Citizenship and Immigration - Get Involved
Have questions about our services or how you can become a part of our program? Call our Immigration Hotline at 713.273.3707
In partnership with other local agencies, BakerRipley regularly holds free citizenship and immigration forums. Local attorneys speak on the rights and responsibilities of citizens and participants receive free one-on-one legal assistance from immigration attorneys.
Our program offers volunteer engagement through instruction and community member interaction at our monthly Citizenship forums. Volunteers are needed to assist qualified Legal Permanent Residents in completing U.S. citizenship applications.
Training is provided for each volunteer, so they can feel comfortable assisting naturalization applicants. Other duties include forum set up, food assistance, heading the registration table, and more. Being bilingual is not required but it is helpful.
Forums are scheduled on Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. throughout the year at various Greater Houston locations.
Our program offers unpaid internships for Undergraduate, Graduate and Law students looking for experience in social equality and immigration law. Internships are offered in the spring, summer and fall.
Interns assist with an array of tasks including, but not limited to, case management, client intake, and community member walk-in inquiries. Interns interact with community members on a daily basis and assist DOJ Accredited Representatives and Attorneys with client cases. Interns will work within the legal office and will be trained in various areas of immigration law, legal ethics, and client management. Positions will be based at the Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center located in Gulfton and at Ripley House located in the East End.
For more information on current internship opportunities, please register through our volunteer portal located here and search opportunities in our volunteer database. Contact Monica Holtkamp at MHoltkamp@bakerrpiley.org for other questions or concerns.
To learn how you can partner with our Immigration and Citizenship Program or request a Know Your Rights presentation at your organization, please contact Monica Holtkamp at MHoltkamp@bakerripley.org.