Call for volunteers with legal experience

About us

Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) is an independent network of NGOs and associations mainly based in the Balkan regions, Greece and Turkey, that monitors human rights violations at the external borders of the European Union and advocates to stop the violence exerted against people on the move. BVMN publishes monthly reports covering pushbacks along the Greek and Balkan routes. Every report analyzes in detail pushbacks in specific geographical areas, escalating of violence, excessive use of force, cases of alleged tortures and other key issues. 

BVMN depends on the work of its volunteers. BVMN’s legal team is searching for volunteers with a background in law or with previous experience in legal work or legal advocacy for a minimum period of 3 months. The work will be mostly remote, but in specific circumstances, the volunteer may be placed with a member organization in the region. 

Tasks

The purpose of the legal team is to ensure accountability of perpetrators of human rights violations at borders against people on the move. We support the field reporters in collecting relevant evidence that would serve to engage with individual complaints to national and international mechanisms, to compile communications to national human rights institutions, and to hold liable EU Agencies. This includes:

    • Undertake field and theory-based legal research;
    • Draft legal briefs, submissions, and other types of communications;
    • Contribute to shaping the legal advocacy work of the Network;
    • Ensure that witnesses and survivors are treated with the highest levels of care and professionalism at all times;
    • Attend internal coordination meetings and external meetings with relevant stakeholders; 
    • Maintain regular check-ins with the rest of the team;
    • Ensure the confidentiality of all information.
Personal requirements
    • Be able to work independently
    • Ability to cope with a stressful working environment and stories of trauma
    • Interest in the topic and the work
    • A degree of flexibility. It is not required to hold fixed working hours, the work being more task based
    • You should be able to work in English
    • Commitment for a least 3 months
What we offer
    • International, motivated team
    • Depending on your and our financial situation, we might be able to reimburse travel costs for work trips 
    • You will be seen as a full member of the team
    • As a registered non-profit association we can issue you appreciative internship certificate and recommendation letters (upon request)
To apply

Send your CV and a short motivation letter with the subject BVMN LEGAL to advocacy@borderviolence.eu