Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are an integral part of our mission

Each year, volunteers donate thousands of hours towards legal, translation, fundraising, and social services. Each hour contributed benefits our clients going through the immigration process.


Office Volunteer

For the volunteer looking to help us Monday through Friday between 9AM-5PM at our office!

  • Answering phones (bilingual Spanish/English only)
  • Administrative office work
  • Assistance with event planning and promotion

Volunteers must be 18 years old and over.


Interpreting or Translating

HRI actively recruits volunteer interpreters and translators to provide written translations and in-person interpretation in English for our clients. HRI utilizes volunteer translators for many languages, including Arabic, Amharic, French, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Mandarin, Nepalese, Spanish, Tigrinya, Vietnamese, and more. Volunteer interpreters and translators must complete a background check and read the Interpreter and Translator’s Packet, which contains guidelines for how to complete translations and/or interpret for HRI.

Volunteers must be 18 years old and over.



Volunteer Mentoring Program

HRI’s Mentoring Program pairs community volunteers with some of our adult clients. The goals of the mentoring program are:

  • Giving our clients exposure to life outside of their own living situation and exposure to another person who is not involved in their legal case.
  • Helping our clients integrate into our community by building connections to make their transition easier in Texas.
  • Offering the opportunity for volunteers to have a deeper level of involvement with HRI’s work.
  • Encouraging volunteers to become advocates and increase awareness of HRI’s work.

Bilingual English and Spanish, French, or Arabic speakers are currently needed! Each mentor is asked to commit to a six month period, two hours per month. HRI requires that each interested mentor complete the application process, which includes an Application Form and Mentoring Packet, mandatory criminal background check, and training session.

Volunteers must be 18 years old and over.


How Do I Sign Up?

Before volunteering, each participant must complete HRI’s Online Application Form, sign a confidentiality agreement, and complete a criminal background check request. As a nonprofit organization, we ask that, if possible, you donate $10 to offset the cost of the background check. A check or money order can be included when sending in the volunteer forms, payable to Human Rights Initiative of North Texas.



After these forms have been filled out (please note that where indicated, actual signatures are required), you may scan and email the forms to Lfaulkner@hrionline, fax them to 214.396.2030, or mail a hard copy to Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Attn: Layne Faulkner, 2801 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204.

If you have any further questions about volunteer opportunities, please contact Layne Faulkner.



We are dedicated to representing our clients and assisting our volunteers in a manner consistent with the highest standards of dignity and professionalism.

HRI continuously seeks legal volunteers to assist with:

  • Affirmative asylum cases
  • Representation of clients at the Houston Asylum Office
  • Representation of clients at trial before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (the Dallas Immigration Court)
  • Representation of a child seeking relief based on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • Representation of men, women, and children seeking relief under the Violence Against Women Act
  • Representation of men, women, and children seeking relief under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act through a U-Visa

The Pro Bono Program


Volunteer Forensic Physicians Program


Health Professionals for Human Rights


Pro Bono Association


Internships and Fellowships

2020 Summer Internships are open! To find out more about our Internships and Fellowships Programs, follow the link below.

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In-Kind Donations


Hosting Donation Drives


Essentials for Life Program


Amazon Smile



Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

March 2020

CLE: Taking a Case with HRI

March 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
HRI, 2801 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204 United States
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The monumental triumph of escaping abusive environments often demands everything of survivors. As a pro bono attorney with HRI, you can make a difference. Potential legal volunteers are invited to learn immigration basics, how to represent a client, and ethical considerations. This comprehensive training covers Asylum, VAWA, U-Visa, and SIJ (unaccompanied children) and is the first step in doing pro bono work with HRI. Light refreshments provided. 1.5 CLE credits with .25 ethics credit RSVP: Layne Faulkner Lfaulkner@hrionline.org

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April 2020

Volunteer Training

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
HRI, 2801 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204 United States
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Translating, mentoring, office assistance, and many other opportunities await. Come learn more about how to get involved and volunteer with HRI! Location: HRI Conference Room 2801 Swiss Ave. Dallas, TX 75204.

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May 2020

Volunteer Training

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
HRI, 2801 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204 United States
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Translating, mentoring, office assistance, and many other opportunities await. Come learn more about how to get involved and volunteer with HRI! Location: HRI Conference Room 2801 Swiss Ave. Dallas, TX 75204.

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