What are some careers available in social justice and social activism for immigration? Do I have to become an immigration lawyer to help?
I'm currently a high school senior on my way to college. And immigration is a topic I'm passionate about. I'm very interested in pursuing a career in social justice that will improve and impact the lives of immigrants living within our country. I know that many people tend to pursue careers in immigration law. But I was wondering if there are any other careers outside of law that could help the cause. I'm not sure if I have what it takes to become a lawyer.
I also love math and foreign languages. So, what would be a good language to learn if I were to go into immigration, besides Spanish? (I'm bilingual.)
Social justice and social activism are great career options...and working on the issue of immigration is really important. You don't have to become a lawyer to help. There are lots of roles in organizations that help immigrants. For example, you could work on fundraising, or communication or financial management or software engineering at an organization that helps immigrants. Or, you could be a social worker that helps immigrants get acclimated and find the resources and services they need. Or, you could work for the government in a role that helps immigrants get acclimated and settled. There are also organizations that help refugees and those seeking asylum. So, that's the long answer. The short answer is that you don't have to get a law degree to be super helpful in the field of social justice.
heather recommends the following next steps:
- Here are some organizations you might be interested in finding out about. (I'm in NY so most of them are here...but that are organizations all around the country.) ACLU, Immigration Advocates, University Settlement, International Rescue Committee, Catholic Charities, National Immigration Rights.