Community Advocate, Immigrant Rights Program

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Posted: August 21, 2018
Application Deadline: January 18, 2019

Community Advocate – Immigrant Rights Program

As the nation’s oldest legal organization focusing on the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice-ALC) is a leader in defending the interests of low-income immigrants. Since 1972, Advancing Justice-ALC has litigated high-profile cases and provided an array of services including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation. Our current program areas include National Security and Civil Rights, Immigrant Rights, Workers’ Rights, Housing Rights, Voting Rights and Criminal Justice Reform.

Position Summary: 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 the program attorneys 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.

Responsibilities:

The Community Advocate will have the following responsibilities:

Advocacy

  • 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

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

Qualifications:

  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks in a timely manner
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings
  • Bilingual skills in an API language or Spanish preferred.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Salary is based on experience and principles of internal equity. The starting salary for a candidate with 0 to 1 year of relevant experience is $47,000 and increases with additional years of relevant experience. A full benefits package is included.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit via email a cover letter and resume summarizing interest, qualifications and experience; a writing sample (preferably about a social justice issue, no more than 10 pages); and three professional references to jobs@advancingjustice-alc.org. Please no phone calls.

ALERT: ICE is planning raids on the Cambodian community in the next few weeks. If you are Cambodian, have a deportation order, and were asked to check-in with ICE soon, contact 415-952-0413 to speak to a lawyer.

For resources and information regarding legal services, visit SEAraids.org
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ALERT: ICE is planning raids on the Cambodian community in the next few weeks. If you are Cambodian, have a deportation order, and were asked to check-in with ICE soon, contact 415-952-0413 to speak to a lawyer.

For resources and information regarding legal services, visit SEAraids.org

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My understanding is the US plans to deport 200 cambodians per year until everybody with an order of removal is deported. I don't mean to cause fear but I strongly encourage anybody with a removal order to fight their cases now because once you are detained it becomes much more difficult to have access to attorneys and other resources. I fear this cycle will continue over the next few years.

8 hours ago   ·  10

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None of us are free unless all of us are free from fear! This is unacceptable!

9 hours ago   ·  8
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I love you all, my Southeast Asian brothers and sisters! You’re not alone in this fight!!

3 hours ago   ·  1
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Started with Mexicans, Muslims, now Cambodians... who is next?

8 hours ago   ·  3

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Immigration lawyer ain’t going to do anything but take your money

5 hours ago   ·  2
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Again come on! This is no way to live😠

9 hours ago   ·  1
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Thavanh Vongkeo

7 hours ago
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Lean Pil share with your philly friends

6 hours ago
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David Seng

7 hours ago
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What about Stockton???? My brother in law check in march!!!! What should he do???

6 hours ago

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I am an immigration attorney and I was at immigration court today. I represented four individuals, all from Vietnam, all legal permanent residents with old crimes and recent entries to the U.S. I echo the suggestions above. If you have a removal/deportation order, if you have a history of crimes, if you plan on traveling outside of the U.S., speak with an immigration attorney.

2 hours ago
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Devon Lernsdale

3 hours ago

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This is crazy... the group just left and they starting again already😡

8 hours ago
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Do we have information on Massachusetts?

8 hours ago

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Pechta Sok

6 hours ago
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Molly Mall

1 hour ago
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The Cambodian and Viet communities are again targeted by US militarism-police abuse: from being attacked and displaced in the war in Indochina to becoming refugees to living in US ghetto-conditions to jail now to deportation. This is generational torture by imperialism. Like the Central American exodus the US exports war and guns, imports labor via refugees, over polices them and deports people, and so the cycle continues. I am so sad and sick. I take actions at rallies and make donations to express my rage and solidarity but where do I put the sadness.

7 hours ago   ·  7

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Don’t Check it,go somewhere n live off the land, if your gon get deported anyway

5 hours ago
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