group of No More Deaths is looking for two summer interns to help with a new research project that will be followed by an advocacy campaign. The focus of the project is to document the myriad of ways in which people who have been deported to Mexico have had money lost or stolen within the immigration detention system. For example, if someone is detained crossing the border, their money in dollars goes into an account (that often they are never able to access again) or money in pesos, if they don’t get their belongings back in time, is “destroyed”.
Our goal is to systematically document all of the ways that immigrants’ money is taken in the detention process, estimate just how much money is being taken and where it is going, campaign for policy changes to enable them to keep their own resources, and develop tools for helping people access their own money again after being deported without it.
Interns will spend 2 days a week in Mexico at the border providing support services to people who have been deported and conducting interviews about experiences with lost or stolen money. Other activities will include background research on governmental and private detention facilities, data management, and helping with writing for the report. The position is primarily based in Tucson, AZ with weekly travel to Nogales, Sonora.
Ability to dedicate at least 20 hours a week
Spanish Conversational Fluency
Experienced working with immigration or detention issues
Experience with interviewing/surveys
Someone with their own vehicle
Previous experience with No More Deaths
Appropriate for either graduate or undergraduate students (work will be adapted based on skills), or non-students.
We are a volunteer-run organization and unable to pay a stipend, however free housing will be provided if needed, and transportation expenses reimbursed. Some help with food may also be available if needed.
Please send a cover letter and a resume to Hannah Hafter,
, Abuse Documentation and Advocacy Coordinator, by April 21st. Interviews and selection will take place within the following week.