Community Advocate – Immigrant Rights Program


Posted: August 27, 2021


Community Advocate – Immigrant Rights Program

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

Based in San Francisco, CA 

Non-Exempt, Full-time, Regular  position
Applications are due by September 24, 2021


The Opportunity

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice-ALC) seeks a passionate, detail-oriented, and self-motivated Community Advocate to support our Immigrant Rights (IR) program. The IR program addresses the intersection of criminal and deportation systems. The Community Advocate will work with program staff to devise creative strategies for advocacy and mobilization. The Community Advocate will also work with clients in prisons and immigration detention centers alongside the program’s attorneys.


The Organization 

Advancing Justice – ALC is the nation’s first legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (APIs). Since 1972, Advancing Justice – ALC has preserved affordable housing in San Francisco’s Chinatown, litigated high-profile civil rights cases, advocated for the passage of landmark 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 Housing Rights, Immigrant Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, Workers’ Rights, and Voting Rights.

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, serving as a model for preserving affordable housing in the city and protecting tenants’ rights. 



Day-to-day responsibilities of the Community Advocate position vary, and include:


  • Develop and maintain relationships with community organizations and directly impacted community members
  • Engage with media outlets regarding issues faced by our clients 
  • Develop, lead, and execute anti-deportation campaigns
  • Design and draft community educational materials and creative distribution methods
  • Client Services 
  • Conducting screening and intake interviews with new clients and obtaining necessary documentation 
  • Providing limited service to clients under the supervision of attorneys
  • Conducting follow-up and maintain consistent, regular communication with clients
  • Scheduling and calendaring appointments with clients
  • Recording and updating client demographic information in ALC’s database 
  • Maintaining client files and other documentation  
  • Entering data to support program evaluation, outcome tracking, and grant reporting
  • Providing interpretation among clients, attorneys, and volunteers
  • Supporting clients to understand and navigate the legal process

Legal Support

  • Conduct phone intakes with people in jails, prisons, and immigration detention
  • Respond to mail from prisons and immigration detention centers
  • Work with individual clients and their family members in gathering evidence, writing declarations, and preparing witness testimony



  • Strong, demonstrable commitment to social, racial, and socioeconomic justice
  • Experience working with low-income immigrant communities. Experience with incarcerated/formerly incarcerated or Southeast Asian refugee communities preferred.
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups and individuals
  • Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills
  • Experience with advocacy, community organizing, or working with coalitions, highly preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks in a timely manner
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings
  • Bilingual skills in an Asian/Pacific Islander language or Spanish preferred.
  • Formerly incarcerated people are encouraged to apply


Compensation and Benefits

This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position. Salary is based on years of relevant experience and principles of internal equity. Starting salary for a Community Advocate is $57,000 per year. Advancing Justice-ALC offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes the following: generous vacation and paid holidays; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage; a flexible spending account (FSA); and, 401K retirement plan. The terms and conditions of employment may be governed in part by the terms of a collective bargaining agreement.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit via email to (as PDF attachments), including the following:

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  2. Resume
  3. Writing sample (no more than 5 pages)
  4. Three professional references

Please indicate “Community Advocate Immigrant Rights” in the subject line.  


Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus 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, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation. 


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