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National Security & Civil Rights (NSCR) Community Advocate

December 22, 2021 Job Listing

National Security & Civil Rights (NSCR)
Community Advocate
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Full-Time, Based in San Francisco

Applications Due by January 21, 2022

The Opportunity

The need for creative advocacy to challenge racial and religious profiling and discrimination of Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities in the U.S. is greater than ever. Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice – ALC) seeks a Community Advocate to join its National Security & Civil Rights (NSCR) program to engage, educate, and build movements to represent and mobilize AMEMSA and other marginalized communities of color to address issues at the intersection of national security, criminal justice, and immigrants’ and civil rights. As the political landscape shifts rapidly with new and frequent attacks on immigrant and AMEMSA communities, NSCR works to provide free direct legal services, community outreach and education, and pursue strategic litigation. The Community Advocate is responsible for educating impacted communities regarding their rights, devising campaigns and coalitions advancing the interests of AMEMSA communities, and building relationships with community partners and allies. Significant experience with civil rights, anti-surveillance, immigrants’ rights, and criminal justice, particularly as these issues impact AMEMSA communities, is highly desired.

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). In the aftermath of 9/11, ALC has worked to protect the civil rights of AMEMSA communities. Since 1972, Advancing Justice – ALC has 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. The current program areas include NSCR, Workers’ Rights, Immigrants’ Rights, Housing Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, and Voting Rights. A growing staff provides strong professional and collegial support and opportunities to learn about and collaborate with other program areas. ALC adopts a unique approach of empowering and working with local communities to challenge national policies and practices. The Community Advocate position is an opportunity for those who seek to ground your impact work within local communities.

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.

Recent Accomplishments

Advancing Justice – ALC’s NSCR program works on a broad range of issues; recent examples include the following:

  • Leading multi-city policy advocacy and coalition building to hold local police departments accountable when they collaborate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
  • Challenging the Muslim Ban’s unlawful waiver process through federal litigation and participating in a range of other strategies to continue to fight the Muslim Ban, including through federal administrative advocacy, legislation, and in international forums
  • Working in coalition to challenge the federal government’s discriminatory Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs and frameworks and California’s related programs, including its Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) program
  • Providing direct representation to individuals who have been approached by the FBI for “voluntary interviews,” to individuals who have experienced difficulty while traveling due to placement on discriminatory government watchlists, and to those facing discrimination and national security scapegoating in immigration-related matters (e.g., cases involving Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CARRP))
  • Advancing narratives and stories of impact through varied advocacy, including filing amicus briefs documenting the history and impacts of surveillance targeting AMEMSA communities, discriminatory government policy in violation of the Fourth Amendment at the borders, and other related issues impacting AMEMSA and other communities on the basis of federal policy justified under national security
  • Participating in coalition and advocacy efforts when academics and individuals are targeted for investigation by federal agencies and/or indicted under the pretext of constituting threats to national security and/or engaging in espionage

Responsibilities

  • Learn and keep informed of communities’ needs and identify emerging patterns of national security and civil rights abuses
  • Engage research, analysis, strategic planning, power mapping and other tools and methods to identify and formulate campaigns to effectively challenge discriminatory policies and practices grounded in the abusive rubric of national security and/or counterterrorism
  • Co-design, implement, and lead community advocacy and organizing strategies, including coalition advocacy, while working with colleagues to address issues impacting AMEMSA communities
  • Conduct community education, outreach, and advocacy to engage local AMEMSA community members through regularly scheduled outreach, Know Your Rights presentations and other engagement opportunities across Bay Area mosques and community centers
  • Build and sustain relationships with AMEMSA community leaders, community members and allies to build campaigns and movements on national security and civil rights issues impacting AMEMSA communities
  • Network and build coalitions with aligned community groups and organizations working on immigrants’ rights, civil rights, criminal justice, and racial justice issues
  • Support the NSCR program’s work through grant writing and ensuring compliance of grant deliverables by tracking legal intakes, outreach, and other data
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications

  • B.A./B.S. or highly relevant work experience
  • At least 1-2 years of experience in community advocacy around national security, anti-surveillance, immigrants’ rights, civil rights, or other issues impacting marginalized communities
  • Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrated record of successfully leading and implementing projects and/or advocacy campaigns with measurable impact
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills
  • Ability to build and sustain relationships across the Bay Area and the state of California
  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets, and slide presentations
  • Ability to work with a highly diverse group of mission-driven staff and colleagues with a range of substantive legal, policy and advocacy knowledge, experience, and expertise
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to work independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, community advocates, and community-based organizations;
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of low-income, AMEMSA, API, people of color, and immigrant communities
  • Experience in organizing and/or working in coalition spaces to advance the rights of low-income, AMEMSA, API, people of color, and immigrant communities;
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings if necessary
  • Familiarity with Bay Area AMEMSA communities strongly preferred
  • Preferred bilingual skills, particularly Arabic, Farsi or other AMEMSA-relevant languages.

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 savings plan. The terms and conditions of employment may be governed in part by the terms of a collective bargaining agreement.

Application Process


Interested candidates will need to submit the following:

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

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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, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.