2022 Host Organization Request for Proposals
General Program Information
Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) is the country’s first dedicated immigration fellowship program. IJC recruits the nation’s most talented law graduates and connects them with premier legal service institutions, to reduce the justice gap for immigrant families.
We are now recruiting for our ninth class of Fellows who will join the program in the fall of 2022.
Justice Fellows: Justice Fellows provide direct legal services on complex immigration matters, including but not limited to asylum, removal defense, VAWA, and SIJ, T, and U-visa applications.
Community Fellows: Community Fellows work on “light touch” cases such as naturalization, TPS, green card renewals, consular processing, and straightforward adjustment of status cases. Applications to serve as a Community Fellow site can be accepted at this time but decisions and matching will occur in the spring. We will make decisions about Host Organizations working only with Community Fellows at that time. However, it is helpful for us to understand Host Organizations’ potential plans for both Justice Fellows and Community Fellows before we make decisions about Justice Fellow placements.
RFP Scope & Timeline: This year we will be evaluating Justice Fellow applications and Host Organization applications together in the fall. Host Organization applicants may apply to host 2 Justice Fellows or 1 Justice Fellow and 1 Community Fellow. We prefer to place Fellows in pairs, either 2 Justice Fellows or 1 Justice Fellow and 1 Community Fellow, though we have occasionally placed a single Fellow.
Organization-Fellow Matching Process: Once we have selected finalists for Fellow positions and Host Organizations, we will engage in a matching process similar to what we have done in the past – giving finalist Fellow applicants and Host Organization applicants information about each other and asking them to give rankings of 1, 2, or 3 based on whether the Fellow/Host would rank the other as a top choice, a good choice, or a less desirable choice. IJC will then make an offer to the Fellow finalist and host organization together, i.e. Jane Doe will go to Non-Profit X. The Fellow finalist and the prospective Host Organization will then have one week to tell IJC whether they accept the match or not. If either the Fellow finalist or the Host Organization finalist declines the match, there is no guarantee that another offer with a different Fellow/Host will be extended.
We believe that this matching process results in: (1) host organizations and Justice Fellows knowing their placement earlier in the year; (2) Host Organization finalists and Fellow finalists being able to speak with each other before making a final decision; (3) Fellow applicants being able to ask questions of current and prior Fellows about practice areas, supervision, and benefits before making a decision.
In October, IJC will convene a Selection Committee meeting, bringing together representatives from current and former Host Organizations, IJC alumni, academics, and other thought leaders to review Justice Fellowship applicants. The Selection Committee has been an integral part of the selection process and ensures IJC’s high standards of selection. Following the Selection Committee convening, IJC will interview Justice Fellow candidates throughout November. Justice Fellow and Host Organization finalists will engage in the matching process in early December and IJC will extend offers to Fellows and Host Organizations by early January.
All new Fellows will join their Host Organization’s payroll on August 31, 2022 and commence work before October 2022 following an extensive IJC-led three-week training.