2023 Host Organization Request for Proposals
Opens Jun 14 2022 12:00 AM (EDT)
Deadline Oct 5 2022 11:59 PM (EDT)
Description

                                                                                 


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 2023.  

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. Decisions about Host Organizations applying to host Justice Fellows (only or with a Community Fellow) will be made in the late summer/early fall while decisions on Community Fellow placements will occur in late winter/early spring. Please note that being selected to host a Justice Fellow does not automatically mean you will also be selected to host a Community Fellow.

RFP Scope & Timeline: This year we will be evaluating Host Organization applications prior to evaluating Justice Fellow applications 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.

Fellow Selection Timeline: 

In November, 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 applications. 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 mid-late December and IJC will extend offers to Fellows and Host Organizations by early-mid January.

All new Fellows will join their Host Organization’s payroll on August 31, 2023 and commence work before October 2023 following an intensive IJC-led three-week training.   



2023 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 2023.  

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. Decisions about Host Organizations applying to host Justice Fellows (only or with a Community Fellow) will be made in the late summer/early fall while decisions on Community Fellow placements will occur in late winter/early spring. Please note that being selected to host a Justice Fellow does not automatically mean you will also be selected to host a Community Fellow.

RFP Scope & Timeline: This year we will be evaluating Host Organization applications prior to evaluating Justice Fellow applications 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.

Fellow Selection Timeline: 

In November, 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 applications. 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 mid-late December and IJC will extend offers to Fellows and Host Organizations by early-mid January.

All new Fellows will join their Host Organization’s payroll on August 31, 2023 and commence work before October 2023 following an intensive IJC-led three-week training.   



Opens
Jun 14 2022 12:00 AM (EDT)
Deadline
Oct 5 2022 11:59 PM (EDT)