2020 Yuri Kochiyama Fellow


Posted: October 10, 2019


2020 Yuri Kochiyama Fellow

Based in San Francisco, CA 

One-year, Non-exempt, Full-time position
*Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.*


The Opportunity

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice-ALC)  seeks a 2020 Yuri Kochiyama Fellowship. The Yuri Kochiyama Fellowship was created in 2016 to empower formerly incarcerated Asian Pacific Islander immigrants to lead advocacy bridging movements against prisons and deportation. The 2020 Yuri Kochiyama fellow will work with our Immigrant Rights and Criminal Justice Reform programs on policy advocacy, campaigns against deportations and jail expansion, and providing support to individuals in prison and detention centers. Prior experience in community organizing, advocacy, and willingness to take part in public speaking is desired.

The Organization 

Advancing Justice – ALC is the nation’s oldest legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (APIs). Since 1972, Advancing Justice – ALC has provided immigration legal services, litigated high-profile civil rights cases, advocated for the passage of landmark immigrant rights policy changes, and provided an array of services, including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation to further the rights of low-income immigrants and communities of color. Current program areas include Criminal Justice Reform, Housing Rights, Immigrant Rights, National Security & Civil Rights, Workers’ Rights, Voting Rights, and ASPIRE, the country’s first Asian and Pacific Islander undocumented youth leadership program. A growing staff of 40 provide strong collegial support and opportunities to learn and collaborate with other program areas.

Advancing Justice – ALC is based in San Francisco, a hub of the Asian American rights movement, progressive politics, and social justice activism. Our location in Chinatown is the first mixed-use, affordable housing co-op in San Francisco. 

Day-to-day activities vary in this dynamic position and include the following:

  • Providing non-legal support for incarcerated immigrants through phone calls and letter writing.
  • Leading anti-deportation campaigns for incarcerated immigrants through coalition-building, traditional and social media outreach, providing support to family members, and advocacy with elected officials. 
  • Advocating for pardons from the Governor in California to stop deportations of immigrants with state criminal convictions.
  • Engaging in lobbying for statewide legislation promoting immigrant rights and criminal justice reform, including expanding our state Sanctuary law, the CA Values Act (SB 54).
  • Taking part in community outreach events and Know Your Rights (KYR) presentations.
  • Building relationships with other organizations advocating against prisons and detention centers, including representing our organization in criminal justice and immigrant rights coalition spaces.
  • Advocating for reform of reentry and sentencing laws.
  • Participating in legislative visits, conferences, panels, and press conferences on the aforementioned issues.


  • Formerly incarcerated and/or detained
  • Prior experience in advocacy on prison and/or immigrant rights issues
  • Strong, demonstrable commitment to social, racial, and economic justice
  • Excellent analytical and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks in a timely manner

Salary and Benefits

This is a one-year, full-time, non-exempt position. Salary is based on experience and principles of internal equity. A full benefits package is included.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit via email a cover letter and resume summarizing interest, qualifications and experience and three references to jobs@advancingjustice-alc.org. Please submit materials in PDF format and write “Yuri Kochiyama Fellow Application” in the subject line. Please no phone calls.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Advancing Justice–ALC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

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