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Thank you for your interest in joining the International Rights Advocates team!  We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

Washington, D.C. Human Rights Paralegal - Permanent, Full time

International Rights Advocates (IRAdvocates), a small human rights organization, seeks a full-time paralegal to assist Executive Director and lead attorney Terrence Collingsworth in all phases of litigation. All cases are administered through Washington, D.C., and handled by a small team of dedicated professionals.

The applicant must have at least two years of paralegal experience, preferably in civil litigation, and possess the ability to work independently under time constraints. The applicant should also possess excellent communication, research, and writing/proofreading skills, as well as a commitment to contributing to public interest law and/or human rights advocacy. Please note that this position could require travel outside the U.S. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. IRAdvocates is an equal opportunity employer.


The paralegal is responsible for performing a variety of duties to assist the Executive Director in all phases of litigation and appeal, including discovery, trial, post-trial and appellate phases. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Filings: Prepare and file pleadings, briefs, and other documents through electronic filing systems and/or manually at all court levels; conduct blue book and citation checks, proofread and edit pleadings; ensure compliance with local rules of procedure for filings; communicate with clerk's offices when needed.
  • Discovery: organize case files; assist in the preparation of discovery requests and responses; review and organize defendants' discovery responses; organize incoming and outgoing document production; conduct document review; prepare witness materials for depositions; assist in reviewing documents for privilege and preparing privilege logs.
  • Case development: conduct fact research, communicate with clients and witnesses; review testimony from depositions and declarations; examine client files obtained from field work; translate client statements and supporting documents.
  • Hearings and Trial: prepare materials for conferences and binders for hearings; assemble exhibits and required documents for trials; coordinate trial details with attorneys and legal assistant.
  • Administrative: maintain case calendars; collect and organize invoices; manage application process for potential new hires; communicate with Colombian paralegal; translate and interpret Spanish communications; liaison with technical support; update IRAdvocates website; be involved in fundraising and publicity efforts


  • Bachelor's Degree or Paralegal Certification required
  • Minimum two years of litigation paralegal experience required
  • Experience filing in Federal and State trial and appellate courts required
  • Blue Booking and cite checking experience required
  • Proficiency in Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) required
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred
  • Summation (and/or other document management) experience preferred


  • Strong organizational, problem solving, and communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and handle numerous projects in a timely and efficient manner
  • Willingness to work in a small team environment
  • Fast and efficient learner
  • Ability to work occasional overtime
  • Experience working with and relating to indigenous peoples in various regions of the world, including the Global South, especially concerning human rights

To Apply: Please email your resume and a cover letter to with the subject line "Human Rights Paralegal Position."

Washington, D.C. Legal Internship - Summer 2016

Position Responsibilities:

• Conducting legal research particular to multinational corporate accountability litigation, including under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and state and foreign law;
• Drafting legal memoranda concerning relevant issues in pending cases;
• Conducting factual research to assist in filing complaints against multinational corporations and further case development;
• Assisting in preparations for conducting and defending depositions and responding to document requests and interrogatories;
• Producing blog posts;
• Organizing panel discussions on current legal topics related to international human rights and corporate accountability litigation;
• Attending oral arguments and law-related panels and events.

Preferred Position Qualifications:

• ONLY J.D. candidates may apply for this position (rising 2L and above).
• Must posses a strong interest in using the law as a vehicle for social change.
• Experience or course work relating to the research of jurisdictional, tort, corporate and international law issues.
• Some study or experience with human rights law.
• Strong writing and analytical skills.

Salary and Benefits: This is an unpaid position. However, IRAdvocates may be able to assist with an intern's pursuit of third-party funding and/or facilitate academic credit if this is available through the intern's law school. Interns or volunteers may also be permitted to work virtually or remotely, depending on the needs of IRAdvocates.

To Apply: Please email your resume and a cover letter to with the subject line "Legal Intern Position - SUMMER 2016."